BuzzFeed breathlessly covers Ole Miss ‘riot’ over Obama win; Students, local media debunk

Rumors of post-election “riots” on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi, spread quickly overnight and are still making the rounds this morning.

Race riots in Mississippi? Yikes.

Actually, false, according to multiple reporters and eyewitnesses.

But that didn’t stop the BuzzFeed lapdogs from pushing out an early morning post titled “University Of Mississippi Students Riot Over Obama Victory.

BuzzFeed gleefully “reported” the supposed riot over “President Barack Obama’s re-election” and tossed in this sneering line at the end:

Ironically, prior to Tuesday night conservative bloggers had warned of plots by black youth to riot if Obama lost the election, a charge that police dismissed.

But as  several media outlets noted, there was no riot. And there were reportedly no injuries or arrests during the student protest. (Editor’s note: The report linked in the previous sentence has been updated to reflect two arrests: one “one for public intoxication and one for failure to comply with police orders.”)

A number of people on the scene also challenged the idea that violent “riots” had broken out at Ole Miss.

Margaret Ann Morgan, whose Twitter bio describes her as a University of Mississippi journalism student, initially characterized the protests as “riots” and tweeted about violence and racial slurs on campus.

She later retracted her tweets and apologized.

An image bouncing around Twitter purports to show a University of Mississippi student burning an Obama campaign sign. One despicable Twitter user whose account contains racial epithets claims he appears in the photo.

Twitchy was unable to find a news organization that had verified the photograph was taken on campus. WMCTV (a station that also called the protest a “riot”) was told by an onlooker that a sign was briefly lit on fire, but there was no riot.

“I was there the whole time. No rocks were thrown. There was 1 sign lit on fire. For about 45 seconds,” Carr said. “Mostly, it was 100s of college kids who heard the word riot and ran to take pictures and see what it was about. Again, no rocks or missiles thrown.”

Here’s video of the protest.

Odd how those who immediately cry “riot” despite eyewitness accounts to the contrary are the same sort of media whitewashers who won’t call Occupy bomb plots “terrorism” and refuse to acknowledge the wave of criminality at OWS camps.

If these reporters and eyewitnesses are correct, it’s time to update your post and apologize to the Ole Miss community, BuzzFeed.

Note: This post has been updated to reflect new information in one of the linked reports.

  • jkdvsass

    MSM must go. Should be priority one before next election. Any suggestions?

    • my preciousss!!

      agree. but how? they’re not elected. ) :

      • http://IKnowBO.com/ Slam1263

        Cancel subscriptions, if you have any. Writing letters to sponsors is actually a great idea, they do listen to people if it hits their bottom line.
        Being vocal is a right, exercise it.

        • my preciousss!!

          thanks

        • http://twitter.com/jbard66 Jason

          Here’s a thought: leave the country. Please. Exit. You’re in a brand new world and you’ll find your fantasy nightmares everywhere. Go to Canada and see nationalized health care. Europe — you’ll hate it. New Zealand is nice… oh, wait — socialist, basically.

          Your world is getting smaller and a lot more colorful. And it will get more and more so as you work on your will.

          You people handed us this past election with your hate and bile and spew of “slut” and “birth certificate” and “Kenyan.” You people love that, because you are that unique breed of “CHristians” who hate as a way of life. But here’s the news: the country doesn’t like you. You lost an election with 8% unemployment.

          Write the MSM all you want — the reason you lost the election can be found in every one of these hateful, ignorant comments. You are the reason you lost.

          Y. O. U.

          • http://IKnowBO.com/ Slam1263

            Wow, you think that I am white, and a christian.

            Sorry, hater, wrong on both counts.

        • http://twitter.com/jbard66 Jason

          Here’s a thought: leave the country. Please. Exit. You’re in a brand new world and you’ll find your fantasy nightmares everywhere. Go to Canada and see nationalized health care. Europe — you’ll hate it. New Zealand is nice… oh, wait — socialist, basically.

          Your world is getting smaller and a lot more colorful. And it will get more and more so as you work on your will.

          You people handed us this past election with your hate and bile and spew of “slut” and “birth certificate” and “Kenyan.” You people love that, because you are that unique breed of “CHristians” who hate as a way of life. But here’s the news: the country doesn’t like you. You lost an election with 8% unemployment.

          Write the MSM all you want — the reason you lost the election can be found in every one of these hateful, ignorant comments. You are the reason you lost.

          Y. O. U.

      • http://IKnowBO.com/ Slam1263

        Cancel subscriptions, if you have any. Writing letters to sponsors is actually a great idea, they do listen to people if it hits their bottom line.
        Being vocal is a right, exercise it.

    • Burt Zerker

      Stop watching them, email the MSM and email their sponsors whose revenue makes the media’s treachery and propaganda possible.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Suits for journalistic malpractice.

      • Burt Zerker

        Gary, a case could be made for collusion to subvert the free election process. Get the media heads and news directors under oath, and watch them sweat.

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      find out who is advertising on those channels then start boycotting those companies. Been boycotting several actors and actresses that I’ve found to be overly liberal and offensive for years. I’m just one person…..so anyone want to join me in this, I think it might wake some of these people up if it starts hurting their pocket book…..

    • $21367552

      Well could start by trying to repeal the 1st amendment. Good luck with that.

      • Michael Rice

        DOn’t worry O will take care of that. Well, at least when ti comes ot conservatives.

        • http://twitter.com/jbard66 Jason

          Hey — got that oh-so-appealing paranoia working for ya.

          Thanks, again, for handing the election to the Dem’s. Are you aware that their ground game is fueled by commenters like you?

          If I had a nickel for every time I cut and pasted “Illegal” on the… oh, wait…. it isn’t a nicel — it’s a vote!

          Thanks for all the hateful rhetoric. Thank you Rush. Thank you Karl. Thank you Michelle. You guys rock. We could NEVER have PICKED UP senate seats without you. Never.

          You are on the wrong side of history, folks. But every day you spend spewing your hate and churning each other’s ignorance is another day we win.

          You do not understand politics. Or the electorate. Or any culture outside of your small, limited world.

          Your world has changed. You are being left behind. Literally.

        • http://twitter.com/jbard66 Jason

          Hey — got that oh-so-appealing paranoia working for ya.

          Thanks, again, for handing the election to the Dem’s. Are you aware that their ground game is fueled by commenters like you?

          If I had a nickel for every time I cut and pasted “Illegal” on the… oh, wait…. it isn’t a nicel — it’s a vote!

          Thanks for all the hateful rhetoric. Thank you Rush. Thank you Karl. Thank you Michelle. You guys rock. We could NEVER have PICKED UP senate seats without you. Never.

          You are on the wrong side of history, folks. But every day you spend spewing your hate and churning each other’s ignorance is another day we win.

          You do not understand politics. Or the electorate. Or any culture outside of your small, limited world.

          Your world has changed. You are being left behind. Literally.

    • $21367552

      Well could start by trying to repeal the 1st amendment. Good luck with that.

    • http://IKnowBO.com/ Slam1263

      That’s the power of the internet.
      How many people here watch news on the tube anymore?
      I get more knowledgable news from Europe than I do from our own local or national outlets.
      I’m just trying to put it into context.

    • http://IKnowBO.com/ Slam1263

      That’s the power of the internet.
      How many people here watch news on the tube anymore?
      I get more knowledgable news from Europe than I do from our own local or national outlets.
      I’m just trying to put it into context.

    • https://twitter.com/dsjj251 Derrick Syl.James Jr

      you realize the site you are on is the MSM right ?

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Actually, this is a blog, not the MSM. Sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/lola_lotion Alicia Hake

    funny… because if the election went the other way the MSM would have covered all of the obama supporters rioting as “massive protests lead to neighborhoods mysteriously going up in flames”

    • Silenttype78

      You are so right!

    • Awsome

      What world do you live in? Oh, I remember — the world you made up with the Rovers on FOX. You know, it was Obama that created the hurricane. True! (I can see you actually buying that, too)

      • http://twitter.com/lola_lotion Alicia Hake

        I live in the real world. And duh, we all know that it was Putin, not obama who created the hurricane… HE is the one with the evil weather machine. He found it in Hitler’s bunker. everybody knows that, silly goose.

  • TwitWit

    4Years of “Revenge” and “payback” for being white or “an uncle Tom”. This is going to be the retribution era.

  • Kimberly Schutzenhofer

    This is your flexibility after the election folks —– protesting is not allowed and will now be considered rioting. No fear of having to be reelected — watch what executive orders get signed and bypass our checks and balances system of an elected Congress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Robert.McAuliffe Robert McAuliffe

    This happened right outside my dorm – the people insisting it be called a “protest” are just white people trying to play down the scandal of hundreds of drunken students yelling racial slurs on the street. If it were black people out there, it’d be labeled a “riot” without question. It was totally reprehensible and ought not to be played down.

    • Michael Rice

      You’re stupid. There were balc people there..

      • Michael Rice

        Black

      • http://www.facebook.com/Robert.McAuliffe Robert McAuliffe

        Like one or two, observing. Did you honestly think there were black people rioting against Obama’s election…

    • Michael Rice

      Played down? Do you mean like Libya? Maybe, they were spurred into action by a video..

  • https://twitter.com/dsjj251 Derrick Syl.James Jr

    4 videos on youtube showing people throwing rocks and calling people every racial slur in the book and your title reads “debunked” ?????

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    That guy burned the ONLY Obama/Biden yard sign in existence! I mean, everyone I’ve talked to hasn’t seen any, anywhere!

  • MarcoAurelius

    I cancelled my Comcast service and told them I would come back when they restored objectivity to NBC.

  • Michael Rice

    Where was all teh mainstream coverage of the liberals, mostly black, on Twitter threatening to burn teh White House, kill the ROmeny family and rape his daughter, had he been elected?

  • Melinda Lawson Pollard

    Such a joke, nothing even happened, someone made up this entire thing! So silly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Robert.McAuliffe Robert McAuliffe

      Except hundreds of people, including myself, witnessed it…

  • auntgiddy

    Lets be clear…this was NOT a riot. This was trash talking back and forth between supporters of Obama and supporters of Romney. Then a journalism student (what do they teach them now in journalism school???) tweets “riot” and PRESTO 400 kids turn
    out to see it. Sorta like yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre. When the kids went back to their dorms a bunch of Obama supporters continued on to a dorm where there were Romney supporters, lobed some firecrackers and continued to get in each others faces (ummm… didn’t our Prez tell us to get into each others faces…). No punches, no injuries, no property damage. The police were there and arrested two students (white cops, white students who were in front of their dorm watching events unfold) because they didn’t “disperse” quick enough. (Memo: don’t dawdle when a MS cop say’s MOVE!) The kids arrested have a very good case against the police and University. If this were NY and the OWS (or black students arrested) they’d have 1000 ACLU lawyers fanned out all over northern MS suing anything that moved.

    It’s sad for Ole Miss. The school has made huge strides over the past 20 years. All groups should want to see that continue. Racial slurs are not acceptable from any quarter – but they pale in comparison to some of the vitriol I’ve seen on sites and threads all over the internet. This is not good for anyone at Ole Miss — regardless of race or party affiliation.

  • auntgiddy

    Lets be clear…this was NOT a riot. This was trash talking back and forth between supporters of Obama and supporters of Romney. Then a journalism student (what do they teach them now in journalism school???) tweets “riot” and PRESTO 400 kids turn
    out to see it. Sorta like yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre. When the kids went back to their dorms a bunch of Obama supporters continued on to a dorm where there were Romney supporters, lobed some firecrackers and continued to get in each others faces (ummm… didn’t our Prez tell us to get into each others faces…). No punches, no injuries, no property damage. The police were there and arrested two students (white cops, white students who were in front of their dorm watching events unfold) because they didn’t “disperse” quick enough. (Memo: don’t dawdle when a MS cop say’s MOVE!) The kids arrested have a very good case against the police and University. If this were NY and the OWS (or black students arrested) they’d have 1000 ACLU lawyers fanned out all over northern MS suing anything that moved.

    It’s sad for Ole Miss. The school has made huge strides over the past 20 years. All groups should want to see that continue. Racial slurs are not acceptable from any quarter – but they pale in comparison to some of the vitriol I’ve seen on sites and threads all over the internet. This is not good for anyone at Ole Miss — regardless of race or party affiliation.

  • auntgiddy

    This was not a riot. There were Obama supporters throwing firecrackers and getting in the faces of some Romney supporters (isn’t that what our Prez told us to do???). No punches, no injuries, no property damage. Two kids were arrested outside their dorm for not “dispersing” fast enough for Mississippi’s finest. (Memo to self: don’t dawdle when a MS cop says MOVE!) The kids arrested probably have a very good case against the police and University. If this were OWS protestors they’d be 1000 ACLU lawyers fanning out all over MS suing anything that moved. This is sad for Ole Miss. School has made huge strides over past 20 years. All students should want that to continue.
    While racial slurs are never acceptable — some of the vitirol on websites is equally awful.

    • http://twitter.com/jbard66 Jason

      Keep fanning those flames of right wing frustration. You people have about as much political intelligence as a dead skunk.

      Thanks for all you did to turn away latinos, women, gays, blacks, teachers, muslims, seniors… etc. We couldn’t have won without you. Please keep up your screeching.

      • auntgiddy

        Leave it to libs to discribe truth as screeching… Snookums, in the next 4 years we’ll all be “frustrated”. On that you may rely.

    • http://twitter.com/jbard66 Jason

      Keep fanning those flames of right wing frustration. You people have about as much political intelligence as a dead skunk.

      Thanks for all you did to turn away latinos, women, gays, blacks, teachers, muslims, seniors… etc. We couldn’t have won without you. Please keep up your screeching.

  • auntgiddy

    This was not a riot. There were Obama supporters throwing firecrackers and getting in the faces of some Romney supporters (isn’t that what our Prez told us to do???). No punches, no injuries, no property damage. Two kids were arrested outside their dorm for not “dispersing” fast enough for Mississippi’s finest. (Memo to self: don’t dawdle when a MS cop says MOVE!) The kids arrested probably have a very good case against the police and University. If this were OWS protestors they’d be 1000 ACLU lawyers fanning out all over MS suing anything that moved. This is sad for Ole Miss. School has made huge strides over past 20 years. All students should want that to continue.
    While racial slurs are never acceptable — some of the vitirol on websites is equally awful.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Even protests, as opposed to ‘riots’, would be frowned upon by Ole Miss Alum Shepard Smith…but I’m with the protesters,pi$$ed that he stole another election. KING OBAMA IS A FINK! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    Still racist slurs thrown. And here are some more for you to get indignant about. Oh wait. You only get indignant when someone insults a washed up star from a moving 20 years ago.

    http://jezebel.com/5958490/twitter-racists-react-to-that-nigger-getting-reelected/gallery/1

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos lie, truth dies.