Redstate defends Perry
Sun October 2, 2011 3:25 pm

Erick Erickson posted this on Redstate.com today:

Hugh Hewitt has a good takedown of this. It shows the extent to which the Democrats will go to attack Republicans. Stephanie McCrummen, a Washington Post based reporter formerly stationed in Nairobi has a history of fanning racial flames out of context.

In a move that was genuinely supported by people of all races in North Carolina, McCrummen earlier this year tried to paint tea party backed school board members as racist for restructuring a school busing program in the Raleigh area. Again, there were a large number of black residents supportive of the measure, but McCrummen’s reporting failed to get into that.

Now, she’s out with a story about Rick Perry and his dad using a hunting camp with a big rock on it that has the word “Ni**erhead” on it. Rick Perry’s father painted over the rock. At some point, they turned the rock over so it couldn’t be seen.

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The ad hominem attack on the reporter rankles me--the reporting is either accurate or it isn't, and it shouldn't matter that the author was posted in Nairobi at sometime in the past. Having read the Post's story, I do think it is less than clear when the rock was painted, or by whom. It is clear that a lot of people knew about the name.

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