For the last year, the media have been desperately trying to hang the “racist” tag around the Tea Party movement as a way to discredit it. This past weekend, they would seem to have finally succeeded.
The McClatchy newspaper chain, whose slogan is “truth to power,” launched an opening salvo on Saturday, March 20 with the inflammatory headline — its exact words — “Tea party protesters scream ‘nigger’ at black congressman.” That is “protesters” in the plural who “scream” a racial epithet, “nigger,” at a particular “congressman.”
This one headline contains one perilously uncorroborated accusation and three conscious fabrications, beginning with the identity of the “congressman” in question. So much for “truth to power.”
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To give the story poignancy, reporter William Douglas makes iconic civil rights veteran John Lewis the subject of the abuse. He is the “congressman” alluded to in the headline. The only problem is that Lewis never heard anything. This is the first of the fabrications.
According to the article, Lewis was walking from the Cannon Office Building to the Capitol when protesters started shouting. According to Lewis, however, what they shouted was not a racial slur, but “Kill the bill, kill the bill.” If he heard anything more derogatory, he does not seem to have told Douglas about it.
Read More: By Jack Cashill, American Thinker