Tuesday, March 2, 2010

PATHETIC JOURNALISM 101: The Media's Racist Tea Party 'Leader' Is a Phony: Fake Tea Partier Also a Phony Soldier

Dale Robertson, the racist nut who many in the media have paraded as emblematic of Tea Party attendees, claims to be a "leader" of the movement. In fact, he is a loner who has been rebuffed by every Tea Party group with which he has associated.

Of course that did not dissuade the liberal media from unquestionably presenting him as the "leader" he dubiously claimed to be. The Washington Post and liberal blog Talking Points Memo both portrayed him as such, despite the fact that numerous Tea Party groups have publicly denounced him (none, as far as I can tell, have backed him).

It turns out his "leadership" is not the only thing Robertson embellished. In a brief bio on his website, he lies about his military career. According to the website,

Dale served his nation first as a U.S. Marine. After completing his duties with the Corps, he reenlisted into the U.S. Navy and became a U.S. Naval Officer. During his distinguished time of service, Dale’s Battle Group was first to the scene on 9/11 as well as first to launch an offensive in Afghanistan. He was stationed on the USS Sacramento which was the life blood of the Battle Group. He faithfully served our nation with Honor and Integrity, retiring after 22 years.

But a Freedom of Information Act request by blogger Jonn Lilyea at This Ain't Hell reveals that Robertson was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves after serving less than a year. That is quite an embellishment from the record he claims on his website. Robertson's statement is, in fact, riddled with falsehoods.

Jim Hoft asks, "what are the odds that the state-run media ignores this, too?" Yes, it was a rhetorical question.

TPM, WaPo, and others in the liberal media will no doubt ignore Robertson until he pops up again with another derogatory sign, or runs in front of television cameras shouting racial slurs. That, after all, has been the extent of Tea Party coverage thus far--we've been given no reason to believe that facts will change a thing.

—Lachlan Markay is an associate with Dialog New Media.

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