Well, that didn’t take long:
An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.
The CNN official declined to confirm specific details of the incident to TPM but generally confirmed an account posted on Twitter by former MSNBC and Current anchor David Shuster:
I suppose there’s no need to ask Juan, Condi, Artur, Steeleo, Mr. Uzbeki-beki-stan-stan, et al. whether this is indicative of NeoConfederate attitudes towards brown folks in general, but here’s a question for you: Why is TeaNN doing their damnedest to bury this story? Did their employee have to get shot in the face for it to count or something? I think this pretty much hits the mark:
If this had happened between two third parties, CNN would have used it to lead the evening bulletin. Instead, it comes across as an attempt to shut the story down to please its hosts. Referring, for instance, to an “incident” seems to diminish the seriousness of the event (which is, after all, a truly disgusting example of racism – the sort which many in the party are keen to pretend no longer exists), while there is no attempt at all to support their employee. Maybe she has her own feelings on the matter – it could be that she requested the whole thing be played down – but we can’t know that.
Instead, CNN seem to be trying their hardest to spin for the Republican Party.
That’s how they roll.