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MSNBC Crops Out The Truth
Weekly Standard ^ | 20 August, 2009 | CJ Ciaramella

Posted on 08/21/2009 2:50:23 AM PDT by marktwain

Last week, there were several instances of protesters showing up outside of town hall meetings openly carrying firearms. Anti-gun activists and the media were flabbergasted not only at the audacity of the protesters, but that the carrying of firearms happened to be perfectly legal where it occurred. (Eleven states allow unlicensed open carry, with 12 more requiring a permit.)

MSNBC, not content to simply say, “Golly, guns are scary!” decided that there must be something racist going on. After showing close-cropped video footage of a protester with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder, MSNBC host Contessa Brewer went on to say:

“Yes, there are Second Amendment rights, for sure, but also there are questions of whether this has a racial overtone. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency, and you have white people showing up with guns strapped to their waist.”

The only problem with MSNBC’s narrative of simmering racial tension and extremism is that the man with the rifle was, in fact, black. obama-visit-014.jpg

After getting slammed this morning by just about every conservative blog in existence, an MSNBC spokesman, responding to Politico, issued this weak-kneed, watery response:

"Contessa was speaking generally and not about that specific person with the automatic weapon."

(An AR-15 isn’t automatic, by the way, but I wouldn’t want to start holding MSNBC to any sort of fact-checking standard.)

So, if I understand correctly, Brewer was claiming the town hall protesters carrying guns were generally racist. That seems like a perfectly reasonable and well-founded assertion. No need, then, to show any evidence to the contrary, except to deliberately crop it out and use the footage to support Brewer’s claim.

-- CJ Ciaramella

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; bias; deceit; liberacism; medialies; mediaracism; msnbc; protest
This story has some legs.
1 posted on 08/21/2009 2:50:23 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
These people know satan personally.
2 posted on 08/21/2009 3:13:38 AM PDT by Linda Frances
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To: marktwain
you have a man of color

I get color in the summer time.

Can I apply for a minority loan, or other freebie?

3 posted on 08/21/2009 3:14:50 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: marktwain
It appears as if the guy carrying the gun may have been a pro-Obama 'RAT. See below.

Monday, August 17, 2009

VIDEO: Man Seen Walking Around With An AR-15 and Pistol At Obama Rally In Phoenix

It is not clear yet what side he was on, he wouldn't give his name but as you can see reporters are walking up to him, he is standing in the video on the side of the people chanting yes we can, but initially is unclear what he was doing... He was at the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets.
A man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder. "Because I can do it," he said when asked why he was armed. "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms." Two police officers were staying very close to the man. "What he is doing is perfectly legal," Det. J. Oliver, of the Phoenix Police Department said. "We are here to keep the peace. If we need to intervene, we will intervene at that time."

Photo from the Arizona Republic --- Pistol on one side, AR-15 over his shoulder

One more VIDEO I just found, here you can see this same man at the very end of the video..

It appears that he is saying "Health Care Now" along with the crowd at the end of that video, people are asking: Is this guy a plant? we don't know yet.. Oh, By the way, he appears to be wearing Brooks Brothers is he not? Posted by HotAirPundit at 4:09 PM

Also posted HERE

4 posted on 08/21/2009 4:56:15 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (A Socialist becomes a Fascist the minute he tries to enforce his "beliefs" on the rest of us.)
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To: marktwain

MSDNC=Fake News

Pray for America and Our Troops

5 posted on 08/21/2009 5:38:29 AM PDT by bray (He's a Divider not a Uniter)
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