Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hate-mongering at Reuters (and elsewhere)

From a news "analysis" story written by Patricia Zengerle at Reuters:
Images such as Obama with a bone through his nose and the White House with a lawn full of watermelons are often displayed at Tea Party rallies.
Often? I have been to a lot of Tea Parties and I have never seen either. Her next sentence is one of those easy smears:
Tea party leaders say the movement is not racist but concede there are racist fringe elements in its membership.
Have you ever read a MSM story that said "Democrats say their party is not racist but concede there are racist fringe elements in its membership"? No, I didn't think so.

Newsbusters has written Reuters asking for either documention of the alleged signs or a retraction of the charge.

MORE: Last week, The New York Times published a hate-filled rant by Matt Bai claiming that Tea Party. Today, the New York Times felt the need to publish a partial correction but continues with the same general accusation:
The Political Times column last Sunday, about a generational divide over racial attitudes, erroneously linked one example of a racially charged statement to the Tea Party movement. While Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements, there is no evidence that epithets reportedly directed in March at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, outside the Capitol, came from Tea Party members.
Power Line has more.

STILL MORE: Radio talk show host Warren Ballentine says "Tea Party ideology" is racist (and hurls a racial epithet at Juan Williams):

PREVIOUSLY on the related subject of Democrats and racism:
Gov. to require racism in the financial industry
Obama ally: "I hate white people...."
Bill Maher explains how "real" blacks act
Democrats move to their comfort zone
Black students, harassed for "acting white," get $150,000
“You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”
"The city wasn't ready to hire a white police chief."
A prominent black politician says the white incumbent cannot properly represent black voters.
San Franciscans discriminate against blacks.
"He's not black and he can't represent me, that's just the bottom line."
NAACP defends racism.
Stanford finds Democrats are racist.
Obama nominates a racist.
Leaders acknowledge Democrat base is racist.
"That's just how white folks will do you." ---Barack Obama.
Dem says Dem primary voters are racist.
Dems accuse Bill and Hillary of racism.

PREVIOUSLY on photos, from the San Francisco area, of actual tea parties:
A Tea Party greets Obama in San Francisco and the left is not happy about it
Collected photos of this year's San Francisco Tea Party events
Minutemen vs. May Day protesters in San Francisco; Two arrested
A tax day Tea Party breaks out in San Francisco's Union Square
A tax day Tea Party breaks out on the San Francisco Peninsula
To protest Obamacare, San Francisco holds a sick-in (Nov. 15)
A Tea Party greets Obama in San Francisco (Oct. 15)
Videos of the October 15 San Francisco Tea Party
San Franciscans speak to Nancy Pelosi (Aug. 14)
The San Francisco Tax Day Tea Party Protest in Pictures (Apr. 15)
Farmers protest in San Jose (Nov. 21).
Tea Party breaks out in Palo Alto (Nov. 21

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