Elspeth Reeve wants to know, and I’ll tell you.
I’d say it’s almost as racist as running over dogs with tanks for sport, dear. Real Micheal Vick-grade stuff, if he had a Bradley IFV.
Reeve seems to be hoping that this woman was used, but to do that she’d have to establish that:
- the woman didn’t have free will
- she was taken grossly out of context
- she didn’t know she was being filmed.
- the person who provided the video did so with the intention of mocking the woman’s race instead of her beliefs.
The woman in the video does indeed seem to be speaking extemporaneously of her own accord, if not very intelligently.
Was the quote taken out of context? It’s hard to tell. While the video clip seems to capture the woman’s excitement of getting an “Obama phone” honestly and completely, we don’t know why she was talking about “Obama phones,” or from where she got her information.
Did she not know she was being filmed? Impossible. She spoke directly to the camera.
Is there any evidence that the video was targeting this woman because of her race, or is it more likely that this video was noteworthy because of he excited performance and erroneous beliefs? Most rational observers would agree that the story is a story because of this woman’s ignorant excitement, which would still be noteworthy if the speaker were, say, a fake Indian without a law license running for Congress.
It looks rather much like failed fact-checker Elspeth has fouled up because of shoddy research once again.
I guess there is something to be said for being consistent.