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Neil Cavuto Trots Out Another Right Wing Victim To Drum Up More Anger Against Democrats

Reported by Ellen - March 31, 2010 -

Co-authored by Brian

Those perpetual victims at Fox News are still whining about how Democrats are getting too much attention for the anger and threats being made against them. On Fox, that’s an excuse to drum up more anger against Democrats. One of yesterday’s excuses was Bill Rice. You may recall he’s the guy who had his finger bitten off at a pro health care reform rally last September. Rice visited Your World yesterday (3/30/10) where he and Cavuto did their best to play up Rice’s victimhood and play down the fact that his finger was bitten off after he punched someone in the face - twice. With video.

Cavuto asked Rice to “refresh people’s memories” about what happened the day he lost his finger.

Rice said, "I wasn’t there as a protester. I was driving down the street, where I saw a group from Moveon.org and a group from Code Pink protesting on the corner in my hometown then, which was Thousand Oaks, California. My son had just been commissioned into the Marine Corps, and I was concerned that folks there may have been protesting against him and his bravery and I stopped to question that. My questions were answered satisfactorily and I was in the process of leaving when I was accosted by a man, came across the street, screaming at me that I was an effing idiot. And he was waving his arms in a violent way, and he came at me as if to attack me. So a scuffle ensued and my fist ended up in his mouth, and he bit my finger off."

That’s a somewhat sanitized version of what other news outlets reported. As KTLA described it,

“William Rice, 65, of Newbury Park, became involved in a heated discussion with a member of Code Pink, sheriff’s Capt. Ross Bonfiglio said.

After the argument, Rice returned to where his own group was standing.

A man from Moveon.org’s area then walked over to the opponents and verbally confronted Rice, allegedly calling him names and acting aggressively, Bonfiglio said.

Rice later told investigators he felt threatened by the man and punched him in the nose, Bonfiglio said.

The punch set off a fist fight between the two men, during which the tip of Rice’s left pinky finger was bitten off, Bonfiglio said.”

NBC reported,

"The situation turned violent when William Rice punched an Obama supporter who had wandered over to the counter-demonstration.

"Yes, sir, I did. He came at me, calling me an idiot. And when … he got within my range, I threw a punch," Rice said during an interview with Fox News.

"Then I threw a second punch, and my fist ended up in his mouth," Rice said. "He bit my pinky finger off."

So Cavuto knew that Rice had punched the other guy twice before his finger had been bitten. Yet Cavuto never brought it up nor challenged Rice on his violent behavior.

Instead, Cavuto told Rice, “I think people need to see the proof of what happened. Do you mind showing us your hand where the finger was bitten off?”

No, Rice didn’t mind.

Cavuto continued, "We covered that when that happened... Just as we played last week, and through our live weekend coverage, threatening phone calls that come to Democratic Congressmen as well as Republican congressman. But there was scant coverage of your incident. What do you make of that?"

Other than Fox News' coverage, Rice complained there was "No coverage whatsoever." Well, maybe no coverage except for CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and The Washington Post. NBC noted that Rice had refused an interview with them. Gee, do you think that might have limited their coverage somewhat?

Rice added dubiously, ”As a result of this event, I became politically active and I joined the Tea Party movement."

Rice went on to ratchet up the tone with now-familiar rhetoric. "When a government acts against the will of the people, that this is tyranny and I think that’s exactly what happened here."

Rather than tamp down the rhetoric, Cavuto affirmed it. "That's a good point. Doesn’t make you a nut or a violent case. Quite the opposite."