Shocker! Media Falls for Another Obvious Hate Hoax

A Georgia state lawmaker made obviously untrue (and totally unprovable) allegations against a man with whom she interacted at a grocery store, claiming that he told her to “go back to where [she] came from.”

Who: Georgia House Rep. Erica Thomas (D).

What: “Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!” she said on Twitter.

The New York Times, formerly the “paper of record” immediately published a story based on Thomas’ claims, only to quietly revise it when the real story came to light. Several other media outlets did the same.

This reporter wasn’t fooled for a second.

Later Saturday, Thomas walked back her obvious false claims.

“I don’t wanna say he said ‘go back to your country,’ or ‘go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references, is what I remember,” Thomas told a local new station.

But Twitter left the headline remain throughout Sunday as one of its top trending news items, as I noted mid-Sunday.

As it turns out, Eric Sparkes, the “racist” man in question, is a Cuban American Democrat.

“This woman, Ms. Thomas, is playing the victim for political purposes because she is a state legislator,” Sparkes said. “I’m a Democrat and will vote Democrat for the rest of my life, so call me whatever you want to believe. For her political purposes, make it black, white, brown, whatever. It is untrue.”

He admitted to calling Thomas a “lazy SOB,” but denies making racially-charged comments. There is no video of the incident.

Why It Matters: The media has already fallen for several hate hoaxes this year, including the Covington Catholic situation, during which a teenage boy, after being confronted by a Native American man and insulted by the Black Hebrew Israelites (a black supremacy group) smirked, and the Jussie Smollett affair, wherein the former “Empire” actor claimed he was the victim of an attempted lynching at the hands of Trump supporters.

I chronicled several hate hoaxes supported by the media in my newly-released book, Enemies: The Press vs. The American People

Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly summed it up nicely.

“Consider yourself blessed you live in a country so bereft of racism that it must constantly be created out of thin air,” he said.


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