Friday, April 2, 2010

The unraveling of the Tea Party racial smear

Bit by bit and piece-by-piece, the alleged incident where Tea Party protesters hurled racial slurs at black congress members starts to unravel. What is starting to emerge is an image that the media and Democrats planned the whole thing in advanced.

Lets start with this video below by Jack Cashill at The American Thinker. It recaps the events that day and points out various oddities.

The McClatchy news story is where new clues to media collusion begin.  Jack Cashill takes a look at the timeline of the McCatchy story and finds some super human writing, editing, formatting and publishing skills. 
[...]In composing it, I checked with my source on the scene, Greg Farrell, to get a timeline on the passage of the Black Caucus members from the Cannon Building to the Capitol and back.  According to Farrell, they left the Cannon Building about 2:30 PM on March 20th and returned about 3:15 PM.  He had no reason to exaggerate. 
I asked because at 4:51 that same day, McClatchy reporter William Douglas posted an article on the McClatchy website with the inflammatory headline, "Tea party protesters scream 'nigger' at black congressman." 
In other words, Douglas, with an attributed assist from James Rosen, managed to interview representatives John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver, and Barney Frank, compose an 800-word article, and have it edited and formatted for posting within a 90-minute window. 
During that same 90 minutes, Douglas would have received and incorporated a press release from Emanuel Cleaver, making the easily disproved claim that he had "been spat upon and that Capitol Police had arrested his assailant."[...] 
In addition to the speedy publishing, the McClatchy reporter William Douglas references both the Huffington Post and Boston Globe in his article. Here is the kicker, both the Huffington Post and the Boston Globe stories were not published until AFTER the McClatchy piece
But Douglas also had two other important sources: he referenced two additional journalists in the very same article. 
Frank told the Boston Globe that the incident happened as he was walking from the Longworth office building to the Rayburn office building, both a short distance from the Capitol. Frank said the crowd consisted of a couple of hundred of people and that they referred to him as 'homo.' A writer for The Huffington Post said the protesters called Frank a "faggot."
But the Huffington Post's article, by Sam Stein, wasn't published until 4:56pm, five minutes afterDouglas' article was posted on the web. This mistake would seem to point to wanton collusion between the two authors as they hastily worked to market the smears. [...]
What about the Boston Globe? 
It appears that the first Boston Globe article to mention the incident didn't actually hit the website until the following day.

So let’s recap. We have Congressional Black Caucus members walking through a mob of protesters when they could have easily and safely taken the underground tunnels. Two of the Congressional Black Caucus members had video cameras in hand but no recording of the alleged racial slurs. Next we have a McClatchy reporter interviewing CBC members and publishing a story about the alleged incident in record speed. In addition the McClatchy reporter breaks the time space continuum and references sources from two articles that had yet to be published.

To date not a single video or audio of the alleged incident has yet to emerge, despite Andrew Breitbart offering a $10,000 reward [Breitbart has since upped the ante to $100,000].

Now as this whole story starts to unravel, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver seems to be backtracking on his part in the story. 
From Weasel Zippers: KANSAS CITY, MO- U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver voted in favor of the controversial health care reform bill, but talk isn't raging about how voted, but whether or not he was purposely spit on as he and other congressmen made their way to the U.S. Capitol building to cast their vote. 
In video of the incident, a man is seen with his hands around his mouth and yelling at the Kansas City, Missouri, Democrat as he walked by. The footage shows Rep. Cleaver reacting to the man, and is seen a few seconds later wiping his face. 
The video is not clear as to whether or not the man spit in Cleaver's face intentionally, or if it was a matter of "say it, don't spray it." Rep. Cleaver never commented on the incident, but it didn't take long before many people claimed that he was spit upon.

In an interview on Tuesday with FOX 4 News, Rep. Cleaver would not directly answer the question of whether or not he was intentionally spit upon. 

"I haven't talked about this incident on TV or anywhere, and I've been approached to talk about it on every national TV show," said Rep. Cleaver in an interview with FOX 4 News. "I never, I never reported anything, never a single thing in Washington, not one thing. People assume I went somewhere, never done press conference, never done an interview on it and I'm not going to do it."
Rest here>>>

As this story starts to look more and more like a big fat lie, I would love to know how do any of these people sleep at night?  Racism is a nasty wound in America that is never given a chance to heal. Real racists and racial hucksters are forever picking at it. Regrettably too many in the black community accept stories of racism at face value, especially when presented in the context of left vs. right. Knowing this, how completely irresponsible is it for those in the media to incite racial distrust within the black community in order to advance a political agenda? I find such actions completely evil.

I wonder how would those in the media, who push this story, feel if some young black person ended up throwing away a good chunk of their life by committing physical violence against a white tea party protester, all because he or she believed the media’s reporting?  Would these reporters despise themselves for their irresponsibility or would they simply chalk up another ruined black life as the ends justify the means? 

UPDATE: Video added

Here is the video of Emanuel Cleaver’s interview with Fox 4.


Really Mr. Cleaver? Please explain your office’s press release. It sure reads like you were stoking the flames, especially since Capitol Police say they made no arrests.

UPDATE 6:55 PM ET: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office released the following statement:
For many of the members of the CBC, like John Lewis and Emanuel Cleaver who worked in the civil rights movement, and for Mr. Frank who has struggled in the cause of equality, this is not the first time they have been spit on during turbulent times.

This afternoon, the Congressman was walking into the Capitol to vote, when one protester spat on him. The Congressman would like to thank the US Capitol Police officer who quickly escorted the others Members and him into the Capitol, and defused the tense situation with professionalism and care. After all the Members were safe, a full report was taken and the matter was handled by the US Capitol Police. The man who spat on the Congressman was arrested, but the Congressman has chosen not to press charges. He has left the matter with the Capitol Police.
This is not the first time the Congressman has been called the "n" word and certainly not the worst assault he has endured in his years fighting for equal rights for all Americans. That being said, he is disappointed that in the 21st century our national discourse has devolved to the point of name calling and spitting. He looks forward to taking a historic vote on health care reform legislation tomorrow, for the residents of the Fifth District of Missouri and for all Americans. He believes deeply that tomorrow's vote is, in fact, a vote for equality and to secure health care as a right for all. Our nation has a history of struggling each time we expand rights. Today's protests are no different, but the Congressman believes this is worth fighting for.
Via: Weasel Zippers
Via: Huffington Post
Video Hat Tip: Hot Air


Anonymous said...

Bravo! I agree 100% with your comments. The media should be more than ashamed of itself. This is dispicable, mostly for the reasons you said; an incitement to anger and possible violence based on a lie. For me what makes it worse (although we all know by now) is that the supposed "public watchdogs", of all people, have dirtied their hands in this way. Makes me very angry! The country can thank God for alternative newssources and sites like yours for getting us true info, without you guys we'd be really screwed.

Soloman said...

Can't miss a day around here, I see...

You've put out enough information over the last two days that if people would just pay attention, the DemocRat party should be destroyed!

Great work, Cliff!

Kowalski said...

Thank you for covering this story. It is vital that these false claims of racism are covered.

Keep up the good work on this blog!

Jenny said...

Great recap! Unbelievable stuff. For those who always give people the benefit of a doubt about good intentions (me, ugh!), let this be a lesson. Thanks Cliff.

Quite Rightly said...

"I wonder how would those in the media, who push this story, feel if some young black person ended up throwing away a good chunk of their life by committing physical violence against a white tea party protester, all because he or she believed the media’s reporting? Would these reporters despise themselves for their irresponsibility or would they simply chalk up another ruined black life as the ends justify the means?"

Excellent point. I'm sure the media would completely fail to notice (once again) any connection between their irresponsibility and the consequences of it. No doubt some non-Democrat would be blamed instead, either because that person was powerless or because the media had already planned to destroy that person.

This is not to say that the media, though it loathes others, do not also despise themselves. If the media's current suicidal path does not point to at least unconscious self-loathing, what does?

Quite Rightly said...

Linked at Bread upon the Waters.

Janelle said...

Holmes, you have put all the clues together quite nicely! And the reward offered by offered by Andrew Breitbart for evidence is 100k.
Kudos to both of you.

Mike said...

ABC.....what a great article you have developed here as usual. Those of us who read your blog here are spoiled to expect nothing less than great investigative journalism as presented here on this blog and this article. Thanks for being here.

ozzie said...

I had to read it over a few times as there is a lot of information here. It is probably the best article I've read on your blog. I would link it to the top so that the deceptive practices of the media are not forgotten in these next few months.

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