Breitbart pushes New Black Panther photobombing of Obama

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Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart is at it again, continuing a years-long effort to falsely tie President Obama to the New Black Panther Party, favorite big black bogeyman of the conservative media. The big story this time is that New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz photobombed then-Sen. Barack Obama at a commemorative march in Selma, Alabama, in 2007, and that the two “shar(ed) the same podium” at the event. Let’s count the lies and distortions together. (For the uninitiated, the Urban Dictionary defines “photobomb” as (verb)- to drop in a photo unexpectedly…to hop in a picture right before it is taken.)

For those who live in the real world, here’s a quick recap of the right’s long history of trying to scare white people by implying some sort of relationship between the New Black Panther Party and Barack Obama. During the 2008 campaign, reports surfaced that the Obama campaign had posted an endorsement of the candidate, by the NBPP, on its website. But what really happened was that an NBPP member posted a blog in a user-controlled forum (kinda like our comments section), and it was later removed.

In the waning hours of that campaign, the McCain campaign also pushed a story about two NBPP members outside a Philadelphia polling place, who were chased away by police because one of them was holding a nightstick. The group’s leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz, told me the following day that those two members defied his explicit instructions in bringing a weapon to a polling place. He was authentically angry about it, but mainly because of the heat it would bring down on his organization.

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