When you're Tom Horne, and a blogger shoots video of you being followed and surrounded by chanting protesters—many of whom are students protesting anti-immigrant legislation—should you ignore the video, and move on to your important work as state Attorney General?
No. You issue a press release on your website describing the protesters as a thuggish mob and taking more shots at ethnic studies—and you include the video.
Here's a link to Horne's site here.
We featured the video here. And below is what Horne thinks about the incident and the video (and yes, Mr. Horne, for the 20th time, we know how much you like to do interviews in Spanish with stations like Univision, but, really, who cares?):
RAZA STUDIES SUPPORTERS, IN A THUGGISH MOB, TRIED TO SHOUT DOWN ATTORNEY GENERAL HORNE
PHOENIX (Thursday March 17, 2011) — Attorney General Tom Horne today released a video of a screaming mob of Raza Studies supporters who interfered with the Attorney General’s efforts to accommodate a request to be interviewed by a television news crew.
In the video below, viewers can see a thuggish mob of Raza Studies supporters trying to shout down Horne, to attempt to prevent an interview with Univision Television.
Horne was in the process of leaving the Capitol after a meeting, when a reporter from Univision Televsion asked him to return to where his cameraman was, so he could do an interview in Spanish, as frequently does for Spanish-language media. A thuggish mob of Raza Studies reporters surrounded them and tried to prevent the interview, screaming at the top of their lungs. When the interview was over, Horne walked to his car, still surrounded by the mob, screaming vulgar epithets.
Horne said, “The Raza Studies program teaches irrational mob behavior as a matter of habit. For example, they did a street play called 'the killing of Tom Horne' which was filmed by channels 4 and 9 in Tucson, and broadcast.”
For a YouTube video (not produced by this office) of Attorney General’s Horne encounter this week go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu3UW_Cw1-8.