Call 911 with the aim of getting an armed response to somebody’s home during which they will at the very least be terrorized by armed men and perhaps even shot is wrong… depending on who the target is.
After Maine’s Democrat Secretary of State Shenna Bellows illegally interfered with an upcoming election by removing former President Trump from the ballot, a ‘swatting’ call to her house made media headlines.
The media has had a whole lot less interest in previous ‘swatting’ calls to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, as well as her daughters, to Sen Rick Scott, the Lt. Gov of Georgia, John Paul Mac, who turned in Hunter Biden’s laptop, Sen. Tommy Tuberville, Rep. Brandon Williams, a Republican, a number of Georgia state legislators, and well, a whole lot of other Republicans.
One basic difference in the media coverage is that it’s rarely politically contextualized. You can read through an entire story about Sen. Scott getting ‘swatted’ without ever getting a sense of who might want to do that or why.
No such problems with a story about Secretary of State Shenna Bellows where we get a lecture about the dangers of a particular party and movement, never mind the fact that the same party and movement had just been the target of such sustained attacks.
But, like everything from election challenges to misinformation, it’s not about the act, it’s about the party.
Swattings, like everything else, depends on who does it and to whom it is done.