Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera), still students at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, are New Left Media. They were at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally. Say they:
The participants spoke abstractly about the need to restore “honor” and “pride” to a country that had lost it. When pressed for when our country had lost its honor, most cited the election of Barack Obama. … While the speaker list was diverse, the overwhelmingly white crowd expressed paranoid and conspiratorial fears of multiculturalism—that atheists or black liberation theologists or radical Muslims or “free-loading” Latinos were going to ruin our country. There was the constant suggestion that white Christians and their way of life are somehow under assault, and that the attendees of this rally were here to put an end to it and return the country to what it used to be.
The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas calls their methods — they “tell attendees at Tea Party and other conservative rallies that they are student journalists working on a school project…and that’s usually as far as it goes” — a Trojan trick to get interviews:
Wright State sounds similar to Right State, and two women they interviewed at Beck’s rally Saturday told TheDC that they thought Whiteside and Stoll worked for RightState.com, a non-existent, but conservative-sounding political website — which many rally-goers could have confused with the conservative website RedState.com.
Whiteside tells the DC theirs is a college thesis project, “we’re going around covering media narratives that are manifest in the public and the voting public. We’re interested in seeing which things are reported on Fox News and which things are reported on other networks, like, for instance, the mosque controversy.”
LATER: Slate V got candid interviews, too. No word from the Daily Caller on how they got them. Golly. Could it be that rally participants were glad, eager even, to be interviewed?