Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Race Card and Other Falsehoods - Part Two

I really want Mr. McCain's representative to read this article that appeared in the Pensito Review and then ask himself who is REALLY injecting race into the presidential race. It appears as if Mr. McCain was caught with his hand in the cookie jar and can't give any comprehensible explanation.

Black Reporter Removed by McCain Security in Florida; Whites Allowed to Stay
Trish Aug. 3, 2008
The McCain team swears that race was not an issue when a senior reporter from the Tallahassee Democrat was ejected from a campaign rally in Panama City but they can’t supply an alternate explanation.
Newspaper’s executive editor: “We’re deeply concerned and disturbed that our reporter — of all of those in that area — was asked to move. My understanding is that Stephen was the only reporter approached and asked to leave, and the only reporter in that area who is black
[Stephen] 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.
The big question is, what if anything had Price done to earn his removal?
Tallahassee Democrat Executive Editor Bob Gabordi said the incident was unwarranted.
“We’re deeply concerned and disturbed that our reporter — of all of those in that area — was asked to move,” Gabordi said. “My understanding is that Stephen was the only reporter approached and asked to leave the area, and the only reporter in that area who is black. Another reporter who stood up for Stephen was then asked to leave.”
The McCain team denies Price was removed because he is African-American.
“Access to the senator is tightly controlled,” [McCain advance man Jonathan] Block said. “I would first express regret that your reporter was moved, and I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that race had nothing to do with it.”
And that’s supposed to settle it?

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