Long story short: Think Progress published a post with a pieced together video, supposedly proving there is racism associated with Tea Party events. Confederate Yankee not only provided context, but also linked to examples of racist signs manufactured by a failed group called "Crash the Tea Party", whose stated mandate was to crash tea party's, pretending to be members/supporters, holding up racist and hate filled signs to offer "proof" of racism and hate. (Think Progress links to a piece written about "hateful" signs as some type of proof that the Tea Party is filled with hatred and racism)
Crash the Tea Party:
WHO WE ARE: A nationwide network of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are all sick and tired of that loose affiliation of racists, homophobes, and morons; who constitute the fake grass-roots movement which calls itself “The Tea Party.”
WHAT WE WANT: To dismantle and demolish the Tea Party by any non-violent means necessary.
HOW WE WILL SUCCEED: By infiltrating the Tea party itself! In an effort to propagate their pre-existing propensity for paranoia and suspicion. … We have already sat quietly in their meetings and observed their rallies.
Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them. We will also use the inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans
Sound like fun? … It is!!
Confederate Yankee does the due diligence that Think Progress did not:
Really, Think Progress?
Did you not think we'd remember the amusing signs your fellow liberals created for their little abortive "Crash the Tea Party" stunt in Boston? Let's just say that some were more amusing than others, and some just showed pathetic and angry progressives often are.
There is an old saying that you're entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.
At Think Progress, they're ready to make up the "facts," yet again.
Update: Oh, Think Progress... did you really think you'd get away with it?
Get away with what you ask? I am soooooooooooooo glad you asked!!!!
Confederate Yankee explains how Think Progress attempted to block the video they created and promoted:
Merely blocking that video and replicating it elsewere doesn't do you any favors, or save you any embarrassment. Amusingly, it it indicates that you know you have a problem, but that you simply don't care to correct your lies.
I'd feel sorry for you, if you had souls.
But your offending article is still online. Your video may change locations, but is easily relinked. The more often you do it, the more obvious your panic becomes.
About the only thing you can do at this point to save face is to issue a retraction, but we know that isn't likely to happen either, is it?
That wold require humility and integrity, two character traits that have rarely burdened you.
Keep playing games, my friends.
We'll keep busting you.
One expression comes to mind.
[Update] Think Progress has re-added the video, after editing it and adding an update stating:
Update One of the clips in the video had footage from a 2006 anti-immigration event, not a Tea Party rally. We regret the error and have posted an updated video.
Question- Do they regret the "error" or do they regret that they were so publicly called out on misrepresenting the video footage from one event and claiming it was from a Tea Party event?
(Piece updated and corrected on 7/15/10 at 10:45am)