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We're racist and proud? Really?

Posted by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM
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Mainstream Media Falsely Push Photo of ‘George Zimmerman Supporter’ Holding Racist Sign at Houston Rally, Conservative Media Set Record Straight

Mainstream media outlets recently ran with a photo of a “George Zimmerman supporter” in Houston holding a “We’re Racist & Proud!” sign. As it turns out, she is not a Zimmerman supporter at all — and is likely a far-left activist.

Mainstream Media Falsely Pushes Photo of George Zimmerman Supporter Holding Racist Sign at Houston Rally, Conservative Media Sets Record Straight

(AP, NY Daily News)

The Houston Chronicle identified the demonstrator as “Renee Vaughan.” The woman was reportedly yelling “ugly” phrases like, “We’re racist. We’re Proud. We’re better because we’re white,” at the pro-Trayvon Martin crowd at the rally over the weekend, according to the Chronicle.

Thankfully, conservative new media did the research the mainstream media neglected to do.

Gateway Pundit found a “Renee Vaughn” from Austin who worked for the far-left environmental group, the Texas Campaign for the Environment. The website also uploaded a number of photos to compare to the woman photographed at the rally in Houston.

One of the photos seems to show the far-left activist identified as Renee Vaughan wearing the same glasses as the woman seen holding the racist sign.

Mainstream Media Falsely Pushes Photo of George Zimmerman Supporter Holding Racist Sign at Houston Rally, Conservative Media Sets Record Straight

(Gateway Pundit/AP)

It was later revealed that Breitbart News’ Brandon Darby actually interviewed the woman at the rally in Houston. She told him that her sign was “sarcastic” More importantly, she revealed that she was certainly not a racist “Zimmerman supporter.”

“This sign means that there are people here who are racist and apparently think that’s OK. I’m not one of them. I’m being sarcastic,” she said.

Darby puts the blame for the mix-up on the media, not Vaughan, who was “quite honest and open about her intentions and what her sign meant.”

“She also located herself quite clearly on the Trayvon Martin/New Black Panther Party-supporting side of the demonstration,” Darby writes.

Breitbart News provides a wrap-up of the various media outlets who got the photo completely wrong:

The New York Daily News’ Philip Caulfield used the following caption for the above photo, from the Associated Press: “A George Zimmerman supporter holds a sign during a counter-demonstration of activist Quanell X’s group march in the River Oaks community in Houston on Sunday.” He also wrote: ”One woman in the Zimmerman group held a sign that said, ‘We’re racist & proud,’” distorting the Chronicle story significantly.

The UK Daily Mail repeated the error, reporting that the sign was held by members of the pro-Zimmerman group in Houston, portraying it as a form of racist backlash against the New Black Panther Party march.

Democratic strategist Tara Dowdell then took to Fox News’ Hannity to repeat the false accusation, using the “racist and proud” sign story to push back against video evidence of intolerance at pro-Trayvon Martin rallies.

The Daily News has since issued the following correction:

An earlier version story contained an error that said that a pro-Zimmerman protester held a sign saying, “We’re racist & proud” and shouted that slogan at pro-Trayvon Martin protesters. The woman displayed the sign in front of the pro-Zimmerman group, in an apparent attempt to mock them. It is unclear whether the woman, identified by the Houston Chronicle as Renee Vaughan, was involved with either group.

Darby, who was actually at the rally, argues that it was perfectly clear, and should have been to any journalist at the event, that the woman was an anti-Zimmerman protester.

“Clearly, the left’s desire to further the George Zimmerman racism narrative trumps the principles of accuracy and journalistic integrity,” Darby concludes.

Minnow Slayer

by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM
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lizzielouaf
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM
What an idiot. Because that is precisely what this protest needs, more inflammatory bullshit...from both sides.
Again, you couldn't pay me enough money for me to have been there.
jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

They should have interviewed her first, as she didn't seem to be shy about telling people why she was there.


RandRMomma
by Maya on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM
Journalistic Integrity? That's funny, considering how biased this article is.

If this is true, she has every right to make herself look foolish. But, at least she's not a real racist...I guess.
Carpy
by Emerald Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM
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Do you ever attempt to make sense?

Quoting RandRMomma:

Journalistic Integrity? That's funny, considering how biased this article is.

If this is true, she has every right to make herself look foolish. But, at least she's not a real racist...I guess.


Minnow Slayer

rfurlongg
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM
Quoting lizzielouaf:

What an idiot. Because that is precisely what this protest needs, more inflammatory bullshit...from both sides.
Again, you couldn't pay me enough money for me to have been there.
absolutely
SuperChicken
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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I think people make themselves look like fools when they do stuff like this.   I think the media who ran with it look twice as foolish.   If she truly believed that the Zimmerman supporters are just racists, then she should have felt comfortable with them outing themselves rather than fake it and making it end up looking like they've been falsely accused.  

I really don't get the idea of Zimmerman supporters though.  What's to support?  He killed someone and got off.  

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

It seems that more and more events they are sending in leftie plants or they take upon themselves to try and make the right look bad.   They are getting more and more desperate.

They just can't seem to get any people from the right to do it themselves.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

It seems more and more like you didn't read the article because she wasn't a leftie plant. She was open and honest about why she was there and what her sign meant. In this case her picture was only worth 1000 assumptions.


Quoting candlegal:

It seems that more and more events they are sending in leftie plants or they take upon themselves to try and make the right look bad.   They are getting more and more desperate.

They just can't seem to get any people from the right to do it themselves.


 

notomatoes
by Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

she was obviously "planted" there to draw attention to the martin supporters, making the zimmerman supporters look like card carrying racists.the bottom line here is that when the orignal story broke, the information"leaked" to the media was slanted and seriously biased, and as a result, you now have two completely seperate schools of thought on the case, which wouldnt have happened if the information "leaked" to the media had not been so distorted, spun and biased..and who really wins in the "spin game" , the politicians who hold rallys and raise money for "their cause", its the politicians who line their pockets with their supporters money, all the while encouraging americans to hate each other.

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I sincerely doubt this was a "plant".  Just a woman who is very misguided


Quoting candlegal:

It seems that more and more events they are sending in leftie plants or they take upon themselves to try and make the right look bad.   They are getting more and more desperate.

They just can't seem to get any people from the right to do it themselves.



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