Talking Points Memo
The CNN official declined to confirm specific details of the incident to TPM but generally confirmed an account posted on Twitter by former MSNBC and Current anchor David Shuster: “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying ‘This is how we feed animals.’”
It is not clear whether the alleged culprit was a delegate or attending the convention in some other capacity.
In a written statement, CNN addressed the matter but divulged few details: “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.”
The RNC referred POLITICO to GOP Convention spokesperson Kyle Downey for comment. . . .
UPDATE: GOP convention spokesman Kyle Downey tells POLITICO, "Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
That person merely revealed and acted out the pervading and secret sentiment of most of the GOP. That's their BIG problem and there's no way out.
~ comment by gotch on Huff Post
Tomorrow is bring your own sheet day.
~ comment by lindaj3884 on Huff Post
You KNOW there will be "57" versions. He missed the garbage can. He was trying to get her attention, to be on TV. He wanted a date. He thought he knew her from somewhere. He wanted to share his "bounty" of nuts. He was throwing them at Schuster.
~ comment by Geeman215 on Huff Post
Maybe Tom Brokaw can explain how both sides do it.
~ comment by Beelzebud on Daily Kos
Hosea 8:7 "They sow the wind and shall reap the whirlwind."
~ comment by Hillbilly Dem on Daily Kos
Don't expect CNN to defend you, madam.
They don't want to lose their Teabagger cred.
~ comment by Bush Bites on Daily Kos
No worries...CNN will fire the camera woman and apologize for having hired a black person.
~ comment by bosshogg on Daily Kos
They'll fundraise off it after Rush Limbaugh informs his Republican party the CNN camera woman got what she deserved, & the individual who tossed the nuts "was just joking."
Once Limbaugh provides the incident the proper frame, they'll definitely fund raise off it.
It's who they are.
~ comment by wyvern on Daily Kos
On this day in 1956, Emmett Till was murdered; Today RNC delegate throws peanut at black camerawoman & calls her an animal— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) August 29, 2012
Dear .— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) August 29, 2012
@cnn: someone threw nuts at your black camerawoman. Do "both sides do it"? Think carefully.
Update: CNN's Wolf Blitzer Discusses the Incident
It's just an ugly reminder that there is an element of hatred that still exists in our country.
~ Wolf Blitzer of CNN