Tuesday, June 6, 2017

LA Times FAILS: Going Toe-Toe with Article about Me

As everyone should know by now ... The Los Angeles Times wrote a front-page article about me.

Here's the front page, upper fold for everyone to see:

Now, here is the text of the article with my comments, clarifications, and contrasts:

Shut up, Arthur, you Nazi!': Trump backer leads the resistance to the resistance in California

The crowd in the Inglewood High School auditorium had lost its patience with the loud white man in the sweat-stained Make America Great Again hat.

"Loud white man"? Really? This is the best kind of contrast which the report could set up?

Arthur Christopher Schaper sat among a mostly African American crowd at Rep. Maxine Waters’ town hall meeting last month, calling the Los Angeles Democrat “the crazy black lady” and heckling her for his Facebook Live audience. People begged him to stop talking over “Auntie Maxine.” He said he was being discriminated against.

Who is "people"? Most people were minding their own business.

“God bless Donald Trump!” he shouted.

“Shut up, Arthur, you Nazi!” someone retorted.

That remark came from one of the Brown Supremacists sititing behind me:

As the police escorted him out with the crowd cheering, Schaper held up his phone, video rolling. The next day, he blogged about it, saying Trump supporters in California were “behind enemy lines.” His ejection was quickly chronicled as heroic by the far-right website InfoWars and by Sarah Palin on her Facebook page.

Indeed, why should I not write about the discrimination against me? How about what happened to my friends Harim Uzziel and Jesse Suave? They did nothing.

California is the symbolic home of the resistance to Trump, a blue state where politicians are fighting his moves on issues like immigration, climate change and healthcare, and where thousands have taken to the streets in protest.

Schaper is part of the resistance to the resistance, a Californian who delights in upending city council meetings in so-called sanctuary cities and shouting down Democratic politicians.
Schaper is so abrasive that the local Republican Party has disavowed him. But he is indicative of the growing extremism of debate in the Trump era, when the president’s supporters and detractors in California have waged violent, vitriolic protests in Berkeley, Huntington Beach and elsewhere.

Don't you just love that phrase "so-called sanctuary cities"? Cities like Cudahy have brazenly announced that they are sanctuary cities! This kind of writing is a petty form of editorializing, nothing more.

"So abrasive that teh local Republican Party has disavowed him." The two complaints against me had nothing to do with my being abrasive. The whole revocation kabuki theater had everything to do with the unprincipled cowardice of the RPLAC leadership.

“People are afraid to put Trump bumper stickers on their car,” Schaper said. “I’m going, ‘I’ve had enough of this.’ We’re going to fight right back. We’re going to defend our right to stand with our president, to stand for our values.”

Yes! Please Retweet the above!

Who is Arthur Christopher Schaper?

Schaper, a 36-year-old unemployed Torrance resident and blogger, usually shows up at public meetings in his red Make America Great Again cap, wearing a Trump flag as a cape. He records his escapades on cellphone video, narrating in real time as he trolls in real life.

I am not unemployed. Vesselnews.com brought me on as a journalist for their newssite.


Schaper's style — which includes showing up to Waters' office with a sign reading, "Maxine Waters Go to Hell" — caused the Republican Party of Los Angeles County to pull the charter from the Beach Cities Republicans club of which he is president.

No it didn't. I wrote about this previously.

Schaper is involved with numerous right-wing groups, including MassResistance, an anti-LGBTQ organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled a hate group. He said financial support from MassResistance helps fund his activism.

Southern Poverty Law Center? No

Supported by MassResistance? Yes.

The quality of this journalism is rather low, considering that the SPLC has been thoroughly debunked, enough that government websites have rejected their "hate list".

This statement comes almost word-for-word from the Daily Breeze article about me, and that from the OC Weakly article, too.

He and roughly a dozen supporters and anti-illegal immigration activists have become a particularly unwelcome presence at city council meetings in places with large Latino immigrant populations such as Cudahy, El Monte and Huntington Park.

More than a dozen, actually. Actually, the average turnout for our team is between 15 and 20.

In recent weeks, they have shouted down a Riverside speech by state Senate leader Kevin de León (screaming “Anchor baby!”) and a Redondo Beach town hall by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu.

Who shouted "anchor baby?" Not sure. This "reporting" merely follows from some of the videos which I have recorded. Do some of these reporters make a point of actually attending meetings anymore?

They temporarily stopped an immigration town hall led by Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) on May 30, interrupting his speech. Schaper got in Correa’s face, recording video as he screamed about “illegal aliens.” Three people — including a man who hit a Trump supporter over the head with a flagpole bearing an anti-fascism banner — were detained or arrested.

"Arrested or detained." Really?! What kind of inaccuracy is this? I call it leaning to the left and attempting to depict them as less bad.

Also, notice how the reporter did not bother to point out the treasonous, lawless nature of the event. They forgot to mention that 

Furthermore, she should have noted that I was reporting the event in my capacity as journalist for Vessel News. Yet she still wrote that I was unemployed. Now that is clearly bad journalism, or corrupt narrative making.

In March, they cut short an Ontario meeting led by California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, then gathered at a Coco’s Bakery afterward, vowing over dinner to “take California back.” The fracas was gleefully covered by Breitbart.

 You bet. Hailey also sat with Chanell Temple for about 30 minutes to hear about what blacks have endured because of illegal immigration. I don't see anything about her plight in the article. What gives?

“Trump’s election has energized people on a side of the spectrum that has been relatively quiet in California in recent years,” said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles.

FYI: Rafe Sonenshein is a leftist with little objective credibility. He writes a frequent article for the Jewish Journal, which has gone so far left that the paper has become impalatable. Conservative Jews do touch that paper. The inclusion of Dennis Prager and David Mamet as contributors has not helped.

Although anti-immigration hardliners feel as if they have a friend in the White House and are more in line with Republican views nationally, in California they are more of a throwback to an earlier era, he said.

Mixed construction. What does having an ally in the White House now have to do with advocating for view points from the past? Hailey was trying to write one idea, but then connected to another that was irrelevant

Schaper and his allies often plot their next moves at chain restaurants like Sizzler, Coco's, Denny's and McDonald's. In an interview at a Sizzler in Torrance — during which he propped up his cellphone on a bottle of steak sauce to videorecord a Times reporter — Schaper said his provocations are payback for the raucous town halls Republican lawmakers have faced since Trump took office.

Huh? What does propping one's cellphone have to do with anything? This has got to be one of the most needless and arbitrary details in the report. Who edits this stuff?

FYI, I had propped up my camera phone like that to record our interview.

“Being nice doesn’t work,” he said.

Great line. I hope people print it in a quotation compendium some day.

The day before the election, Trump tweeted a link to a column from the conservative website Townhall.com headlined, “What I Like About Trump … and Why You Need to Vote for Him.”
It was written by Schaper, whose voice swells with pride when he mentions the tweet.

Of course! How else would I feel? This is the second time a media source reported that Trump tweeted my Townhall.com article!

“Because of his lead on attacking and diminishing establishment media, it’s encouraged more of us to come out,” Schaper said of Trump. “The media narrative isn’t going to be dominant. We get to be the media now.”

Yes indeed, and now the Los Angeles Times is my next victim.

Schaper was raised in the South Bay in a “churchgoing, Bible-believing, evangelical” family, he said. He doesn’t currently attend a church, saying “compromising liberalism” is causing churches to shy away from the Bible.

All of the above. How true it is. I do not apology for the inerrancy of God's Word.

I also am saddened that many churches do not preach the fullness of the Gospel of Grace.

But Pastor Joseph Prince does -- and notice once again that the newsreport is silent on this matter.

He worked for several years as a substitute teacher but said students mocked him and threw things at him. After he was laid off in 2012, Schaper, who complains of “welfare for illegals,” collected unemployment and got financial help from his father before going to work at a Vons grocery store.

I am not sure if the reporter was trying to complain about a dichotomy or a contradiction here.

First of all, I am not an illegal alien. Rest assured

Second of all, I have like evryone else paid into Unemployment (it's called unemployment insurance for a reason.)

I am not ashamed that my father was willing to help me. In fact, my father felt that his financial contributions were a sound investment--which has indeed paid off!

Schaper is currently unemployed and uninsured, and was exempt from paying a fine for failing to sign up for coverage because his income was so low, he said. Yet, at Waters’ town hall he shouted about the Affordable Care Act: “I can afford my own healthcare! I don’t want to live off Mommy!"

I would rather have the government get out of the way. Who wouldn't? Why has health insurance become unaffordable? Obamacare! I am glad to hear that the President and the Republican Congress are taking steps to get that terrible program away from us.

Trump wasn’t his first choice for president, Schaper said. But he was swayed by the way Trump spoke about illegal immigration. He believes all people in the U.S. illegally, including those brought as young children, should be deported.

Yes. End of story.

In May, Schaper went to an El Monte City Council meeting with fellow members of the Claremont-based anti-illegal immigration group We the People Rising, led by Robin Hvidston, who was previously associated with the Minuteman Project that led vigilante border patrols.
A few weeks earlier, they disrupted an immigrants’ “know your rights” forum in El Monte. Schaper — who said he contacted U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to report the event — was escorted out by police.

Again, the bias is palpable. There are "immigrants", and there are "illegal aliens". This distinction matters, even if the liberal press doesn't want it to.

At the council meeting, Schaper and his group complained about illegal immigration.

“They hate brown people!” someone shouted.

“Racists, go home!” others hollered.

At this point in the article, the website version of the article features a picture of Harim Uzziel and Jesse Suave --both Trump supporters--being  forced out of the Maxine Waters Town Hall.

Once again, they are both Latinos for Trump, and they are friend of mine--and they are "brown."

Did the reporters and the editors even bother to ensure that their bias was consistent even on a superficial level? At all?!

I have to ask at this point: who are the ones who really hate "brown people"?

Who are the racists?

Chanell Temple, a black Trump supporter who said she lost a bookkeeping job because she couldn’t speak Spanish, said during public comments that immigrants in the country illegally are “riding off the backs of blacks,” usurping their hard-fought civil rights movement.
Schaper held a sign asking El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero: “Who do you work for?? Americans or illegals!!!”

The issue was more than she could not speak Spanish. The company reuired her to speak Spanish because they were hiring illegal aliens. Notice the purposeful elimination of needed information?
I have exposed before that Branson's lack of  understanding of English--and/or her clear bias--

“Verguenza!” Schaper shouted in Spanish, pointing at Quintero. Shame on you!

No uotation marks for "Shame on you!"? More bad editing.

As the group filed out, someone yelled, “You’re the KKK!” Another person hissed, “vendida!” (sellout) at Trump supporter Loretta Sanchez, from Hesperia.

El Monte resident Veronica Tomas stood near the door, taking video as Temple walked toward her.

“Get that phone out of my face,” Temple said, walking into her. Tomas shrieked and dropped her phone. Police held the women apart as Schaper and the others rushed to the parking lot, whispering their next meeting place that night: a Denny’s in Temple City.

Oh, and Chanell did not walk into Tomas, but Tomas lied, without a doubt, and the article proved it.

Quintero said the group is a familiar, if annoying, presence. As he was recently reading an article about them disrupting de León’s town hall, the mayor saw a photo of Schaper and another man sitting next to him, making a face.

The mayor is lying again, as usual. We are not familiar faces in El Monte, nor did we have an interest to do so. We went to the illegal alien town hall. Then we went to the May 2 El Monte City Council meeting.

How does that make us "familiar" to this corrupt mayor?

"There was a picture of a guy sticking his tongue out, and it was like, ‘Hey, I know that guy!’ “ Quintero said, laughing.

A few weeks later, Schaper and crew went to the City Council meeting in Cudahy, a so-called sanctuary city, holding signs with messages like “ICE Hotline Call Now!” They were greeted by a sign that read: “Deport all white supremacists back to Europe!”

Seriously, Hailey. "So-called" Sanctuary city? Chris Garcia himself boasted about the city taking on sanctuary status. Do a better job, or call it quits.

After the meeting abruptly ended because there were not enough council members to form a quorum, the scene devolved into screaming between the Trump supporters and dozens of livid protesters, some holding a Mexican flag.

Sheriff’s deputies pleaded with Schaper, by name, to walk away and escorted him to his car as a sheriff’s helicopter flew overhead.

Yes, but I refused to shoved off since I had committed no crimes.

Making the Sizzler great again

On a warm May evening, the Beach Cities Republicans club gathered at the Sizzler in Torrance, members filling their plates from the salad and taco bar.

Hailey, you need to edit better. What does eating at a taco bar have to do with anything?

Schaper was elected to a second term as the group’s president in the fall — which caused the L.A. County GOP to revoke its charter. Schaper says the party turned on him because he takes his cues from Trump and is willing to confront.


“They want to have a full social calendar, have a bunch of nice titles, eat, burp, and that’s it,” he said. “It’s almost like the Republicans have all but given up.”


In a statement, the county GOP cited Schaper’s “inappropriate activities” — disrupting meetings, intimidating elected officials and citizens — as a major reason for pulling the charter.
“Complaints about his activities from elected officials and everyday citizens reflect badly on the Republican Party,” the party said.

Now this is a memo I had never received. Since when did I engage in "inappropriate" activities? I asked for the record to explain the problems, which they never produced.

At the Sizzler, Beach Cities member Claude Todoroff, of Torrance, lamented the rift between the club and the party.

“We should be kicking Democratic ass, not our own!” he said.

Claude Todoroff is the President of the Torrance-Lomita Republican Assembly. He also rebuffed RPLAC, refusing to donate any money to them.

One of Schaper’s guests was Joseph Turner, whose group American Children First unsuccessfully tried to ban children who came to the U.S. illegally from some Inland Empire public schools and to force the American-born children of parents here illegally to pay tuition.

“Us Southern Californians wear our anti-illegal immigration activism like a badge of courage,” Turner said. “We know ... we are the toughest and most effective activists in the nation.”
Schaper shed his abrasive persona as he led the meeting. When people spoke, he asked the crowd to please be respectful and quiet or leave.


Final Reflection

I have already exposed the Marxist bias--or lack of language skill--of this writer.

I have further shared key problems with the article, which abound.

I would further add that the writer herself, in connection with the shabby editing, expose a pretty failed narrative.

More to come!

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