Charges about Tea Party using racial epithets[edit source]
In March 2010, a report that Lewis and another black Congressman, Andre Carson, had been called nigger by Tea Party protesters outside the Capitol received media attention. Some conservative sources criticized the claim, saying that no video showed up to prove the charges, and the videotapes of the event that later surfaced seemed to in fact disprove them. The New York Times issued a correction in July 2010, acknowledging that there was no evidence of Tea Party members hurling racial epithets at Lewis and Carson. Andrew Breitbart offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who could provide audio or video evidence of one of these instances, but none surfaced.
Also from Wikipedia, 5the same article on Lewis, and this one decidedly ironic, given the times and today’s current hot issues:
Lewis was a “fierce partisan critic of President Bush” and the Iraq war. The Associated Press said he was “the first major House figure to suggest impeaching George W. Bush,” arguing that the president “deliberately, systematically violated the law” in authorizing the National Security Agency to conduct wiretaps without a warrant. Lewis said, “He is not King, he is president.”
Received media attention? Hahahahah. The report was a media fabrication, from whole cloth. The names of the lying reporters are known, and the lie originated with the Associated Press.