The Political Times column last Sunday, about a generational divide over racial attitudes, erroneously linked one example of a racially charged statement to the Tea Party movement. While Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements, there is no evidence that epithets reportedly directed in March at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, outside the Capitol, came from Tea Party members.
But this correction is woefully inadequate. It suggests that the epithets were issued, but it hasn’t been shown that they came from Tea Party participants. In fact, there is no evidence to suggest that the epithets were issued at all. To the contrary, all the available evidence suggests that Lewis and company made the whole thing up.
Still, the NYT’s partial correction shows that this particular fabrication is losing its effectiveness.
POSTSCRIPT: There’s also the pathetic smear that “Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements.” Out of the hundreds of thousands that have attended Tea Parties, I’m sure that the Times could find a few racists (although most of those are plants). Among the NYT’s darling Democrats, one hardly has to wade into the crowd to find the racists.