• Why You Can’t EVER Take the Media at Its Word: Publix Accuser’s Credibility Continues to Crumble

    Surge Summary: Georgia State Rep. who accused a “white man” of telling her to “go back” where she came from is being embarrassingly refuted by eyewitnesses. 

    Say it again, out loud. Put it on a sign near your TV, radio and computer. Use big, bold letters, all caps, italicized: NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU SEE, HEAR OR READ FROM ANY MEDIA PLATFORM UNTIL YOU HAVE INVESTIGATED AND CONFIRMED IT THROUGH MORE THAN ONE SOURCE.

    Apply this rule of thumb to known Progressive-leaning sites and platforms, especially. But apply it to so-called “conservative” founts of information as well.

    Here’s another situation confirming why that is crucial advice:

    From Erick Ericson/The Resurgent:

    An eyewitness to the incident at the Publix grocery store claims it was State Rep. Erica Thomas who told Eric Sparkes to “Go back where you came from!” not the other way around.

    Georgia State Rep. Erica Thomas claimed the Hispanic gentleman, Eric Sparkes, called her a lazy son of a b*tch and then told her to go back where she came from.

    According to The Cut, her initial complaint, posted in a Facebook Live video, was actually that[t]his white man comes up to me”, accosts her for bringing too many items through the business’s 10-and-under-checkout-line and then “says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch, you need to go back where you came from.’”

    The accused shopper — who identifies himself as a Cuban-American Democrat — admits to the “lazy SOB” part — and, obviously, that is bad enough. However, their accounts diverge strikingly after that point on.

    He said it had everything to do with Thomas being in the ten items or fewer line at Publix and nothing to do with her race. [Erickson]

    Additionally, Sparkes vigorously denies the nine-months-pregnant Thomas’s charge that he told her to go back to where she came from. She has since walked back – essentially denied — the claim in a TV interview then doubled down on it.

    Now this:

    [M]ultiple eyewitnesses said they did not hear Sparkes make the “go back” statement, a Publix employee eyewitness tells the police that Erica Thomas is the one who uttered the words, not Sparkes.

    From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

    A Publix employee told a Cobb County officer that she witnessed part of the conversation and heard Thomas “continuously tell Eric Sparkes to ‘Go back where you came from!’” but did not hear Sparkes utter those words to Thomas.

    Again, right now: make that sign. Position it up in a prominent place. Say the warning motto out loud. Never go back on it. You have nothing to lose and an awful lot of protection against unrelenting misinformation, propaganda – yes, “fake news” – to gain.

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