Texas determines media didn’t fuel riot in state Senate

texas_flag_genericTexas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Friday he suspects some in the media might have helped incite the crowd late Tuesday, preventing the Senate from passing new abortion restrictions and that, if proven, he “will take action against them.”

In an exclusive interview with Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey, Dewhurst said his office is reviewing security tapes from the demonstration that derailed the bill at the end of the regular session, and that arrests may be made for inciting a riot — including perhaps some members of the media.

“We have reports, and I have my staff taking a look at the video,” he told Morrissey, “and if I find, as I’ve been told, examples of the media waving and trying to inflame the crowd, incite them in the direction of a riot, I’m going to take action against them.”

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday that a state spokesman said that “upon further review of the tapes, (Dewhurst) was thankful to learn that members of the media had behaved in a manner consistent with the decorum of the Senate chamber.”

Dewhurst said he “had the votes” to pass the legislation and that he “will pass this bill” during the special session just called by Gov. Rick Perry.

And he’ll be prepared for the next attempt to derail the legislature, promising to “clear the gallery” if a threat to public safety exists.

“I’m not going to let a minority group of demonstrators — Planned Parenthood and ACLU — block the will of the majority.”

Full interview here:

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