Wednesday, August 29, 2012

RNC attendees are racist? (UPDATE -linked by twitchy!)

Here's the story so far:
An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM. - via TPM
of course, it's important to say that the camera woman is black and a woman. If this were a white male, it wouldn't be a story.

Also, it's notable that Huff-Po wants to make it racial because:
The incident would be ugly anywhere, but it is especially troubling for a party whose nominee attracted 0 percent of the black vote in a recent NBC poll.
 A lie of course, based on a skewed poll that all the lib blogs and MSNBC have been quoting ad infinitum.

My first thoughts of course lean to questions about who the person is who threw the nuts. According to CNN two people were thrown out after the incident.

Were they plants? Maybe. The Ulsterman Report has his "White House Insider" who seems to think that the Obama administration was planning something.
I’m giving you and your readers a heads up here. False flag. The real deal. They will try and control it but make it look uncontrolled. Dangerous. Make it reflect poorly on the Republicans and their supporters.
Facts are facts. If it turns out to be actual conservatives doing this, and not Dem plants, then it's a horrible thing.

But after all is said and done, it sure wouldn't surprise me if it were a couple union goons.

more to come, hopefully.


Erik Wemple of WaPo says that CNN is not covering it, beyond issuing a short story, and makes some good points:
Just as easy a question: How is this not a news story? If the act wasn’t racist, it was at least anti-media. If it wasn’t racist or anti-media, it was just plain barbaric. Weird, anomalous and outrageous — those traits alone generally qualify an incident as news. 
That it took place inside the convention venue on keynote night — when presumably people would be on good behavior — amps up the interest factor. And the bare-bones reality is that at an event where everything runs on script, a moment featuring harmless projectiles and deep-seated hatred — you gotta report that out. 
The world needs to know who these nut-hurlers are. Just a couple of folks kicking around the convention? Subversives trying to mar the Republican Party’s party? Delegates? Officeholders? Do these individuals serve the public in any way? If so, their constituents may want to know a bit about what went down.
My reflex is to ask, "Is there something about this story that doesn't fit their template ?". Yes I do think it's odd that people would behave that way on keynote night. Was it scripted?

update 2:

A 'follower' on Twitter suggests that this is because of frustration from RNC rules changes that leave grassroots out of the process. This makes a lot of sense, actually. I could imagine a situation where a frustrated delegate would want to get some attention from a news crew perceived as ignoring them. Lots of video on the web supports that idea.

update 3:

from TPM
... one can only imagine how Fox News would be going to town over this had something somehow analogous happened to one of their staffers at a Democratic convention.
Uhm. Okay. Are they saying that FOX would stick up for their employee better than CNN? That's a good thing right?  Read the article if you can stomach it. Josh Marshall calls the RNC a "quadrennial ‘we love us a lotta non-white people’ fest". I'm confused. After calling us racists are we not supposed to love everybody? Or would they prefer that we stick to the 'all GOP's are racists' stereotype? Of course to help us maintain that stereotype, the mainstream media can eliminate coverage of RNC speeches for anyone who is a person of color. Speeches which I might add were wonderful.

via Daily Caller:
One of the left’s favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist. 
If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday night, you might believe those assertions, since missing from the coverage was nearly every ethnic minority that spoke during Tuesday’s festivities.
Still wondering what actually happened at the RNC with the nuts and the camerawoman.

update 4: linked by Twitchy, which kinda makes me really happy!! Welcome to the twitchy people who are reading this!! ;)

 The camerawoman speaks, via Maynard Institute:
Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted with peanuts and called an animal by two attendees at the Republican National Convention, told Journal-isms on Thursday that "I hate that it happened, but I'm not surprised at all." 
Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. "This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue," she said by telephone from Tampa. 
Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, "This is what we feed animals." She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates. 
But Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. "This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," she said. "You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don't think I should do."
She's not surprised? I am. I'd still like to know who the idiots are who would even consider doing something like this. And I still have my suspicions about Democrat dirty tricks.

1 comment:

  1. As to the Ulsterman source, I wouldn't normally put that in, but this source has been ABSOLUTELY RIGHT before.