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NAACP seemingly abandons Tea Party tracking website

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

The NAACP hasn’t updated its teapartytracker.org website since October 20, and hasn’t tweeted from its special TeaPartyTracker handle since August 30.

This might mean the NAACP has decided the Tea Party movement isn’t racist after all. When the NAACP launched the website, which was meant to monitor “racism and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement,” it said, “our hope is that this site remains empty—that the Tea Party’s initial steps toward monitoring extremism within their ranks bear fruit. But if not, the NAACP will be there, as we have for more than one hundred years, to expose racism where it exists, in whatever form it takes.”

Well, there haven’t been any updates to the site since mid-October, and the website’s main video, one from the misleading “journalistic” duo of New Left Media, has held its place at the top of the site since late August.

Since the NAACP said it will be there to “expose racism where it exists, in whatever form it takes,” when the organization is not producing that content, does that mean the NAACP is admitting there is no racism to be exposed, in any form, in the Tea Party?

The NAACP failed to respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment or clarification.

Think Progress editor Faiz Shakir told TheDC in August that the NAACP could use his publication’s content on teapartytracker.org but that Think Progress was not producing content specifically for the NAACP website. In a more recent interview, Shakir told TheDC that he hasn’t been contacted by anyone from the NAACP about teapartytracker.org in a long time.

“From the beginning until now, our role has always been the same: we produce content that we think is important, and NAACP’s staffers will take whatever content they like of ours and promote it on their site,” Shakir said in an e-mail. “I’ve never had anything to do with the site, and haven’t talked to any organizer of that site for months. It’s an NAACP-run site, so you should ask them what’s going on with it.”

Since October 20, Think Progress has published content questioning the Tea Party movement’s views of Islam, fellow teapartytracker.org contributing organization, Media Matters, has attacked the Tea Party movement on racial lines via an attack on Fox News and New Left Media has added a video to its YouTube page. So, even though the NAACP’s “contributing organizations” continue to attack the Tea Party movement, the NAACP has, for some reason, ceased publishing those stories on Tea Party tracking site.

A Media Matters spokesperson did not respond to TheDC’s request for comment.

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  • sunnyr

    Race Baiter’s decided to fold up their tent and move on to the next victims.
    Unscrupulous, lying, mean-spirited dirtbags! You deserve to go down in flames.

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  • mowermike3

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that they were just tying to keep the minorities from casting votes for any Republicans. Now that the elections are over they’re looking for some new lies to come up with. If you ask me I think the NAACP needs to just go away, they just keep beating that same horse that died years ago. There is no need for this organization any more. All they do is create problems just like they were trying to do with the Tea Party because there aren’t the kind of problems there used to be when they first got together. I think it is time for a big fancy New Orleans style funeral for the NAACP. After that org. is buried we can concentrate on getting rid of the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson and I think that will eliminate the source of much of our racism problems.

    • DIANE TX

      I agree! It was just a ploy to insinuate that Republicans are racists.

      Well, that didn’t work out very well for them, did it? Heh heh heh.

  • rick013

    Last time I checked the only truly racist groups within the US were the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus. Strange how such groups still survive in this day and age when all they espouse is plantation politics.

  • independentvoter

    hey they are still looking for the racist members of the tea party.. so far no luck..LOL.. although they did find black and hispanic members.. now their confused..

  • jonavark

    NO! IT doesn’t mean what you think it means. The ENTIRE affair was designed by Michelle Obama and the NAACP in the middle of last year to affect the damn elections. She met with them and a week later they started on their crusade to find racists in every nook and cranny in America.

    The REASON the site is inactive now is because the election is over and they lost their asses bigtime.

    Chumps.

  • Robert_A_Hahn

    These kinds of web sites are all about collecting donations and email addresses. The same thing happens on the conservative side… Viguerie is a master at putting up “instant web sites” to capitalize on the Outrage Of The Day, then abandoning them when they no longer produce names for the mailing list.

    Chances are the NAACP collected a few thousand email addresses, most of which they had already. They’ve milked the “outrage” for all it was worth, so now it’s on to the next outrage.

    • 24AheadDotCom

      I think Robert_A_Hahn is the same person who banned me from RedState. That was after I’d posted 75 blog entries (not just comments) there over a 1.5 year period. They were never able to provide me with a logical explanation; the most they came up with was a temporal ambiguity in something that *someone else wrote* (Dan Stein of FAIR) that I simply quoted.

      Then, to compound matters, they kept my copyrighted content on their site. For the details scroll to the first entry here: 24ahead.com/s/redstate

      Regarding this post, it’s a bit like saying, “I think that mountain lion that’s been following us has left.” Hint: that’s not a smart thing to say.

      Just because the NAACP hasn’t updated their site in a while doesn’t mean that they and their friends are going to stop playing the race card. And, because the teapartiers have various mental and emotional problems, they’re going to keep on being unable to deal with it in effective ways. Instead, they’ll keep on making it worse.

      For my extensive coverage of them – including how they can be opposed in much more effective, pro-American ways – see:

      http://24ahead.com/s/tea-parties