McClatchy Co., which filed for bankruptcy protection this week, played a role in one of the most effective and damaging hoaxes ever deployed in the media’s war against the conservative grassroots: the “Tea Party N-word.”
In March 2010, thousands of Tea Party activists descended on the U.S. Capitol to protest as the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), voted to approve Obamacare, over bipartisan opposition.
Democrats accused the Tea Party demonstrators of using the “N-word” to attack black members of Congress walking into and out of the Capitol, and McClatchy reported it:
Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health-care bill, shouted “n-” yesterday at Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.
The protesters also shouted obscenities at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, lawmakers said.
“They were shouting, sort of harassing,” Lewis said. “But, it’s OK, I’ve faced this before. It reminded me of the ’60s. It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean.”
But there was never any actual evidence that happened. more