NY Daily News Retracts 'Racist' Protester Story, Others Silent

The now infamous “We're Racist & Proud!” sign hoax to discredit demonstrators supporting George Zimmerman was thoroughly debunked by an exclusive video interview Breitbart News released yesterday. 

The hoax began with vague and ambiguous reporting from the Houston Chronicle in regards to a picture of a protester holding a sign that during a Justice-for-Trayvon/New Black Panther Party protest. The New York Daily NewsPhilip Caulfield then distorted the Chronicle’s reporting and spun a narrative portraying the Houston paper’s report as directly identifying the sign bearer as a “Zimmerman supporter.” 

A Democratic strategist, Tara Dowdell, then took to FOX News and asserted the false narrative as fact. Soon, the UK’s Daily Mail repeated the false reporting from the New York Daily News as fact to an international community.

The New York Daily News retracted the false claims after outcry resulting from the Breitbart video. Tara Dowdell initially tried to argue the issue via Twitter, but once the video of the interview was made available to her, she simply went silent. She did not acknowledge her error, nor did she apologize to Zimmerman supporters for the smear she presented to millions of viewers on national television. 

Breitbart News sent an email to the Daily Mail's online editor (in addition to the numerous tweets from readers) informing them that their source, the New York Daily News, had since retracted the false claims. The Daily Mail did not respond; their story decrying the counter-protesters to the NBPP rally as racists is still available online.


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