On the Bus

So it turns out that there were fake, bussed in protesters at the town halls:

You’re reading this story today because Tuesday I was able to confirm with the Service Employees International Union that it rented vans and encouraged people to carpool to the event. About 100 SEIU members attended, from as far away as Muskegon and Detroit, said Zac Altefogt, a spokesman for SEIU Healthcare Michigan.

Oh, you meant fake, bussed in people against the health insurance takeover?  No, haven’t found them yet.

OFA state director Aletheia Henry assured us that her group had not bused people to the rally.

We wrote a short follow-up Saturday and thought it was resolved.

Then this week, some readers e-mailed us photos of supporters standing in front of a bus from Trinity Transportation parked several blocks away near Family Video, 1111 W. Ganson St.

My colleague followed up with Henry. We told her we understood OFA hadn’t chartered the buses, but we wondered if she knew who had. She refused to answer the question and then hung up the phone.

Disgusting.  Both that they think we are stupid enough to not see what is going on, and that people I otherwise though of as reasonable were spreading the slander that the takeover opponents were the astroturfers.


  1. R says:

    What makes them fake?

  2. Phelps says:

    I’m not sure, but that’s what everyone on the other side of me says about the takeover opponents.

  3. R says:

    Yeah. I never knew rallies only “counted” if the people involved lived within 10 miles of it.