CNN Camerawoman Says RNC Peanut-Throw Just as Likely at DNC

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 30 2012 5:54 PM

CNN Camerawoman Thinks Peanut Incident Could Have Just as Easily Happened at DNC

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Delegates crowd the floor at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012

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"I hate that it happened, but I'm not surprised at all."

That's what Patricia Carroll, the black CNN camerwoman who had peanuts thrown at her at the RNC on Tuesday, had to say about the incident in her first public comments on the matter, during which she made it clear she thought the same thing could have just as easily happened at the Democratic National Convention.

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The 34-year-old journalist was speaking to Richard Prince, who runs the Journal-isms blog for the Maynard Institute, in what she said would be her only interview on the subject.

More from Journal-isms:

"Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, 'This is what we feed animals.' She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates."

Carroll explained that the reason she wasn't surprised by the incident had nothing to do with the fact it happened on the floor of the GOP convention. "This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner," she said in the telephone interview. "Racism is a global issue."

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. Follow him on Twitter.