An African-American camerawoman who was attending the Republican National Convention for CNN was assaulted yesterday by a man who threw peanuts at her and yelled loudly, "This is how we feed animals". He was promptly escorted out.
Journalist David Shuster was the first to announce the news that something had gone down by posting it on Twitter. He has since updated his feed with confirmations from CNN that an incident did occur and that one other person was eventually ejected from the convention.
"CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment," the network's statement read.
Confirmation from CNN/RNC on something I couldn't nail down lastn ight. 2 people, not one, ejected for racist taunts. http://t.co/L9aAf48N
RNC calls incident "deplorable," now confirms 2 people ejected last night for racist taunts of black CNN camera op. http://t.co/L9aAf48N
While CNN's statement on the matter was decidedly vague, officials at the convention also released a statement which said, in no uncertain terms, that they would not put up with such behavior.
“Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
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