After years of covering racial hoaxes on college campuses and victim sob stories in the public arena, Iâ€™ve encountered countless opportunists who live by that demented mindset. At best, the fakers are desperately seeking 15 minutes of infamy. At worst, their aim is the criminalization of political dissent.
Upon decimating the deliberative process to hand President Obama a health-care â€œreformâ€ victory, unpopular Beltway Democrats and their media water-carriers now claim thereâ€™s a tea-party epidemic of racism, harassment, and violence against them.
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a tepid, obligatory statement against smearing all conservatives as national-security threats. But her lieutenants had already emptied their tar buckets. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen accused Republican leaders of â€œstoking the flames.â€ Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn accused the GOP of â€œaiding and abettingâ€ what he called â€œterrorism.â€
Yet, the claims that tea-party activists shouted â€œniggerâ€ at black House Democrats remain uncorroborated. The coffin reportedly left outside Missouri Democratic congressman Russ Carnahanâ€™s home was used in a prayer vigil by pro-life activists in St. Louis who were protesting the phony Demcare abortion-funding ban in Obamaâ€™s deal-cutting executive order. Videotape of a supposed intentional-spitting incident targeting Missouri Democratic congressman Emanuel Cleaver at the Capitol shows no such thing. Cleaver himself backed off the claim a few days later. He described his heckler to the Washington Post in more passive terms as â€œthe man who allowed his saliva to hit my face.â€ Slovenliness equals terrorism!
The FBI is now investigating the most serious allegation â€” that tea-party activists in Virginia are somehow responsible for a cut gas line at the home of Democratic representative Tom Perrielloâ€™s brother. But instead of waiting for the outcome of that probe, liberal pundits have enshrined the claim as conclusive evidence of the tea-party reign of terror.
Need more reasons to treat the latest Democratic hysteria with a grain of salt the size of their gargantuan health-care bill? Remember:
From there Malkin runs down a list of recent examples. As tactics go, these accusations are lame but effective. The mainstream media shouts it out without hesitation, but when something is disproven it’s noted with a hiccup.