Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Reporting While Black

We all know that DWB (Driving While Black) is per se evidence of a crime in the United States, but RWB (Reporting While Black) is a new one by me.

Via the field negro, comes the story of a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat, who was removed from a McCain event on Friday, with no apparent reason provided -- other than the reporter was obviously black.

As the paper reported, McCain security ousts reporter:

Price was among at least three other reporters, and the only black reporter, surrounding McCain's campaign bus — Gov. Charlie Crist and his fiancee, Carole Rome, were already aboard — when a member of the Arizona senator's security detail asked the reporter to identify himself. Price had shown his media credentials to enter the area.

Price showed his employee identification as well as his credentials for the Friday event.

"I explained I was with the state press, but the Secret Service man said that didn't matter and that I would have to go," Price said.

When another reporter asked why Price was being removed, she too was led out of the area. Other state reporters remained.

A McCain spokesman said that race had nothing to do with it. The Jed Report questions that, The no-talk express, observing:
The problem, of course, is that Price -- the only black reporter in that area -- was also the only reporter singled out for this treatment, even though there were many other state-based reporters in the area. (When another reporter complained about Price's treatment, that reporter was also booted.)
The reporter, Stephen Price, was interviewed by Keith Olbermann on Countdown:

I really think this is just another example of Obama playing the race card.

How, you ask?

The same way that race had nothing to do with Price's being asked to leave. These things are just hard to explain. You just have to believe. And trust McCain.

(Video via The Jed Report)

1 comment:

quakerdave said...

Waiting for the appropriate outrage from the Corporate Media...