…because it only just hit me after a good nights sleep why I got that reaction a few days ago when the tea party came up: They believe the vile calumny that they have been told from the day of the passage of the health care bill.
When I offered a reward of $100,000 to be donated to the United Negro College Fund if anyone produced video and audio evidence that this occurred, I was accused of a publicity stunt (because everyone knows that the best way to get publicity in America is to accuse a civil rights icon of lying about racism). Rep. Carson himself suggested that my challenge was “a veiled attempt to justify actions that are simply unjustifiable.” Get it? He calls protesters racist and if you ask him to prove it, you’re a racist, too.
Needless to say, no one has claimed the $100,000.
As you can see Andrew Breitbart has provided 100,000 reasons why it is false, but to those reading from Georgia I want to put it this way. Today cameras are everywhere, if a person spills coffee on himself in Germany it can be on youtube within seconds.
Ask yourself honestly, if a crowd of congressmen and women made a public walk with cameras and recording devices everywhere don’t you think at least ONE of them would have picked up the sound of people shouting racial epithets? And don’t you think that the media would have LOVED to provide that tape? Mr. Breitbart again:
But, I have taken my search one step further. I’ve asked some of the contributors to Big Government to also actively search for video. We have spent the last three weeks searching for any evidence that might support the allegations, without any help from the accusers. The primary accuser, Congressman Carson, who audaciously claimed the crowd screamed the “N-word fifteen times,” would not return our call. So we have gone part way to try and piece together the events of March 20.
Not only is the audio devoid of any racial slur, but the scene at Cannon clearly shows the congressmen coming down the steps completely unobstructed, and with a clear path to the Capitol. And, when we juxtapose the audio accusation Rep.Carson made moments after the alleged event occurred with actual video footage of the moment Rep. Carson claims he first heard the racial slur, it is as plain as day that Congressman Carson was not isolated by a mob and facing a racist throng that could conceivably hurl rocks at him.
I understand the need to protect and defend people you respect and to take them at their word but consider this:
I was held in contempt and found “guilty” of racism because a group of ladies choose to believe that comfortable lie, perhaps they had heard the other side, perhaps not. It is not to the same degree but isn’t that the same thing that a segregated jury might have done say 60 years ago disbelieving a whole group of people for the sake the reputation of people they liked?
If you wonder why the media is held it contempt by many bloggers that is why. Larry O’Connor put it best:
Just yesterday, the AP referred to Ft. Hood terrorist Malik Nadal Hasan as a “suspect.” Apparently, Hasan is afforded the right to be innocent until proven guilty, but tea party protestors are not.
All of this is old news to anyone who reads a blog, but it wasn’t old news for me this week.