The journalist whom Teresa Heinz Kerry told to “shove it” after rejecting a question he asked her after a speech says he has received death threats in the aftermath of the incident.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial page editor and columnist Colin McNickle says the reports of the confrontation with the wife of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry were used by liberals to “demonize not only me but the Trib,” he wrote in a column yesterday.
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As WorldNetDaily reported, in a speech July 25 to her home-state delegates to the Democratic National Convention, Heinz Kerry used the term “un-American” to describe the sometimes harsh rhetoric used.
Minutes later, when McNickle asked her what she meant by the term “un-American,” Kerry turned angry.
“I didn’t say that,” she said. “You’re putting words in my mouth. I didn’t say that.”
After conferring with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and others, Kerry then returned to confront McNickle.
“Are you from the Tribune-Review?” she asked.
“Yes,” replies McNickle.
“I thought so,” she said. “You said something I didn’t say. Now shove it.”
Ironically, the confrontation came immediately following an even-toned speech by Mrs. Kerry to the Pennsylvania delegation – the first to be visited by the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee – about returning civility to American politics. Kerry’s comment was caught on videotape.
“We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian – and sometimes un-American – traits that are coming into some of our politics,” she told her fellow Pennsylvanians at a reception at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
McNickle wrote that “‘Right-wing rag’ became the pejorative du jour, vomited repeatedly by liberal media elitists” to describe his paper.
The editor quoted some of the invective that had been sent to him via e-mail:
“‘I hope you burn in hell,’ read one e-mail. ‘You’re a (expletive) Nazi,’ went another. ‘Teresa should have told you to go (expletive) yourself,’ another friendly e-mailer offered. And these were among the milder communiques; those that included death threats will be forwarded to the senders’ respective hometown police departments.
“One of my daughters back in Pittsburgh was brought to tears by a caller to our house. The clever woman identified herself as a Washington reporter seeking to interview me but then embarked on a filthy tirade. It seems a member of the Heinz Kerry Civility Enforcement Patrol posted our home address and telephone number on the response part of my convention blog.”
As for the “shove it” comment, McNickle wrote: “I have been told worse things by more important people.”