(CNSNews.com) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy made his offensive remarks about blacks and slavery on Saturday, but it took four days for his remarks to finally appear in the New York Times.
According to the April 24 New York Times article, Bundy promised to continue holding a daily news conference, even after his standoff with federal agents ended: "[O]n Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race."
The newspaper, describing Bundy as "a father of 14 and a registered Republican," then quoted the offensive things the rancher said on Saturday, as captured on videotape by a blogger.
Notably, the article includes these two sentences:
Mr. Bundy’s standoff with federal rangers — propelled into the national spotlight in part by steady coverage by Fox News — has highlighted sharp divisions over the power of the federal government and the rights of landowners...
His cause has won support from Senator Rand Paul, the libertarian Republican from Kentucky who is likely to run for president. Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, referred to Mr. Bundy’s supporters as “patriots.” Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who is the Senate majority leader and has a long history of pushing for protection of public lands, denounced the rancher’s supporters as “domestic terrorists.”
Both Paul and Heller have now condemned Bundy's comments. But Paul's spokesman was caught unawares when the New York Times contacted him.
"A spokesman for Mr. Paul, informed of Mr. Bundy’s remarks, said the senator was not available for immediate comment." That's all the New York Times said at the time of publication, four days after Bundy made the offensive comments that surely would come back to haunt the people who were supporting his cause.
(For the record, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told a Nevada television station on April 18 that the people who supported Bundy were "domestic violent wannabe terrorists." Reid said he wasn't calling the Bundys domestic terrorists: "I said the people that came there were...And I said, if these people think they're patriots, they're not...If they're patriots, we're in trouble." On Thursday, Reid said Bundy had "revealed himself to be a hateful racist.")