The MSM has decided the answer is yes.
A sampling follows:
Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted obscenities at members of the Congressional Black Caucus and spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat.
The protesters used a racial epithet toward Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, and confronted a gay congressman with taunts.
Capitol Police escorted the congressmen into the Capitol after the confrontation. At least one demonstrator reportedly was arrested. –Kansas City Star
Two African American congressmen, Andre Carson of Indiana and John Lewis from Georgia, were subjected to racial epithets from protesters as they left the Capitol after hearing President Barack Obama deliver a last-minute address promoting the health care bill.
Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, who is the highest-ranking African American official in Congress, told The Washington Post that he heard things from Saturday’s demonstrators that he had not heard “since March 15, 1960” when he was – as he put it – “marching to get off the back of the bus.” –Voice of America
An aide to Mr. Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, said that as he walked to the Capitol, Mr. Lewis was called racial slurs. A spokesman for Mr. Cleaver said that a protester spat on the congressman as he was walking to the Capitol for a vote.
Democratic aides said some demonstrators made anti-gay remarks to Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, who is gay.
The No. 3 Democrat in the House, Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, said, “I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus.” –New York Times
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon. The most high-profile openly gay congressman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), was heckled with anti-gay chants. –Washington Post
The meme is clear. And it’s not new. Tea Party members have been called racists for some time now by the race hustlers so this isn’t surprising. The real question however is did it actually happen.
GatewayPundit brings us a video snippett of the event that seems to cast some serious doubt:
Nothing is heard there that would suggest Lewis and his gang of political exploitation experts are correct. Nothing. But of course, it’s only a snippet.
Let’s assume the charges are true… that someone from the crowd yelled the “N” word and that someone spit at Lewis or Clyburn… who’s to say that it wasn’t a plant? Do you doubt for a minute that these leftist radicals would stoop to such a ploy? Seriously?
The media did their part yesterday to ignore the large crowd of anti-Obamacare Tea Party protesters while playing up the small anti-war crowds that held their own demonstration.
Do you think it outside the realm of possibility that the Tea Party group was infiltrated by one of these radical leftists who also happened to be in town and who decided to make hay of the frequent racism charge against this conservative movement?
You’d be a damned fool to do so.
A damned fool.
These people have shown that they will do anything to further their agenda. Anything.
Don’t think for a minute that they wouldn’t do something as low brow as this to smear those in opposition to what it is Obama stands for.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.