I found it funny to find a flurry of blogs (here, here, and here too) making the proclamation that Congressman Bob Etheridge of North Carolina was a Freemason and somehow that was note-worthy in light of his recent outburst at the student journalist on the streets of Washington.
The references suggested that he was the present Grand Orator no less but I can’t seem to find any credible sources – the North Carolina Grand Lodge doesn’t list him as the G.O., so I think they were going on old info.
If you haven’t seen the video, its been widely circulated. This is the unedited version.
I first heard about it through a Facebook post, and then as now I wanted to see the unedited linear video, (which is what I published above) but in the curt and past society of story telling news, the footage is all we can go by, nothing more, nothing less. It reminded me of a Hemingway story, all you have is the story itself that starts where it starts and ends where it ends giving no context to the events themselves.
The original video was posted by DCCameraGuy, so Fox News is reporting, and the footage was for a “project” as the blurred faces in the footage say to the enraged Congressman. You can almost hear the crack as he starts to snap.
Etheridge has since apologized and given his mea culpa for what led up to that moment caught on camera. I buy it, but is it enough? Do you think he just snapped, or was this another attempt at a ‘gotcha media’ moment? Should he face assault charges? Should he remain in Congress?
And, whether or not Representative Etheridge is a Freemason, or not, has nothing to do with what happened in this video.