TEA Party accusers now want you to forget about it – Breitbart won’t let them
On March 20th, members of the Congressional Black Caucus claimed that angry TEA Party protesters shouted racial epithets at them as they walked past the DC rally. The left and their pals in the state-run media immediately spun up into a frenzy – accusing the TEA Party of being violent hateful Nazis. Yet, lost in all the frothing from the left was any evidence whatsoever of anyone actually hurling these epithets – despite the presence of video cameras and cell phones recording the event.
Andrew Breitbart issued a challenge for actual evidence – any evidence from any source that would confirm the CBC accusations. He initially offered $10,000 (more here) then bumped it to $100K (more here) when no one came forward. Again, despite the reward offers, no evidence has been found.
Now, after more than 5 weeks have passed without corroborating evidence, it appears that the accusers don’t want to talk about the incident any more. Let’s just forget about it – can’t we all just get along? Breitbart is having none of it. (story here from BigGovernment.com)
Rep. Andre Carson wants to change the subject. I don’t blame him.
On April 13, 2010 he told AP reporter Jesse Washington, “I think we need to move toward a dialogue that explores why this kind of divisive and reprehensible language is still making it into our political debate.”
The “divisive and reprehensible language” that Rep. Carson is referring to is his claim that while he left the Cannon office building on March 20 with Rep. John Lewis, they were verbally assaulted by health care protesters hurling the “N-word” at them. He said the scene was so hostile he “expected rocks to come” when he was coming out of Cannon.
Now this story is much more important than the accusation of fifteen racists among the thousands of protesters that day. This is now about the accusers.
It’s not just that Congressmen Carson’s accusation of an extraordinary racist verbal assault by the tea party participants on March 20 doesn’t appear to have occurred, it’s that the accusers have now gone into the bunker and, having raised the incendiary subject, are doing everything they can to avoid the discussion. Why? What’s changed?
What’s changed is that without proof of their charges, the questions are now about whether this occurred or not. Breitbart is not giving up.
The absence of a real investigation by a press that played up the accusations is a more-than-tacit admission that they were hoping the allegations were true. When I mentioned the lack of response to the $100k offer to Politico’s Ben Smith, he messaged me on Twitter: ‘I think you’ve pretty much won this one, no?’
But how does that “win” manifest itself? On April 15, the day of the Tax Day Tea Party in front of the White House, and being interviewed by ABC’s Terry Moran for Nightline set to air Tuesday night, I passionately defended the movement against the powerful racism charge that has been greatly pushed by the Congressional Black Caucus’s accusation of a 1960 Selma-like incident near the Capitol.
At least twice during the spirited questioning by Moran, bystanders screamed “racist” at me.
The power of the propaganda. The power of the repeated accusations. The power of the relentless race-based line of questioning. They are all adding up to the liars and slanderers getting exactly what they wanted. The Tea Party is marred by racism charges while Congressman Carson, at the least, should be facing an ethics investigation, and a civil rights legend should be asking for forgiveness for allowing for the hateful lie to stand.
The “win” Ben Smith speaks of comes in the form of silence. Our nation is split down the middle and the press has chosen to play for one side and one side only.
Congressman Carson refuses to respond to our requests because he can’t answer questions that deserve answers. The press is drawing a line in the sand for those that are doing the job the press should be doing: “Are you calling a civil rights legend a liar?”
Unfortunately, I am. And the mainstream media are as complicit in this lie as Congressman Lewis.
Thank you Andrew Breitbart…