According to CNN, Representative John Lewis (D-Don’t they pay attention down there?) is accusing unnamed Tea Party protesters yesterday of calling him racial things. Alongside him, Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Show Me) accuses likewise unnamed and unidentified people as having spat on him.
Let’s break this down: Two men from Congress (approval rating, 16%) make accusations that fulfill their fantasies about racism and incivility in a group they have caricatured as both racist and uncivil. However, there is no video or audio recording of the event, no photography of the event, and no corroboration from someone who doesn’t have a dog in the fight. Still, of course, the old-school media reports it as fact.
Now, I watched a bit of FoxNews yesterday and saw they had cameras down there most of the day. I flipped from time to time over to CNN and over to MSNBC and didn’t see any live footage of the rallies (there may have been some, but I just missed it). However, I only see reports of this from CNN and MSNBC, with zero evidence other than the testimony of already proven unreliable and scheming congressmen (one of whom was able to testify to the press that he heard a slur “15 times”. Really?) Naturally the Leftist press is breathless about all of this. (FoxNews, FWIW, actually has the condemnation of a “Tea Party leader”…something those who don’t believe Tea Party people exist wouldn’t be able to acquire.)
It’s a shame the old-school in-the-pocket press is so hell-bent on ignoring and downplaying the Tea Party movement. It seems that if they considered it real news and covered it, they’d probably have some sort of evidence (other than that of the words of these proven scoudrels). Unfortunately for them, it might mean actually getting the other side’s story out there. That would do two terrible things for them: First, it’d show these scurrilous accusations to be lies, and second, it’d actually allow our voice to get out and stop this steam-roller.
To the press and these congressmen, I say: Show us your evidence.
Naturally I don’t expect any. They’ve built their entire careers on mischaracterizations of their opponents and their own disdain for any opposition keeps them from ever hearing or paying attention to anybody but their own echo chamber. Truly disgusting.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)
UPDATE (from Dan): There is video: “Video Debunks Lib Accusations That Slurs were Shouted (and Thoughts on Identity Politics)“:
A CNN reporter, yes, CNN, the home of the infamous Susan Rosegen, claimed to have heard racist slurs and shouts; other bloggers picked it up. I mean, if you’re going to smear a group of people by claiming that they were shouting slurs, perhaps make sure you don’t post video that completely refutes your claim and makes you look like a race hustler. Just saying.
Once again, we have Democrats describing Republicans not as we are, but as their prejudices define us.