Over the past month and a half on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has debuted what in her mind was a critical look at two separate cultures: poverty in Mississippi and a supposed backwards view of government and welfare dependency in New York City stemming from racial components.
On Friday’s “Real Time,” Pelosi’s video challenged the media narrative that there are racial tensions boiling over in Sanford, Fla. with the arrival of the New Black Panther Party and neo-Nazis.
Despite reports suggesting otherwise, Pelosi’s footage depicts the Black Panthers’ arrival on the scene in Sanford as a small, irrelevant protest and not a roadblock to “justice” for Trayvon Martin.
Then Pelosi shows the so-called neo-Nazi element of the tragedy’s aftermath that some local media outlets have noted in Sanford. But according to Pelosi’s video clip, those patrols amount to just one single individual.
Pelosi tried to make a case that with all this exaggeration of race wars occurring in Sanford, local businesses in Sanford are hardest hit — one business owner, named Al Sharpton, being at fault for the bad publicity.
“The media is hurting us by instilling fear into our patrons that come every day,” Chris of Hollerbach’s Café in Sanford told Pelosi. “They’re afraid to walk on the streets of Sanford alone now because the media is telling them it is not safe. I think when Al Sharpton got his hands on it, it all blew up. It was just opening Pandora ’s Box. There’s no race war. There’s no cars on fire. It’s just good food and music.”