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Op/Ed: Network stations bury RNC Convention racially-motivated nut attack incident

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An ROJS News & Radio LIVE Op/Ed

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Late into the evening on Tuesday, a Tweet was sent out by former MSNBC and Current TV Journalist David Shuster. The communication addressed an downright awful and shameful incident at the Republican National Committee Convention in Tampa, Florida which an African-American Camerawoman had nuts threw at her and was told, "This is how we feed the animals". Immediately, citizen blogger sites  Democratic Underground and Daily Kos notified readers of the melee which took place in Tampa.

Online News sites Talking Points Memo, Washington & Huffington Post and Politico followed up on the initial information, and were able to confirm an truly vile incident of the nature described above had indeed taken place. Nearly twenty-four hours later CNN, on its Political Ticker blog, issued this statement.

"Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.” 
Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 
The convention released a statement saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated." 
CNN also acknowledged the incident, saying, "CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”
So, that's it CNN? Will the public ever know identities of the perpetrators or better yet, hear from the employee that was harassed in a absolutely degrading way for just doing her job? Does the network plan to sweep this incident, widely reported by online resources, under the rug to stay in "good favors" with Republican National Committee Convention officials?

What about the other cable news networks?

In this case, I'm talking to you MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS; as we know Fox News will probably not report what occurred at the RNC Convention in Tampa, FL, ever. Where does the public right to know news -and make no mistake, nuts and a racial shur being thrown at an African-American employee at the RNC Convention is news- stands below network television stations' obligation to report the story?

According to Journalist Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo, it appears CNN's motto on this incident is only news, if CNN's says so:

"Meanwhile, the Republican National Convention is the GOP’s quadrennial ‘we love us a lotta non-white people’ fest. And given what I said above the last possible thing CNN wants is to rain on that parade or become the focus of a huge messaging nightmare if attendees were harassing an African-American member of their team. 
Certainly, the Convention organizers want to avoid discussion as much as possible too."
Ironically, although threw nuts and racially motivated statements happened to a CNN employee, MSNBC known for its' networks' left-leaning slant has yet to mention what occurred in Tampa, FL Tuesday night at the RNC Convention. Looking at my television screen, it appeared that plenty of their employees were covering the Convention all-day today.

Has the "silence is golden" call been passed around in "water-coolers" type conversations between commercial breaks?

This is pitiful, seriously!

In the last two weeks partakers of cable news have been listening to stories surrounding Mitt Romney's "dog-whistle racism" call about President Barack Obama's birth certificate to Congressional Representative Todd Akin (R-Missouri) and current candidate for the U.S. Senate, comparing what's the nature of a "legitimate rape" like there is one.

Yet, a clearly racial motivated nut attack with a slur occuring within ear shots of the professional designed studio sets at RNC's Tampa, FL Convention and the T.V. talking heads are mum? Something is not smelling right in Denmark, if you know what I mean.


If it wasn't for first Journalist David Shuster tweet, citizen blogger sites of Democratic Underground and Daily Kos, then online media organizations Talking Points Memo and Politico, this story would have been buried under the deep rug of "we decide what's important for the public to know".

Isn't this the same behavior we fault other countries that engage in propaganda journalism of? I know, America Television based media is suppose to be better and all. 


Well unless and until the entire story of the sad, ugly incident is told, no, it is not.

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