CNN camerawoman in RNC peanut-throwing incident comes forward

Journal-isms | Witches’ Brew
Patricia Carroll is the CNN cameraperson who got peanuts thrown at her at the Republican National Convention Tuesday, Richard Prince reports. Carroll, who is black, told Prince “she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage.”

“This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue,” she said by telephone from Tampa.

Carroll also told Prince that no one got the names of the peanut throwers, who said: “This is what we feed animals.”

She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates.

Witches’ Brew also has an interview with Carroll and a photo of her.

Carroll told Prince that she’s not doing any more interviews about what happened.

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  • Anonymous

    That’s not quite right, Derm. I can tell you from firsthand experience it is very, very tough to get into the convention without all the proper credentials, and even many WITH credentials are turned away if the right people won’t verify them.

  • Anonymous

    Gretchen is right. Some of you will possibly also remember that at the last RNC convention reporters were not only not allowed in but arrested. It would seem nothing has changed since the 1964 Republican National Convention, when a young Belva Davis was pelted with garbage. In her autobiography, she writes, “I didn’t really get nervous until I could feel a bottle whiz by my head. It crashed against the concrete, and my knees started to shake as we were walking down the ramp to get out of the Cow Palace.”

  • Anonymous

    I read this on a blog today and thought it was a prank so I thought I’d Google the story expecting to find nothing. I am physically sick to my stomach that something like that could happen in a civilizes society, let alone a convention to promote someone for the office of the Presidency. I will do all in my power to spread the news so that no self-respecting individual would vote for that lot.

  • Anonymous

    because the southern “segregationists” (democrats) switched parties and became republicans. re: strom thurmond et al. (thurmond, of course, being the 1948 “dixiexcrat” candidate for president.)

    the sudden election of southern republicans to congress in 1964 was a direct reaction AGAINST federal civil rights legislation pushed by LBJ in 1964 and 1965. barry goldwater was the gop nominee for president in 1964, and he (as the spokesman for his party) OPPOSED federal involvement in civil rights. he argued it was a “states rights” issue, familiar term in the gop today. goldwater lost in a landslide to LBJ. he carried only six states, his home (arizona) AND the core of the deep south anti-civil rights states: mississippi (87.1 percent of the vote), alabama (69.6), south carolina (58.9), louisiana (56.8) and georgia (54.1).

    the south historically hated republicans BECAUSE they represented the “party of lincoln,” who instigated the civil war, who freed the slaves. but on the national level, all that turned 180 degrees in 1964. the gops love to point to byrd’s klan membership in the 1940s, but their argument is laughably disingenuous in light of subsequent history. understand?

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.d.phillips.5 Christopher Donald Phillips

    Uh, the KKK was made up of southern Democrats like Byrd, how is this getting laid on the Repulicans?

  • LanceThruster

    Does anyone know where Sen. George “Macaca” Allen was at the time?

  • Vice-President Dink Cheney

    That’s the best you can do, claim it didn’t happen? Pathetic, dude, just go on and say you’d have done it yourself like your buddy Charlie did. No wonder Mitt was able to take you guys over so easily.

  • Vice-President Dink Cheney

    They eventually caught the man who did that, who was vigorously defended on the grounds that it was a long time ago and they were asking for it.

  • Vice-President Dink Cheney

    Today they are saying ‘liberal imposters.’

  • Vice-President Dink Cheney

    Until those men come forward, we are free to speculate on who they might have been. Bush and Quayle? Rick Perry and Dubya Bush? Clint Eastwood and an orangutan?

  • Jim Spice

    I don’t deny that it’s POSSIBLE that such an incident could occur at the
    DNC Convention, but it’s certainly MUCH less likely. The racial
    animosity seething just below the surface at the RNC event was palpable.
    It was only a matter of time before someone grabbed the wrong whistle
    and blew.

  • Nicholas Julian

    Wasn’t Herman Cain there too?

  • Anonymous

    again, where did you hear they were two white men? Were did you find this reporting? Please provide links…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TTATJCNBN4XNSHU7GV4V7YAQRY PedroHanson

    Did she get their names? She was running a camera, did she get video or at least audio of the incident? I say this is just another liberal racist smear. Especially after reading her comments about how this happens all the time. She is right, racism is a global issue; liberals are racists using race as a weapon against opponents of their socialist agenda.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TTATJCNBN4XNSHU7GV4V7YAQRY PedroHanson

    Did she get their names? She was running a camera, did she get video or at least audio of the incident? I say this is just another liberal racist smear. Especially after reading her comments about how this happens all the time. She is right, racism is a global issue; liberals are racists using race as a weapon against opponents of their socialist agenda.

  • Anonymous

    1) actually, i could and did read in the 1960s. strike one.
    2) a person did not have to be “close enough to birmingham to buy a newspaper” to know what was going on there in 1963. the whole f*ing world knew. strike two.
    3) the race card? lol. surely you can’t be serious. do you recall the trickster’s “southern strategy” way back in, oh, 1968 (that’s 44 years AGO)? do you happen to remember lee atwater (karl rove’s godfather) who, when he was literally on his deathbed, called all the people he had run over by using race to beat them, and he apologized? he apologized for it all. strike three.
    you are out on called strikes. you didn’t even take the bat off your shoulder and swing. not once.

  • Anonymous

    Why would you make such a derogatory and slanderous comment about a group of individuals whom you know nothing about?

    Your statements simply indicate a deep-rooted prejudice against the South, which may or may not be the case, with or without it being an interrogatory.

  • Anonymous

    Too big-a-word for our 8th grade reading-level readership, sweetheart.

    But you’d likely be a good fit at the WaPost arm of the DNC…

  • Anonymous

    The simple point is that It’s the media’s rush to judgement without any further consideration of relevant facts.

    But you appear just too focused on playing the race card to consider anything else? Must have never done any investigative reporting, nor ever aware how Harvey LeRoy “Lee” Atwater sometimes was able to divert media attention and/or direction using a manufactured incident…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Berman/100000669729095 Dan Berman

    I love that the head of the delegation immediately blamed “alternates.” Perfect.

  • Anonymous

    You weren’t able to read back during the 1960s, nor were you close enough to Birmingham to buy a newspaper…

    But when you have no other valid point to argue, you simply play the “race card” – early & often!

  • Anonymous

    Because the only black man in the room was Artur Davis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1103960090 Nathan Stellman

    Bring forward the two that did it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barbara-Hodges/100000863918892 Barbara Hodges

    I learned at the knee of my granny NOT to throw anything at others, especially NUTS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barbara-Hodges/100000863918892 Barbara Hodges

    Disingenious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barbara-Hodges/100000863918892 Barbara Hodges

    I wonder if the Alabama Peanut Growers Association knows who the two “men” who threw the peanuts are?

  • http://www.facebook.com/truththomas Samoht Hturt

    Respectfully, where did you hear they were not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/truththomas Samoht Hturt

    Funny, ;) but no. That CL comparison is a false parallel. Unlike the fictional Henny Penny character who was paranoid over something false, the black CNN camerawoman was actually struck by something damaging–insults and pelting, in the company of a predominantly white crowd at the RNC. Racism–the legacy of slavery–is a sky that continues to fall on people of colour in America. It’s as real as Newton’s laws, whether one chooses to believe them or not. However, I do agree with you that a further investigation is needed for full disclosure of all relevant facts related to the incident.

  • Anonymous

    this reminds me of the claims by the klan in the 1960s that civil rights groups blew up a black church (and killed 4 little girls) to gain sympathy for their cause. utterly preposterous.

  • Anonymous

    This would also constitute Chicken Little’s take, without any further investigation to determine a tier of relevant fact…

  • Anonymous

    Until someone decides to do some balanced reporting, i.e. identify the throwers and determine whether or not they were DNC plants for disruption – this is no more than biased reporting and inference of unconfirmed wrongdoing…

  • Anonymous

    Until someone decides to do some balanced reporting, i.e. identify the throwers and determine whether or not they were DNC plants for disruption – this is no more than biased reporting and inference of unconfirmed wrongdoing…

  • Anonymous

    Samoht Hturt – Where did you hear that it was two white men?

  • http://www.facebook.com/truththomas Samoht Hturt

    It is a race issue, because no harassing remarks or materials were thrown at any white members of the media (whether they worked at CNN or Fox News)–only the black camerawoman, by two white men. As painful as it is to accept, racism exists in America. BTW, I’d respectfully encourage you not to throw projectiles at anyone–especially in Florida. There are laws against that kind of thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/truththomas Samoht Hturt

    With all due respect to Ms. Carroll, everything is political. The
    cover-up of her attack, by Republicans and CNN, is already being used
    for “political advantage.” The fact of the matter is that she was
    assaulted because she was black at the RNC, not the DNC. And, despite
    assurances from the head of the delegation that her attackers were not
    delegates, there is a very good chance that her attackers are indeed
    delegates. People lie, and that’s news that needs to be reported, not
    shielded from public review. That racism is a global issue is not the
    point. The point is that she was harassed and dehumanized at the RNC
    simply because of the colour of her skin.

  • Anonymous

    So, this is a race issue and not a reference to the “animals” that work at CNN? My God, everything is about race these days. Has anyone bothered to think that maybe the people threw nuts at her because she worked for CNN, and not because of race?

    If I saw some jackwagon from any of the other lamestream liberal media, I’d be throwing nuts at them too.

    It’s not like they threw racial slurs… or said she’d be “back in chains” ala Joe Biden.