Bivins Hollar is running for state senate in North Carolina. He likes to make videos. One of those, in which he suggests that blacks in South Africa should be rounded up into a “five, six square mile area” where they would then “starve to death,” caught the attention of Charlotte Observer reporter Jim Morrill. When Morrill called Hollar to ask him about the video, Hollar denied making it:
“I didn’t do it,” he said. “… I do not know what you’re talking about.”
As he put a reporter on hold, the video disappeared from YouTube.
The Observer has preserved Hollar’s video on its website. In an email, Jim Morrill tells how the paper kept this piece of Hollar’s oeuvre out there: “Thanks. It wasn’t us,” he writes. “It was the source who tipped us to the story. We didn’t use their name. But they preserved it on the hunch that he would take it down once questions were asked.”