I gather I'm supposed to be horrified that Max Read of Gawker has written this about Steven Crowder, the Fox News provocateur who got involved in a scuffle in Lansing, Michigan, during anti-right-to-work protests a couple of days ago:
Do We Really Have to Condemn the Union Protestor Who Punched Fox News Comedian Steven Crowder?From my perspective, it's really simple. Ordinarily I'm upset when I see reporters getting injured covering stories. But ordinarily the reporters themselves are also upset.
... I have a ... solution: Steven, stop whining, take your licks, and accept that getting hit in the face is a hazard of inserting yourself in the middle of an argument between billionaire-funded know-nothing ideologues and people whose livelihoods and stability are being threatened by the insatiable greed of the super-rich and the blind extremism of their wooden-headed political allies. In exchange, liberals will buy you a band-aid for the cut on your forehead and re-iterate that Punching Is Bad. Sound good? Send your answer on Twitter.
In this case, we know Crowder wasn't upset. He went to Lansing looking for bad behavior on the part of pro-union protesters. He would have been upset if he hadn't found any. It would have been a wasted workday for him. His bosses would have been upset. They would have been deeply disappointed in his work.
So my response to this question is: I'm as upset about Steven Crowder getting punched in Lansing as Steven Crowder is.
Which is approximately as upset as Max Read of Gawker is.