These foundations have showered News21 with cash to give college kids cameras and plane tickets to roam the country attacking voter integrity efforts. They cloak themselves with academic camouflage courtesy of Arizona State University. They proudly call themselves the “future of journalism.” “We’re redefining journalism,” their webpage declares.
No argument there. But conservatives should investigate the ideological agenda funding News21, because they seek to affect the November election. Recently the Washington Post swallowed their faulty voter fraud work with a feature article, no questions asked.
Let’s turn back to the racial incitement of News21’s Vicens and Khan.
They report that black voters are “intimidated” by the presence of law-abiding poll watchers in a Milwaukee precinct. Vicens and Khan ask no tough questions about the legal meaning of intimidation when they blissfully report:
The black voter “noticed three people in the back of the room. They were watching, taking notes.”
Officially called “election observers,” they were white. [Jamilia] Gatlin, and almost everyone in line, was black.
“That’s pretty harassing right there, if you ask me,” Gatlin said in the hall outside the gym. “Why do we have to be watched while we vote?”
“Pretty harassing … if you ask me”? News21 was asking them — but didn’t ask the questions everyone is thinking: Pencils? Taking notes? Vicens and Khan didn’t bother to ask what was so intimidating about taking notes with pencils. Heck, in Philadelphia even billy clubs don’t seem to bother some people! Vicens and Khan ignore that inconvenient backdrop when they use the term “intimidation.”
Vicens and Khan don’t turn to any law to define “intimidation.” They falsely accuse poll watchers of committing a crime. Do they teach defamation per se at the Arizona State j-school?
Instead, Khan and Vicens, and their million-dollar funders, serve up racialist tripe. If there are white people in the room, black people should be offended!