Sunday, September 21, 2008

Media Caught Fabricating White Racists?

by Barbara Sowell

A quote attributed to Sandra Cichon, a private citizen, is spreading across the internet as a living example of White Racism. Did a reporter put words in this woman’s mouth?

An article in the St. Petersberg Times, quotes Cichon as having said, “I can't imagine having a black president . . .”

In a phone interview Saturday, Sandra Cichon of Spring Hill, Florida denied that she ever spoke with any pollster or reporter concerning Obama or about anything regarding race. Cichon was taken by surprise when phoned by this reporter, and she was not aware that she had been quoted in any newspaper.

The September 15, 2008 article Black ‘issue’ hangs over presidential polls by Adam Smith of the St. Petersburg Times Political states:

A pollster calling Sandra Cichon, a 60-year-old Democrat from Spring Hill, would hear her identify herself as an undecided voter. But is she really?

"I can't imagine having a black president, and I think he's inexperienced," she told a reporter recently, eventually acknowledging she was leaning unenthusiastically toward McCain. "I don't think we (Democrats) have a chance to be in the White House with Obama."

Many analysts wonder how many voters answering polls hide their racial biases or mislead survey-takers about their real preferences.

The article fails to name the pollster who claimed to have called Cichon. When asked during my phone interview, Cichon denied speaking to any pollster on the phone.

Cichon explained that the only time she spoke with a reporter was in August when she went to vote in the county commission races. She said that he (the reporter) seemed nice and she gave him a catalogue for gift baskets.

Cichon is quoted in an August 27, 2008 article in the St. Petersburg Times, Russell, Mitchell, Hackworth win congressional primaries, by Rita Farlow, Stephanie Garry and John Frank, Times Staff Writers.

Many Democratic voters said they were unimpressed with the quality of the candidates.

"I don't know one from the other," said Sandra Cichon of Spring Hill.

Sandra Cichon shows up in another August 27, 2008 St. Petersburg Times article Dismal voter turnout in Hernando by Barbara Behrendt and John Frank. Times staff writer, John Frank, was a reporter on both August 27th articles.

Some Democratic voters said they found the experience largely unsatisfying based on the quality of congressional candidates on their ticket. . . .Sandra Cichon, 60, cast a ballot at Spring Hill United Church of Christ. She left disappointed because she couldn't vote in the hotly contested commission races as a registered Democrat.

"I wouldn't even have come if I knew," she said.

In a phone call to Times Political Editor, Adam Smith, who authored the article in question, Smith said that he had the utmost confidence in the reporter, John Frank. Smith said that Frank was the reporter who actually spoke with Cichon. Smith said it is understandable that Cichon wouldn’t want to admit over the phone to making that statement, but “polls all over are showing that people are not hesitant in stating that they won’t vote for a black person.”

The progressive DoubleTake is the blog for the Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere - Los Angeles. AWARE-LA paraphrases the same September 15, 2008 article Black ‘issue’ hangs over presidential polls, by Adam C. Smith. But notice that something has been added to the Cichon quote.

Later in the article Sandra Cichon, a 60-year-old Democrat from Spring Hill, who originally identified herself to a pollster as an undecided voter, recently told a reporter, “I can’t imagine having a black president, and I think he’s inexperienced.”

Sandra then asked the reporter if she would like a fresh batch of “Obama Waffles.”

Sandra Cichon was asked during my interview today (Saturday) if she had asked the reporter if he would like a fresh batch of “Obama Waffles” ?

Cichon responded, “Why would I ask a reporter about waffles? This is crazy. I never spoke to any reporter about Obama. I’m going right down to the St. Petersburg Times and demand a retraction!

Times Editor, Adam Smith was asked if he had heard that Cichon had offered the reporter “Obama Waffles?” Smith said he was not aware of that quote.

Originally published Saturday, September 20, 2008 in Digital Journal.


  1. Clearly they used someone's name from a prevous story and attributed those statements to her in order push their agenda.

  2. This woman should sue the St. Petersberg Times for this story.

    Even if she DID say what they claim she said, NO ONE should be quoted by name when they opine on such a hot-button issue!

    And I have every reason to suspect that the quote was made up and her name pulled from some prior story as stated by others, possibly hoping she wouldn't notice. No one in their right mind would say such a thing to a pollster who has the person's name and address.

  3. It's a good thing they didn't call me, I'd have said something similar to “I can't imagine having a black president . . .”, but only one word different.

    Yeah.. Well, I can be very tacky on occasion...

  4. Very true Fred, but it wouldn't be in reference to his skin color.

  5. Every day it's another batch of lies or vile slander from the Obama camp. Yet the media tries to turn it around and make it the GOP that lies.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth

  6. I hope this woman takes action. Newspapers are as vile as the extremist blogs, but in a devious way. They end up on everyone's door step and massage and distort the facts until the average citizen, reading and having a cup of morning coffee, just thinks it's the truth.

    At least you have to log-on to read a blog.


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  8. I used to work for the St. Pete Times in the 1970's. We called it "Poynter's Pinko Press". They were famous for putting biased left wing op-ed pieces on the front page, disguised as news stories, and fabricating long multi-part stores slandering conservatives.

    Truth was never their strong suite.

    I see they're still at it.

  9. Trader Rick
    What you shared about the St. Pete Times is very, very interesting.

  10. And Findalis is the ONLY one that caught on to my ISLAMIC thought... :)

    Color has absolutely nothing to do with it, deep rooted political or religious ideologies have EVERYTHING to do with it...

  11. I am so sick of the race baiters hun..Obama is the king of them!