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What Happens When a Breitbart Reporter Goes to Jail

Lee Stranahan's time behind bars in Baton Rouge

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Lee Stranahan of the right-wing website Breitbart was arrested Saturday night while covering a protest against police abuses in Baton Rouge. As my colleague Anthony Fisher noted on Monday, Stranahan—a writer not generally predisposed to side with protesters—subsequently declared on Twitter that he "not only [believes] my imprisonment was unconstitutional but I believe the other protesters['] was as well."

Now Stranahan has published a nearly 3,500-word account of his detention. While it's safe to say that he hasn't been converted to the Black Lives Matter cause, he also writes without malice about the people he was detained with:

We had a lot of time to kill, and I had some great conversations. I quickly learned that the issue here in Baton Rouge for these people was not ideologically driven. Over and over, they told me the issue was not about Democrat or Republican but about the way law enforcement handles things in both Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana in general, which has one of the largest incarceration rates in Western civilization. These protesters did not have the agenda of overthrowing capitalism that many of the top leaders of Black Lives Matter have; they want police abuse to end, and they see the Alton Sterling case as emblematic of that problem.

I was open with everyone about what I did for a living and that I work for a conservative website, as well as being a Republican. I encountered no hostility whatsoever for those beliefs, although I did get some genuine curiosity, particularly from some of the younger black m[e]n who had never really had a conversation with a Republican.

I'm pretty sure this is the first time any article in Breitbart has included the phrase "thank God for the National Lawyers Guild"—that being the leftist organization that eventually got the group out of jail. "Do I wish there was a conservative, pro-liberty legal group out there that I could've called?" Stranahan writes. "You're darn right I do, but there was no such group involved in what was going on in Baton Rouge."

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  1. MUH PRECONCEPTIONS

    1. First, we were marched past the fencing and razor wire into a room to watch an orientation film about prison rape, which included helpful suggestions like not to take a Snickers bar if someone offers it to you because you may be required to provide sexual favors in exchange. Full disclosure: nobody ever offered me a Snickers bar.

      I always thought it was the Almond Joy….

      1. It’s the Mound Bars you want to avoid. Mound for a mound they always say.

        1. It’s suspicious that you know that.

        2. Almond Joy’s got nuts. Mounds don’t.

        3. Shouldn’t it be “mound for a pound”?

      2. Zero Bars mean you are up for giving blowjobs while you have a mouth full of pennies.

        1. That seems like a choking hazard.

          1. So don’t go to prison, fool!

          2. Wouldn’t that depend on whether the guy was black or asian?

      3. I always thought it was the Almond Joy….

        Tootsie Rolls.

      4. an orientation film about prison rape

        HI, IM TROY MCCLURE! YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME FROM OTHER DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FILMS SUCH AS “HELLO DARKNESS MY OLD FREIND: ISOLATION TIPS FOR DUMMIES” AND “HOW TO BRIBE SCREWS AND WIN FRIENDS” … TODAY WE’RE GOING TO DISPEL AN OLD MYTH ABOUT SOAP, AND LEARN A LOT OF NEW THINGS ABOUT “SALAD”

  2. One of the best ways to lower tensions or prevent them is to intermingle the two sides — like here, like trade, like exchange students. It’s always amused me that those in favor of forced school integration leave out this aspect, instead blathering about righting past wrongs, equality, etc, when they had a fantastic rationalization staring them in the face.

    But politicians don’t want to lower tensions or reduce alarm — they live on strife and alarums. So do the media.

    1. Absolutely like trade.

      Trade shows respect for your fellow man. Central planning does not.

    2. It’s always amused me that those in favor of forced school integration leave out this aspect, instead blathering about righting past wrongs, equality, etc, when they had a fantastic rationalization staring them in the face.

      I’ve heard that justification plenty of times. Isn’t it the go-to explanation for why whites also benefit from affirmative action?

      1. It is. It lacks the voluntary aspect of trade, exchange students, etc, although I suppose going to jail is also not very voluntary, but on the gripping hand, protesting with the chance of jail is voluntary.

        Statists despise voluntary actions.

    3. One of the best ways to lower tensions or prevent them is to intermingle the two sides — like here

      What the fuck did you just fucking say, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot.

      (With respect to HM)

      1. You guys are a little too… good at this.

        /narrows gaze. Raises eyebrow.

        1. It’s called copypasta for a reason!

      2. Do you mind if I steal that too?

    4. I’m not sure why you haven’t heard that explanation, I’ve heard it plenty over the years.

      The problem is that “compelling government interest” is a legal defense, not offense. So in the 50s and 60s when folks were fighting segregation, it was pretty much useless as a legal argument.

  3. I actually checked out the comments for the article over on Breitbart. It was a good reminder of why I’m not a Republican.

    1. JHTFC

      Actually, the fire hoses worked better than you think.

      And remember the Kent State shootings? Bullets stopped that nightmare, during the time when several colleges were rioting.

      Those rioting colleges/universities were finally closed for awhile and the rioting stopped.

      Rioting really doesn’t work. Take lessons from Gandhi and M.L. King…peaceful demonstrations DO work.

      1. Bullets stopped that nightmare

        WHAT. THE. FUCK??!!

        1. Them students was misbehavin’, now they ain’t. ?\_(?)_/?

          1. What is this magic you are using to make symbols?

            1. Look at the source, LukeLee.

        2. Hey, remember how these are the people with whom libertarians should find common cause, since we agree on practically everything except some very minor details, which is why you should always vote Republican if you want a libertarian outcome?

          1. I don’t recall, was this before or after Reason presented the libertarian case for a socialist?

            1. There has been plenty since then.

              What was the libertarian case for Bernie again? He might be slightly less likely to get involved in pointless wars?

              1. Something about marijuana probably.

      2. I wouldn’t judge Republicans or even conservatives too harshly for Breitbart comments. Since their early support for Trump and flirtation with the “cuckservative” slur, the comments have been taken over by elements of the White Power movement.

        That Breitbart doesn’t do something about their comments does say something, but the commenter base there from before Trump has mostly fled or were already in agreement with white supremacist thought.

        It’s really sort of sad that they have let their comment section rot away.

        [No, I’m not calling Trump a white supremacist.]

        1. You’re a fine one to talk about rotting away of a comments section. 😛

          1. Well, I am a secret Trumpkin, apparently.

          2. *snort* – yeah, talk about “comments” that would make people run away screaming….

            1. But it keeps the right kind of people coming back.

              1. Hitler?

        2. I had a nice little rant this morning about that fucking “cuck” bullshit. Anyone who is arguing for big papa government guy to keep them safe and get them jobs has no business questioning the masculinity of anyone else. Fucking milquetoast hausfraus.

        3. It would be like judging all of the Reason commenters solely by the comments of Fist of Etiquette and Hugh Akston. It just isn’t right.

          1. Yeah, you have to include Warty, too.

        4. “That Breitbart doesn’t do something about their comments does say something”

          Awww look at the little cuck afraid to read things he doesn’t like.

          Gonna cry cuck?

          1. Milo Yiannopoulos is the only honest Trump supporter. He’s calls Trump daddy and wants to get a good pounding from the statist douchebag.

            1. What’s wrong with gay sex you fucking homophobe?

              Seriously, fuck you and your hatred of gay people.

              1. fuck you and your hatred of gay people.

                What?

              2. This is either fantastic parody, or you’re a complete lunatic in need of medication.

                1. This is either fantastic parody, or you’re a complete lunatic in need of medication.

                  Both. This is the hit and run.

              3. You know the thing about faggots? They’re not necessarily gay. Some gay men are faggots. But a lot of straight men are faggots, too. In fact, straight men who affect an outward air of masculinity and can’t come to terms with their desires to slide down another man’s beefstick are the most faggoty of all. It’s not ‘cuz they’re gay. Gay would be fine. Milo’s gay, but he’s not a faggot. It’s because they’re noncommittal shitstains with a penchant for being dominated by real men. Hence their desire for a strong man in their lives, someone to protect them from a big, scary world lurking just off their stoops. Trump’s cheerleaders, at least his straight cheerleaders, are faggots. At least Milo has an excuse. The rest of you statist twats have none.

                1. Oh, and as far as being called a homophobe. What a faggoty accusation to make. No rejoinder? No clever repartee? No incisive bon mot? Better call a guy a racist.

                2. Man, this site really needs a better indicator of who replied to who. I can’t tell if commoditous replied to me, but I was talking about the “Fuck you statist” nutjob.

                  By the by, I like your distinction between gays and faggots. I might steal.

                3. That’s your second comment in this thread I’ve wanted to frame and hand on a wall. You’re starting to turn me on.

                  1. “hand on a wall”

                    Something, something euphemisms.

        5. I wouldn’t judge Republicans or even conservatives too harshly for Breitbart comments

          they’re more Taki-mag last i checked than ‘mainstream republican’. “Alt-Right”, etc.

          tho i’ve never read more than a few blurbs from them. it seems like they skewed way-way more bitter-rightish after the namesake passed on.

        6. No. Trump just made it “ok” to expose oneself as a white supremacist in public.

          There’s a lot of mask slippage going around lately, but the stuff on the right is particularly revealing.

        7. If you spell that “cuckservative”, then what’s a cockservative?

    2. Tribalism for the win

      I could not read the entire column, only less than half and stop because the character is a liar. He is not what he claims. He is with the left against law and order and using dumb Blacks as tools.

      He was arrested because he was there among the miscreants he calls protesters. So were the two others which he claims. Others not arrested ran away.

      He was stupid to stay, then whines that he was not warn before arrested. Cops did right in arresting the leftist fool calling himself a film maker.

      1. I hope English is not this person’s first language.

        1. Of course English isn’t their first language. They speak American, just like Jesus did.

          1. Bullshit. Jesus spoke King James English.

            1. You motherfucking liars.

              He spoke NEWFIE CANADIAN.

              1. You’re both wrong. He spoke Tangier Island, real-assed Elizabethan English.

            2. As every good Catholic knows, he spoke Latin.

  4. If a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, maybe a libertarian is a conservative who’s been abused by the police.

    1. I’ve been informed many, many times that a libertarian is just a conservative who smokes pot, but whatever.

      1. Abused by police for smelling like pot?

      2. You forgot the Messicans and ass-sex.

        1. The people who have told me this don’t know even that much about libertarianism.

        2. You don’t wanna smell like ass sex

      3. A libertarian is someone who believes in a smaller Federal government as prescribed by the founding fathers and being free to live your life as you choose as long as it affects only you. And yeah sometimes we smoke a little pot

        1. Um, that does not come close to describing all libertarians, it only covers a small portion of them in fact

      4. I have been told a libertarian is a republican who tries to be cool.

      5. “…but whatever.”
        Typical response from a pot smoker!

        1. That’s just, like, your opinion, man.

      6. a libertarian is just a conservative who smokes pot

        And is into Mexican ass sex.

        1. If the Mexican in question is Selma Hayek I could get behind her that

  5. conservative, pro-liberty

    You’ll have to pick one.

    1. You can be conservative but not want to foist your opinions on anyone else.

      1. Additionally I hear libertarians cling bitterly to antiquated notions of rugged individualism and dead letter interpretation of the Constitution/BOR. If they hold exclusive domain over any and all of that, they really need to do a better job of letting the other 99% of the electorate know.

      2. You can be conservative but not want to foist your opinions on anyone else.

        Actually, very few conservatives want to foist their opinions on anyone else.

        They want the government to foist their opinions on everyone else. With guns.

        1. Getting government men with guns out coercing on behalf of cowards… those are the conservatives I myself infiltrated back in 1980. They haven’t changed, except now they infiltrate us.

          1. *rolls eyes

      3. Sure it’s possible, but for most conservatives in American politics?, the description was accurate.
        ________
        ?A subset of all conservatives in general

  6. The black community is heavily dependent upon the law enforcement industries. However the younger generation is refusing to lay themselves upon the altar of their parents’ career ambitions. This new war is being waged not between the police and BLM (as is commonly portrayed) but is instead 2 separate fights: one within law enforcement against themselves over guns, and the other is a generational struggle in the black community.

    1. What in the hell are you on?

      1. It might be some sort of random left-wing talking points generator.

      2. I think the problem is the drugs that he isn’t taking.

      3. The notion that people are crazy on drugs is what drove David Brown Jr to kill an innocent man and a cop. Sorry but that mythology has been debunked. The voices in your head will have to find a new rationalization by which to beat you up.

      4. I think someone postulated that AM is an alter ego of one of the regular trolls. Don’t remember who or when.

        1. The same person is running a couple of handles.

        2. It’s not a postulation that whatever is behind AM also trolls as dajjal. Beyond that truth, I’m not sure who it is. What I am sure of is that interacting with either handle is a complete waste of time.

          1. I think it’s funny that all you guys are secret Trumpkins but yet I’m the ‘troll’ for supporting Johnson/Weld. Anyway yes, for the sake of your mental health, best to ignore me.

            1. Well shit. He’s figured you out, Sug.

              1. Yup. I love Trump. This is known.

                1. Ask anybody here. SugarFree always be Trumpin’, they’ll tell you.

            2. And AM/dajjal is totally not supporting canklesaurus, no siree!

              1. I like how he thinks he gets called a troll for feeling the Johnson, instead of for his monomania, bizarre non-sequiturs, and general trollish behavior.

          2. It’s not a postulation that whatever is behind AM also trolls as dajjal. Beyond that truth, I’m not sure who it is.

            Imagine you were a mentally deranged primitivist, but then your schtick got really worn out and all of your favorite troll spots banned you so you started blogging about addiction.

            1. He likes you pat.
              He also has a hihn like view on the words threat and bully.

            2. mentally deranged primitivist

              But you repeat yourself.

            3. Imagine you were a mentally deranged primitivist,

              WhiteIndian?

              That thing died and/or went away.

              I suspect the “Road to Mandalay” thing is probably the source of the newer iteration of trolling. there are some rhetorical similarities.

              1. Without the anal fixation the Road had. Might have just been a character trait.

                1. btw, a while back when i couldn’t figure out who it was who was crazy about the butt-stuff? you’re right – it was them.

                  On The Road To Mandalay|12.24.13 @ 6:45PM| block | mute | #

                  Dear Episiarch,

                  Here is what you can do while I am offing myself. Stick your index finger up your Hershey Highway, lick it clean, and while you are doing so, pretend you are eating a candy bar instead of your own shit. Don’t like my comments? Dial 1 800 EAT DUNG. Have a nice day Anal Breath.

          3. I suspect it’s someone who had no business drinking Coors, much less experimenting with addictive dope, got caught and railroaded like in the Cheech & Chong trial, and is now “rehabilitated” enough to work as an informant. There’s a blog you can check out behind the handle.

            1. Not really a “blog” so much as a bunch of random words strung together in a “million monkeys at a million typewriters for a million years” kind of style…

  7. These protesters did not have the agenda of overthrowing capitalism that many of the top leaders of Black Lives Matter have…

    Well, then, someone is hijacking someone’s cause, I guess.

    1. Heaven forfend!

    2. Surely you’re not suggesting that monomaniacal proggie asshats have attached themselves to BLM in order to use it to push Communism, just like they did with the environmental movement? They’d never do that./ sarc

      1. Well, at least they didn’t do it with the anti-war movement or the civil rights movement, or the feminist movement. It’s not like there’s a pattern or anything.

  8. That is because a lot of conservative Republicans think if it’s not happening to them its not really happening.

    1. That is because a lot of conservative Republicans most people think if it’s not happening to them its not really happening.

      FTFY

      1. You are it is mo s t

  9. Too bad the shithead didn’t get a violent beatdown while in jail.

  10. The real world does not fall into the simple-minded, stereotypical “my team, your team” drivel you pathetically embraced, you naive fool? I am shocked.

    1. Whatever, Crusty, I read internet comment boards…on the internet…I know how things work.

    2. #TeamCrusty

      1. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. “Do I wish there was a conservative, pro-liberty legal group out there that I could’ve called?” Stranahan writes. “You’re darn right I do, but there was no such group involved in what was going on in Baton Rouge.”

    Weird, huh? I wonder if there’s some sort of lesson to be learned from that experience…

    1. It would be really neat if there were some sort of… Institute, perhaps, that cared about Justice and stuff.

      1. Hitler?

        1. Institute for Hitler?

            1. Terrible art program, though.

    2. I wonder if there’s some sort of lesson to be learned from that experience…

      “A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.”

  12. OH GOD I HOPE TRUMP BRINGS BACK THE HOUSE UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE TO ROOT OUT THE TROLLS AND MENTALLY ILL TRAITORS WITHIN OUR MIDSTS.

    1. The all caps key is next to the A.

  13. Is there no time place manner restriction on assembling on a (public) highway?

  14. I stopped reading sites like Twitchy and Breitbart a long time ago. NRO I pick my spots.

    The hard on for the police state without acknowledging there can be some abuse was just too much for me to digest. The comments bordered on retarded.

  15. I read “right-wing” to mean religious cranks and prohibitionists of the sort that call themselves conservative, so it is a delight to see one of them actually communicating with the victims. Just imagine what sort of a difference could result if libertarians were to communicate with the oppressed. We aren’t perpetrators, we consistently vote against the parties that beat, jail and murder them and we publicly oppose the sumptuary laws inventing victimless “crimes” that serve as the pretext.
    Once victims understand that a vote for libertarians cannot be ignored because the libertarian party typically tallies the difference between winner and loser in many races, they will understand that these spoiler votes are not wasted at all. Voting libertarian changes the laws–whether by changing other party platforms or getting their courts to strike them down to keep our repeal candidates from benefiting. Votes that accomplish that are an investment in individual rights and freedom.

  16. OT, wow:

    Imagine if Trump had not just Twitter to go after critics and opponents, but also the IRS?or our military. Do you think he’d be restrained?

    ? Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 13, 2016

    1. And here I thought Trump had the most outlandish Twitter account.

    2. She knows first hand what a witch hunt feels like! Just look at how the FBI railroaded her.

    3. Something tells me that we wouldn’t have to imagine that outcome under the Second Clinton Administration.

    4. I’m sure the IRS director appreciates Hillary reminding the Legislative Branch they aren’t done with him yet.

    5. Well she does make two fantastic points

    6. No way that’s real. I can’t believe it

    7. Which she followed with”

      “I know I wouldn’t”

    8. Fucking hell–her media staff must absolutely hate her guts.

      1. Or they’re aware of how low-information her supporters are, and must exploit that by projecting as hard as they can.

  17. Oh, the comments to that article were painful. I mean are they trolling or do people ACTUALLY think being on a road with no cars on it and not receiving a warning to disperse somehow justifies being housed with actual murderers for a night?

    1. Also, the NLG is apparently always the enemy. Always. Fucking commies, paying poor people’s bonds.

  18. Imagine if Trump had not just Twitter to go after critics and opponents, but also the IRS?or our military. Do you think he’d be restrained?

    ? Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 13, 2016

    ALL YOUR STORMTROOPER ARE BELONG TO TRUMP

  19. “Do I wish there was a conservative, pro-liberty legal group out there that I could’ve called?” Stranahan writes. “You’re darn right I do, but there was no such group involved in what was going on in Baton Rouge.”

    Huh.

    1. Yes but at this time of year, at the time of day, in this part of the country, localized entirely in his living room?

  20. “Do I wish there was a conservative, pro-liberty legal group out there that I could’ve called?” Stranahan writes. “You’re darn right I do, but there was no such group involved in what was going on in Baton Rouge.”

    What happened to the Pacific Legal Foundation?

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