Lacking evidence, AP tries to shift burden of proof to Tea Partiers: Show you didn't do it 

Here's a pretty lame attempt by the Associated Press to defend poorly-sourced news reports that protesters at the Capitol last weekend shouted racial epithets at black congressmen:

Conservative columnist Andrew Breitbart disputed accounts that tea party activists in Washington shouted racial epithets at black members of Congress amid the health care debate, although he didn't provide any evidence.

Excuse me, but that doesn't seem to state the situation correctly. No one has offered any evidence that this ever happened. Despite an ample, perhaps even excessive number of video cameras at the scene and moment of the alleged incident, no one has produced video evidence substantiating the report that the N-word was used. Unlike other incidents that were correctly reported and caught on tape that weekend, no reporter has claimed to have seen this one happen.

Andrew Breitbart upped the ante on Friday, offering to donate $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if anyone comes forward with evidence of this alleged incident.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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