Racist meme posted by hacker on Facebook, Delta Republicans say

This meme appeared to be shared on the personal Facebook page of the chairwoman of the Delta County Republican Party.

An overtly racist Internet meme — comparing President Barack Obama to 1950s movie chimpanzee Bonzo — that appeared to be shared on the personal Facebook page of the chairwoman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee was the result of hacking, committee members said last week.

The photo, allegedly posted to the Facebook timeline for committee chairwoman Linda Sorenson, shows former President Ronald Reagan bottle-feeding the chimp in a movie still. The accompanying text says, “I’ll be damned … Reagan used to babysit Obama.”

“This whole thing is a hoax. Someone got into the Facebook somehow,” said Vic Ullrey, vice chairman of the committee. “It was hacked and somebody got into it, definitely.”

When asked why Sorenson was the specific target of the alleged hacking — possibly a federal crime, if true — Ullrey said, “I have no idea,” later adding, “Just to damage the Republican Party, no doubt. … Just to make us look bad,”

Sue Whittlesey, DCRCC treasurer, said, “That whole thing is bogus. Somebody hacked Linda Sorenson’s Facebook page, and posted that out there.”

“We believe it has something to do with (conservative-media watchdog) Media Matters. They’ve been harassing her the last few weeks,” Whittlesey said.

Sorenson herself, though, told a different story to Jason Salzman, who broke the story of the shared meme on his blog, Bigmedia.org, last week.

Sorenson told Salzman in a brief phone call that the post was a joke, and, “I really don’t care if people are offended by it.”

Sorenson didn’t return a call seeking to explain the discrepancy.

A post to Sorenson’s Twitter feed earlier in the week took a decidedly less aggressive racial tone: “@meetthepress stop the racist comments black vs. white. We’re Americans.”

When asked directly if Sorenson is a racist, Ullrey said, “Absolutely not.” When asked if he’s ever heard Sorenson say anything racist, he said, “Never.”

Ullrey said that Sorenson has been the chairwoman of the central committee for about four years. The organization is a collection of two members from each county precinct, and is mainly tasked with coordinating the activities of the Delta County Republican Party in advance of general elections.


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CO GOP sounds like hillary and her emails. Since every time they get caught accomplishing some dastardly deed they blame someone else. Maybe their IT dept needs overhaul. Or maybe they are just liars exactly like hillary. Pffft.

I thought western Republicans were all abut personal responsibility.  Last week Sorenson proudly claimed the work as her own, now it’s time to lie and point fingers elsewhere. Shameful display from Delta County GOP.

What a wonderfully clever piece of “gotcha” so-called “journalism” by the political correctness police at the Daily Sentinel who obviously don’t “get” the immensity of the disconnect between normal folks and the political class.
Personally, I tend toward not putting pictures like the one in question on my Facebook (FB) page precisely because I realize that the Internet is forever and there are always lurking wannabe-clever political correctness trolls who – in an effort to advance their pet political agendas—try to make a “hater”-“racist”-“bigot”-“misogynist”-“homophobe” mountain out of every little political molehill.
The same 1st Amendment the Sentinel relies on cuts both ways. The Sentinel has the free-speech right to try to destroy people with political correctness, just as I have the free-speech right to say that political-correctness Nazis have destroyed the American culture with the wannabe cutesy and oh-so-wrong/evil slurs of “hater”, “racist”, “bigot”, “misogynist”, “homophobe”.
Some people would call the FB post in question humor, hyperbole or just plain old-fashioned frustration. I don’t care what you call it, in my opinion, it doesn’t warrant front page coverage by everybody’s favorite local prog/lib propaganda rag. The professional syndicated political cartoonists come up with much worse every day.
Actually, I’d probably be OK with a death penalty for political correctness and all its promoters and practitioners. In lieu of that, I’ll just post a link to comedian Dennis Miller’s brilliant rant against political correctness at http://bit.ly/1Mc5CTo and refer interested persons to the Psychology Today article titled, “Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists”: “The next time you encounter a troll online, remember: 1) These trolls are some truly difficult people. 2) It is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them.”
I concur 100% with Miller’s statement, “I’ve had it up to here with this PC sh*t”.
To the cutesy political correctness police at the Sentinel I would say: grow up, get a life, gain a modicum of affection for the U.S. Constitution, lose the stupid-human political correctness promos, and get on with printing real “news”.
Any wannabe-clever jerk/s who want to troll my FB page and call me or my friends “hater”, “racist”, “bigot”, “misogynist”, “homophobe” should expect the tit-for-tat they will most likely receive.

Holding someone accountable for their words in no way abridges their right to free speech. Lying is lying and done to dodge being an adult and owning one’s actions is a cowardly and disappointing act from a so-called leader.

VERY well said John Wilkenson!!!

This article does not say the, “so called leader” lied.  Where do you get that, Mr. Kolbenschlag?

Nice to see you again, Joyce.  Were you as disgusted as I was to see this article posted on the front page for Memorial Day?

As is reported in other outlets, Sorenson acknowledged this meme as her own work not that of a hacker. The other party official clearly lied, or was lied to and repeated it. False reporting of a crime is also not a great example to be setting as a public official.

Maybe the guy just reflexively defended Sorenson without talking to her.  Do you actually know?

Oh, please. Anyone who’s lived here a couple of decades knows bigotry and racism aren’t just hallmarks of a large sector of the local citizenry, but are practically institutionalized on the western slope. Have you forgotten Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce President Diane Schwenke’s anti-atheist facebook post, which she branded “too good not to share”? Let’s share it again:

Or this “Obama is a Muslim and a Tyrant” hate truck running around town? http://annelandmanblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Truck.jpg

Or the parade of racism, intolerance and misogyny displayed by some Grand Junction business owners?

Poor little you, Ms. Landman.  It must be so horrible for you to live over here among us.  I’m sure you could find someplace to go where you would be happy.

Roberta Kneisel, you exemplify my point about racism and bigotry being endemic to the local citizenry by attempting to justify the racist comment featured in the article.

Baloney, Ms Landman, I did not and do not justify that stupid Fakebook post.  I merely pointed out the man who defended her probably did so without knowing what happened.
I was offended that article appeared front page on MEMORIAL DAY.

Roberta Kneisel, good luck trying to cover up your intentions. Once again, you reinforce my point. We should be outraged that open displays of racism and bigotry occur on the western slope AT ALL, not just because information about it appears on Memorial Day.

Keep on a twistin’ sister.  You are just looking for someone to scream at. 
Where did I say I agreed with the Fakebook post?  I knew immediately we’d be subjected to bawling and whining about it for the next God only know how many years.

Yes, Roberta, I was disgusted but not surprised to see that kind of journalism on the front page of our liberal Daily Sentinel. It kind of reminds me of those news ‘rags’ you see at the checkout counter of the grocery stores.  (:  News media does not report news anymore they stir up dissension.  The liberals keep attempting to force people into thinking their way and if we don’t oblige them we are bigots, racists and whatever other PC phrase they can think of.

You are right, Joyce.  If they manage to elect Hillary we’ll be sexist too—-

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