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July 23, 2013

Oh My: Leftwing Protester Displays Sign Sarcastically Saying "We're Racist & Proud," Intending That as an Insult Against Pro-Zimmerman Protesters; Media Immediately Begins Reporting Sign as Bona-Fide Expression by Rightwingers

Bumped. An important story I'd like to have on top for a while. Carlos Danger posts are below this one. Also, Weiner is planning a 5 pm press conference where, I hear, he will actually achieve full release and splatter the first several roles like a sexually-compulsive Gallagher. There'll be a post up for that, obviously.

Only one problem with their plan: Brandon Darby was on-site and, get this, actually bothered to interview this specific protester, who wasn't even a Moby or Agent Provocateur.

She had no real intent to deceive -- the moment Darby asked her about it, she said she was there to insult the Zimmerman supporters, not actually disguise herself as one of them.

All you had to do was ask her.

This mistake isn't on the woman -- she was obvious in her parody. The headline at Breitbart calls this a "hoax," but it really wasn't: This was obviously an anti-Zimmerman protester. Darby didn't even put up video of her at first, because it never occurred to him someone could think this was serious.

It would take a Special Kind of Idiot to think she was on-the-level.

But the media is filled with exactly that sort of Special Kind of Idiots. And the mistake is on them, not her.

Again: All they had to do was... ask a single question.

Which the media didn't do. Why bother? We know the facts without asking about them. We know that Zimmerman protesters are "Racist & Proud;" what is the point of examining evidence about this closely? We know what the evidence would show, if we had any.

"The media can't resist a good storyline" is of course their only failing, you know.

By the way: The media routinely chides Breibart and the right generally for getting stories wrong. But I don't seem to notice the media itself ever confessing error and apologizing in cases of gross and stupid error like this.

What I see them doing is burying stories, stealth-correcting, or just leaving the error to displace the truth (as happened with IRS Building Bomber Joseph Stack, an avowed communist whom the media still insists was a "Tea Partier" or at least had such leanings).







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