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From the 'N-word' to the Washington Times

Tommy Christopher reports that Dale Robertson, a self-described tea party activist who was basically drummed out of the movement over holding a quasi-racist sign, has signed up with the Washington Times as a contributor to its tea party blog. Christopher's quick rundown explains just how strange this is:

Robertson, you may recall, was thrust back into the limelight in March, when he was quoted by the paper as never having seen any racial slurs at tea parties, despite having been photographed holding a sign that featured the N-word. He told us the photo was a fake, which our expert then disputed, before a sea of journalists came forward to point out that Robertson had already admitted to holding the sign.

So he's known for two things -- holding a sign with a racial slur, then lying about it. It's sometimes difficult for reporters to discriminate* between self-promoting tea partyers and the people really driving the movement, but it's not that difficult.

*no pun intended

By David Weigel  |  May 21, 2010; 9:37 AM ET
Categories:  Tea Party  
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