How often is often?

July 23, 2010

Race issues beset Obama’s ‘post-racial’ presidency

Conservatives had linked the tape to the NAACP asking the conservative “Tea Party” political movement to denounce racism by some of its members. Images such as Obama with a bone through his nose and the White House with a lawn full of watermelons are often displayed at Tea Party rallies.

USA/What exactly constitutes ‘often’ in this sentence? To most, it implies that these images are seen at a majority of the rallies. This has never been shown to be the case. That would make it a false statement and should be retracted.

I encourage you to retract that statement, or at the very least, alter the verbiage to give it some factual basis.


I am a Michigan Tea Party member and have been to over 30 Tea Party events both national and local and have never witnessed any pictures of Obama with a bone through his nose, or pictures of the White House with watermelons on the lawn.

In fact, I have never ever seen anything of a derogatory racial nature concerning President Obama.

gbu buttons tea party 300I have, however, seen pictures depicting him as a fascist, which is just a political statement.

I suggest the authors of this article actually attend an event or even interview some tea party members so that they can really understand what we are about.

Small limited government and adherence to the U.S. constitution is what we’re about, not a bunch of racism.


We heard from a number of readers about this. We should not have used the word “often” in that sentence. We have issued a correction: GBU Editor

Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks at a Tea Party Express rally on Boston Commons in Boston, April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Buttons for sale at Tea Party Express rally. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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So correct me if I’m wrong. It appears that your use of “racist”, “racism”, or possibly some other similar wording is just “shorthand” by Reuters when referring to anyone that doesn’t agree with Obama and his policies without question, whether or not it is an accurate description. Just like Reuters’ use of “anti-immigration” when referring to people that have no problem with immigration, but happen to be against ILLEGAL immigration. (see GBU article “Anti-immigration?”, 25 Jun 2010) Ever hear the term “accuracy in reporting”? Ever hear of a dictionary? I suppose that if you had an article about people protesting about illegal prostitution, you would say that they were anti-sex?
To make things worse, you couldn’t show any photographic evidence to even justify using “occasionally”, let alone “often”. I see that you have since admit that you shouldn’t have used “often”, how about owning up to your other inacuracies?

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So does Reuters have reporters that attend Tea Party events? It seems necessary in order to accurately portray what occurs there. I frankly do not trust the word of Tea Partiers themselves, but also question the generalizations that seem to be made about them. If a reporter has seen racist signs, buttons, etc., then that is what should be in the story.

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