3. Calling a community organizer a “race pimp.”
On his Fox News show, Sean Hannity reached for a tried-and-true distraction technique: claiming the real problem isn’t racist police practices, but rather the people who try to bring attention to racist police practices. Hannity and his guest Kevin Jackson teamed up on community organizer DeRay McKesson, who has been reporting from McKinney on Twitter. The segment is truly bewildering, with Jackson calling McKesson a “race pimp” and saying, “I bet you haven’t been to the funeral of any cop who was killed in the line of duty.” Hannity accused McKesson of being a “professional protester” and Jackson yelled, “You’re getting paid, DeRay! You’re getting paid!”
Neither Jackson nor Hannity, who both get paid to express their opinions, explained why it would be illegitimate for someone else to do the same. Nor did they explain why someone making money for doing work would excuse police violence against innocent teenagers.
And anyway, their point is moot: McKesson said in the segment that he’s not getting paid by ayone, and is in fact unemployed.
4. Look, we found a black man to vindicate our opinions!
Right-wing outlets such as Breitbart have been lavishing attention on a man named Benét Embry, who says he lives near the infamous McKinney pool and has blamed the incident on some of the teens who were present.
“This was a teenage party that got out of hand,” because some kids without a passcode showed up and there was fighting, Embry says.
Everyone who was at the party says the fight started when a white women started yelling racist things at the guests.
The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson’s home for conservatives’ most frat boy-ish impulses, cycled through all the standard excuses for the McKinney debacle, but then found a unique spin on the distressing incident: breasts.
Under the headline “Did Somebody Say McKinney Pool Party?!” a Daily Caller staffer published cheesecake photos of model Charlotte McKinney posing in a skimpy bikini at a pool. Ya know, in case you weren’t actually looking for information about racial injustice, and just wanted to look at boobs instead.