The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 September 2008

CNS: Code Pink Used Media Badges To Disrupt GOP Convention


Fringe Activists Use Passes To Penetrate GOP Convention

Talk hosts and bloggers are buzzing over now-confirmed reports that radical Code Pink activists infiltrated this week's GOP convention in St Paul using media passes belonging to others. Once inside, they were able to disrupt the proceedings, including Sarah Palin's speech and pro-life speeches that occurred earlier in the week.

The latter event featured radio talk host Laura Ingraham and longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

According to CNS News (in a story referenced earlier by Rush Limbaugh), at least one of the badges obtained by Code Pink was intended for a St Louis Post-Dispatch reporter:

Code Pink Used Media Credentials to Disrupt Convention Event

By Fred Lucas and Pete Winn Staff Writers

( – St. Paul, Minn. - A Code Pink protestor, who identified herself to as Rae Abileah, used a media credential to disrupt a pro-life event held here this week during the Republican National Convention.

In an on-camera interview with, Abileah, who was wearing a badge identifying her as “Jo Mannies, St. Louis Post-Dispatch,” said someone gave her a media credential to get into the event, which was sponsored by the Republican National Coalition for Life (RNC for Life). Where did you get the name tag?

Abileah: From the table. ….

Unidentified woman: You’re not Jo Mannies. [Then to] She’s got a Jo Mannies badge on.

Abileah: Someone gave me this to go inside.

Unidentified woman: Joe Mannies is a reporter form the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. From the state of Missouri. And you’re not Jo Mannies.

Abileah: Someone gave me it from a media outlet.

Mannies, a regional political correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, told by phone that she didn’t give her name tag to anybody. She also did not know anyone had impersonated her at the Republican National Coalition for Life event until two Missouri delegates told her about it later.

But she also said that she had not been issued a badge with her name on it, either.

“I had gone there and checked in, and they handed me a badge without a name on it, it just said ‘media,’” Mannies said. “So, I just stuck it on, and went in and I was sitting in the back typing, and I went to the ladies room, ran back in when I heard a little ruckus, saw her on stage shouting, as she was being rolled out--a protester, I have no idea who it was--then I left because I had to get to the convention center.”

In fact, Code Pink now outright admits it disrupted Palin's speech, as its site indicates:

ST. PAUL — Two activists of the women’s peace group CODEPINK disrupted Sarah Palin’s speech tonight at the Republican National Convention when they approached the stage where Palin was speaking, adjusted their clothes to reveal pink slips that read “Palin is not a woman’s choice,” stood there at the side of the stage for about a minute and yelled “Women say no to war!” and “Women need a vice-president for peace!” They also removed banners that read “Women need a peace vice-president.”

Co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, who were given their tickets to the speech by a Republican delegate who was frustrated with the Republican party and Sarah Palin, caught the attention of Palin with their banners and shouting about 15 minutes into her speech. Palin stopped talking for a moment to turn to look at them.

Still unanswered is how Code Pink was able to obtain these passes. Was security really that lax? It seems hard to believe. Did a media outlet provide them with credentials belonging to others? If true, it would have truly crossed an ethical line.

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  • Yawn...big friggin' deal.

    This is nothing compared to the fake staged "protest" during the florida recount, and I sure never heard you condemn that.

    Meanwhile - why are you asking for "Honor System Contributions" when you yourself have no honor?

    By Anonymous TJ, at 05 September, 2008 19:54  

  • tj- Are you liberals still bitching about the election of 2000? Well I must admit Al Gore would still be counting chads if someone did not stop him.

    Word is that two of the "Code Pink" loons were given press passes by MSNBC. This I can believe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 September, 2008 21:56  

  • no, anonymous, I am not bitching. I am pointing out the obvious partisan hyprocrisy?

    are you really so dumb that I have to explain such a simple concept to you?

    By Anonymous tj, at 05 September, 2008 23:44  

  • Wow, takes big balls to accuse MSNBC anonymously.

    By Blogger Ezsuds, at 06 September, 2008 02:38  

  • I wonder if any laws were broken by their fraudulent actions?

    By Blogger Carl, at 06 September, 2008 03:08  

  • This is not a real big issue, unless you are concerned about the security of a potential presidential candidate or the safety of the general public at these events.

    I saw a great video that can be used on November 5. It shows how the democrats will react when Obama loses the election.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 06 September, 2008 11:29  

  • This is no doubt political payback for Limbaugh trying to push protests like 68' on the Democratic Convention..which by the way never materialized! I love it. I would have rather they didn't interrupt the speeches but since the free speech zones are so far removed from the conventions you can see why they did it. Protesting 2 miles down the road is like a tree falling in the Forrest. It doesn't make a noise unless you're right there. The G.o.P. deserved everything they get.

    By Anonymous Deever Dave, at 06 September, 2008 11:39  

  • Yo, Benson.

    On the previous post, I in no way meant to impugn the Constitution Party or any other.

    Seriously - I don't believe voting for a non-repub or non-demo party(for anyone) is a wasted vote - the most genuine action is to vote for that in which you believe.

    That's kinda supposed to be the point, rather than the siss-boom-bah football game style of fanboyism that rules politics these past twenty or so years.

    And kudos on admitting to the knee-jerk reactionism ;)

    And my word verification is "jekoky" - there's an awful joke in there, somewhere...

    By Anonymous TJ, at 08 September, 2008 01:12  

  • fact, to follow-up, i'm wililng to admit i'm not as honorable as you are as to how I come to my voting decisions.

    I cannot remember ever voting _for_ something or someone, be it a ballot initiative or referendum or a candidate.

    I pretty much vote for the side of an issue or candidate i believe has the most likelihood of defeating the issue i don't want passed, or of defeating the candidate i don't want in office.

    the very first time i registered ever, i registered republican so i could vote against jesse helms in the republican primary back in 86 or so - fat lot of good that did.

    so, you're a knee-jerk intolerant reactionary, and i'm a horrible opportunistic cynic.

    aren't we a crowd?

    By Anonymous TJ, at 08 September, 2008 01:20  

  • you wanna talk fraud?

    how's about Carl Cameron of Fox News pushing a completely made-up story about the DNC supposedly throwing away American flags?

    That's not just fraud, that's out-and-out lying to his viewers - without any effort to confirm it.

    Fox in general teased the "story" for hours and hours before having the other side - meaning they were trying to do what damage they could before they had the whole story, rather then getting the whole story and reporting it.

    This wasn't one of those "the American people need to know now!" moments - it was a deliberate act to impugn the democratic national convention.

    THAT's fraud, Brian. Why aren't you reporting it? It's in the media.

    oh - wait. You're the "radio equalizer" - the media reporting guy. Code Pink isn't the media.

    Fox News is.

    Hrm...where does Brian's loyalty lie - the truth, or partisan right-wing politics...can't seem to grab that answer....

    By Anonymous TJ, at 08 September, 2008 15:48  

  • TJ is just making up a lie. The photos are far more believable than his words.

    The American flags the Democrats threw into the garbage. Does this look like something they planned to save???

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 08 September, 2008 17:02  

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