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RNC Attendee Hurled Nuts at Black CNN Camerawoman, Called Her an 'Animal'


A tweet from journalist David Shuster brought attention to an ugly racial incident at the Republican National Convention yesterday:

An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.

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.

The HuffPo notes: "The incident would be ugly anywhere, but it is especially troubling for a party whose nominee attracted 0 percent of the black vote in a recent NBC poll."

UPDATE: CNN Political Ticker:

The convention released a statement saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."

CNN also acknowledged the incident, saying, "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.”


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  1. And there was also this shocking heckling of a GOP delegate and convention functionary from Puerto Rico:

    Posted by: Chris in MN | Aug 29, 2012 8:54:36 AM

  2. David Shuster makes things up out of thin air and is Washington DC's "hack extraordinaire". Why isn't CNN reporting it. He's famous for having been fired from all three 24-hour news stations. Congrats!

    Posted by: Markus | Aug 29, 2012 8:58:48 AM

  3. actually Chris

    they were not heckling the Puerto Rico speaker

    I'd like nothing more than that report to be true to unmask the racism of the GOP for middle america...but what was happening at the same time were the ron paul people yelling and the USA chants were to drown out the ron paulbots ...not to heckle the Puerto Rico speaker

    The CNN camerawoman getting nuts thrown at her though was sadly very much true and blatantly racist

    Posted by: say what | Aug 29, 2012 9:05:56 AM

  4. PS


    CNN has already confirmed the incident, so take your head out of limbaughs @ss already

    Posted by: say what | Aug 29, 2012 9:06:37 AM

  5. Except, look Marcus, the account was "generally confirmed" by CNN. That would mean that the station is trying to protect it's access while still letting the story be told by someone else. I'm grateful to Mr. Shuster for breaking this little side show.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 29, 2012 9:08:59 AM

  6. Ugh, why is this not video, it would be a nail in the GNC's coffin

    Posted by: Mike C. | Aug 29, 2012 9:15:36 AM

  7. Doeplorable. But normal behavior for the American Taliban

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 29, 2012 9:30:36 AM

  8. They see 1980 all over again, so the lamestream media becomes more un-hinged by the minute. Just remember the day after the election, they'll be puzzled as to how it happened when it was "so close" before. They say Romney "should already be ahead". Oh, really? With our first African American President, just a freshman? It should be UNBELIEVABLE that it even be a contest! Romney should be drowning now, not just "ahead".

    Posted by: Markus | Aug 29, 2012 9:32:50 AM

  9. These 'incidents' are legion, and most turn out to be BS. I'm not saying absolutely that this was the case here, but judging by past similar incidents, it probably is. I'm reminded of the black congressmen who claimed tea party people called them racist names, but all video and audio from the scene showed this never occurred.

    All sides, especially the extreme left and right, engage in such fake troll 'incidents'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 29, 2012 9:34:38 AM

  10. It's the same racist disgusting behaviour as at a recent soccer match in England, where Rio Ferdinand (player)complained that racist items were thrown on to the pitch. At least the Football Association has taken action to investigate and to punish the offending club.

    What action has the RNC taken....other than to throw out the bigot ?
    Has the RNC investigated racism in its ranks ? Or is it just not interested ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 29, 2012 9:36:07 AM

  11. I'm surprised at some of you on here believing it is fake. If it were fake you would likely see these news organizations making a bigger deal of it. But CNN clearly knows it happened and doesn't want it to effect their viewership for the convention.

    Racism exists folks, and I know some of you like to believe that it just vanished with Obama, but its here, happening all the time. All you have to do is look.

    Posted by: BrandonJD | Aug 29, 2012 10:04:20 AM

  12. Markus and Ratbastard, two trolls in a racist nest.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 29, 2012 10:05:59 AM

  13. At least he was a nut with nuts, and not a nut with a gun.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 29, 2012 10:15:00 AM

  14. These actions are sadly not new for the republican party.

    The real issue is the voter ID laws. These laws must be countered with action. Anyone not registered to vote, must do so, now. These new restrictions are already in place in many states and they are not going away. All efforts must be made to make sure everyone is "officially" registered... picture ID, whatever...

    These voter suppression laws will not stand in the long run and will most certainly be challenged, but for now...get yourself or anyone you know... registered.

    This is one of the many ways they will try and steal this election...if we give it to them and don't vote. It really all comes down to the numbers.

    There must be a huge effort here, especially in swing states or we lose.

    Posted by: Will | Aug 29, 2012 10:15:27 AM

  15. His father bought an OMEGA watch in the 1960s at this authorized dealer called ‘Siebel‘. It must have been the mid-sixties according to the owner as he brought this watch to the store in 1969 for a service.

    Posted by: Breitling Replica | Aug 29, 2012 10:15:57 AM

  16. Yes. The RNC only likes their racism covert and wrapped up in subtlety. Birtherism and Voter ID laws anyone?

    Posted by: Nase | Aug 29, 2012 10:30:23 AM

  17. Well, Im not saying that this story is fake, but, if this woman was a cameraman working the convention then why is there no video? Why weren't these people arrested? Or at the very least tazered. It's just so over the top like a story from the "Mike Walker" game. I would like to see more coverage on this because if it is true then there should be charges brought against the offenders. Oh and FYI , there are idiots that belong to BOTH of the major parties so blaming the whole party for the alleged actions of 2 people would be just as bad as the act itself.

    Posted by: jbee123 | Aug 29, 2012 10:31:02 AM

  18. The only difference between the Republican Party and the Ku Klux Klan is the thread count of their sheets.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 29, 2012 10:33:25 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 29, 2012 10:38:04 AM

  20. "if this woman was a cameraman working the convention then why is there no video?"

    Because she was busy shooting something else?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 29, 2012 10:49:14 AM

  21. Really DK? That's ur answer? ...Forget the fact that a professional camera person would no way miss that sort of event if it were happening to them, what about the other thousands of cameras and camera phones in the place. No coverage at all? Like I said , I dont know if this incident is true or not but it sounds very made up to me.

    Posted by: jbee123 | Aug 29, 2012 10:58:37 AM

  22. @MARKUS How cute! "Lamestream media". That's so Sarah Palin and soooooo 2008. I'd take the advice of @SAY WHAT and take your fat, bloated, GoProud head out of your tight little republicon @$$ before you make an even bigger fool of yourself.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 29, 2012 11:11:36 AM

  23. Thanks Jamal for so eloquently embodying everything Republicans think of Liberals in one fell swoop. You do fine work .... Jack@ss.

    Posted by: 1ofthecynics | Aug 29, 2012 11:26:43 AM

  24. Yes, JBEE123, that's my answer. There is a word associated with cameras, it's called "focus". She was probably doing her job, focusing on events on the stage, and the other cameramen were probably doing their jobs, focusing on the stage, not other cameramen. And if she did turn the camera on the peanut tossers, you think they'd continue their racist taunts for the camera?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 29, 2012 11:35:08 AM

  25. Right Wing Christians are a hate group who want to be slave masters and make us their slaves.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 29, 2012 12:01:12 PM

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