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"Already Been Cleavered

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Powerline is THE VERY BEST at laying out facts.  Live links for verification.  Highlighting mine.

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"Already Been Cleavered

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July 13, 2010 Posted by Scott at 5:14 AM

"There are precisely three witnesses to the alleged incident that occurred in the course of a public demonstration on Capitol Hill on March 20: Reps. Andre Carson, John Lewis, and Emanuel Cleaver. House majority James Clyburn immediately jumped on board to amplify the story and make sure it took off, as it did most notably in McClatchy's "Tea party protesters scream <snip> at black congressmen." According to Carson et al., protesters abused them with racial epithets while demonstrating against Obamacare on Capitol Hill on March 20.

There is one problem with the story: It didn't happen. We believe that we demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt over the course of our 18-part "Don't leave it to Cleaver" series that it didn't happen.The congressmen's story was a fabrication intended to defame the Tea Party movement and distract attention from the resistance to Obamacare.

Under circumstances where such evidence would exist if the incident had occurred, no audio or video recording corroborates it, despite Andrew Breitbart's offer of a $100,000 reward to anyone producing such evidence. And no independent journalist or other eyewitness has stepped forward to vouch for the congressmen's story -- because it didn't happen.

We posted correspondence from reader Greg Farrell providing his own testimony denying that the incident happened in part 7, part 16, and elsewhere in our series. Farrell had sent us his photographs documenting his position at the March 20 protest. Farrell was in a good position to testify: It didn't happen.

Given the involvement of Rep. Clyburn in promoting the story, the fabrication extends to the Democratic congressional leadership. It is a scandal that warrants the attention of the mainstream media, but instead the mainstream media continue robotically to repeat it.

ABC did it again yesterday in a story linked by Drudge and thus read by millions. ABC's Human Khan reported:

First Lady Michelle Obama brought renewed energy to the NAACP today, delivering the keynote speech at the annual convention one day before the nation's largest civil rights group is expected to condemn what it calls racist elements in the Tea Party movement.
First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses NAACP

The nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization will vote on the resolution Tuesday during its annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.

In her speech, the first lady focused on the issue of childhood obesity and her "Let's Move" initiative, but outside of her remarks, anti-Tea Party activism has been a key focus of the gathering, which conservative leaders say is driven solely by a political agenda.

Tea Party members have used "racial epithets," have verbally abused black members of Congress and threatened them, and protestors have engaged in "explicitly racist behavior" and "displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically," according to the proposed resolution.

The NAACP represents some of Barack Obama's hardiest supporters. How thoughtful of the mainstream media to have left the story of the phantom n-word ready at hand for the likes of the NAACP to use it against the resistance to Obama. One might almost think there is method to this madness.

Huma Khan is ABC's "digital editor." Surely she knows that the March 20 n-word story represents a highly disputed assertion of fact, and knowledge of the dispute enters her story. Yet she introduces evidence from elsewhere on the Internet to lend the story credence:

In March, Tea Party protesters opposing the health care bill were alleged to have shouted racial slurs at black House members in the halls of Congress, a charge that Tea Party supporters say has not been proven. Liberal blogs have also seized on signs that have appeared in Tea Party protests, comparing President Obama to a monkey.

Khan does not mention Breitbart's unclaimed bounty, nor does she note that conservative blogs have seized on the March 20 n-word concoction to argue that the story represents an incredibly tired effort to stigmatize opposition to President Obama as racist.

Khan minimally acknowledges the disputed nature of the March 20 incident, but she also quotes the Rev. C.L. Bryant. Bryant is a former president of NAACP's Garland, Texas, chapter who is now a Tea Party activist. Khan quotes Bryant to the effect that the imputation of racism to to the Tea Party is "simply a lie." The NAACP wants to "create a climate where they can say that those on the right are in fact racist and those on the left are their saviors," he added. "This is very much what the liberal agenda is about." As we used to say: Right on!

Some enterprising editor at the Wall Street Journal, or NR, or the Weekly Standard, or Commentary, or the New Criterion, really should commission an article on the pathogenesis and propagation of the lie involved in the NAACP resolution. It would make a highly illuminating case study. It would also slightly complicate the efforts of the NAACP and its ilk to stigmatize dissent from the Obama program of national socialism as racist.

FOOTNOTE: Readers interested in a serious exploration of the larger subject may want to consider Timothy Dalrymple's "Is the Tea Party racist?" Dalrymple writes: "The charge that the Tea Party is racist is a perfect object lesson in liberal misinterpretation of conservatives." And it is misinterpretation with a purpose."

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/07/026743.php

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Comments

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sully16Comment by sully16 - July 13, 2010, 7:13 pm
The Tea party people are not racist, now the first lady is a liar. This is quite simple, a tactic being thrown out to take heat off eric holder and the black panter scandal.
This being said..For a first lady to pull a stunt like that , to whip out the race card...to help incite racial hatred....I thought she was beyond that. I'm more disappointed in her than I ever could be of her husband.
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konaneComment by konane - July 13, 2010, 7:30 pm
Thanks Sully! As I've said before I'm not a TEA Party member but any time someone makes allegations and can not prove them it's time to post facts. Not facts as I see them but facts stated by those far more qualified than me to prove them.

If racial remarks were shouted no one has come forward even at the offer of $100,000 for a video of the occurrence. $100,000 and still nothing.

It's become clear it doesn't matter whether or not it's true, it just matters it's out there. Lies makes a good story for those who believe what they're told to believe.
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sully16Comment by sully16 - July 13, 2010, 7:39 pm
I made a comment in another blog about the Tea Party people not being the racist the government wants everyone to believe, Was is really creepy the real white supremist groups are very quiet and they are growing. They have no interest in tea party issues, we are against this burdensome taxation.
The fight for our constitutional rights that we see are being chipped away at. They and we need to be more concerned with what were are not hearing or seeing.
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konaneComment by konane - July 13, 2010, 8:02 pm
Thanks Sully! You said "They and we need to be more concerned with what were are not hearing or seeing."

That's what bothers me which is why I dig so much.
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sully16Comment by sully16 - July 13, 2010, 8:28 pm
I have a very racially mixed family, I don't want anyone I love getting caught between 2 hate groups.
I'm Indian mixed , my husband and son are blond and blue my sister in law is half black I have 3 mixed nephews and another sister in law thats cuban and my aunt is japanese.
I would not belong to a group of people that hates other people based on looks.
I can't speak for all Tea party groups but the ones Im with don't have an issue with race religion or national origin.
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konaneComment by konane - July 13, 2010, 9:05 pm
Thanks Sully! My take is TEA Party members are tired of taxes and loss of constitutional rights, and are a large enough VOTING bloc to be reckoned with which is why attacks began early.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - July 13, 2010, 9:47 pm
Liars all of them vote them out.   Just a note here though, there is recent LP member that I think is a FCC or some type of rat ba$*^%d lib plant dumAZZ that isn't who they say they are and are trying to find rascism or some other issue with LP so they can jump on LP, LP has a huge amount of viewership and posts, be aware. IMHO.   Thanks Konane! I hope the rat reads this.   The rat could play possum though.............................

P.S. Tea Party ain't racist, the fascist libbies know it, it threatens their very existence and legitimacy. "Judge a man by the content of their character not the color of their skin". MLK
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konaneComment by konane - July 13, 2010, 10:43 pm
Thanks Jarasan! Too bad the major media didn't report this offer:

"....Andrew Breitbart's offer of a $100,000 reward to anyone producing such evidence. ......."

The more people who know about it ups the chance someone might show proof.

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