The Curious Lies of Jonathan Capehart

The Curious Lies of Jonathan Capehart

NATIONAL (VFB) – Yesterday, we helped clear the air about Bernie Sanders’ role in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Thanks to confirmation from famed American photographer Danny Lyon, who took iconic photos and provided a description of their time and place, we now know for sure that Bernie was a protest leader against the then-racially discriminatory policies at the University of Chicago.

Bernie Sanders (standing), then a college student at the University of Chicago, leads his classmates in a sit-in to protest segregated housing for black students. (Danny Lyon/Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)


Perhaps not surprisingly, Bernie’s Civil Rights activism has proven more than some Clinton supporters can bear.

Most recently, Post writer Jonathan Capehart, who wasn’t even alive in 1962, jumped on the “Bernie-Wasn’t-There” narrative and ran with it.  So much so that for the last 48 hours, Capehart has been on a media blitz across all platforms, energetically slamming Sanders for what he called “misleading” voters with the one black and white picture.

Rather obsessively, Capehart has spent most of the last 48 hours focused on nothing but the single photograph, without consulting the photographer no less.

Capehart, whose significant other worked for Hillary Clinton, first wrote a smear article about Sanders, which he then tweeted at least THIRTY-ONE times.

(Other 30 Tweets Below)
Capehart then made the rounds on cable TV, doing his best to discredit his candidate’s opponent.


“This picture right here, that they’re sending around,
Trying to say he’s been in the trenches, fighting for us, fighting for Civil Rights?!
That’s not Bernie Sanders.
That is Bruce Rappaport.”

What is perhaps most disingenuous and pathetic about Capehart’s blathering is the fact that HE WROTE THE EXACT OPPOSITE in his smear piece.

Sanders’s involvement in the civil rights movement and his commitment to equal justice are not in question.”


Capehart continued, “Another old picture that appears in campaign literature and video of student-activist Sanders with the university president is not in question. That most definitely is him.”

Ok, let me get this straight..  If I follow his asinine logic correctly, according to Capehart, one photo taken by Danny Lyon IS Bernie Sanders, but the other one IS NOT, so therefore he is misleading voters?


By the end of the day, Capehart had gotten enough pushback that he finally decided it might be a good idea to interview the photographer, Danny Lyon, after all.

From his own chronological series of events, it appears that Capehart writes first, then gathers facts and does interviews second.

As he is quick to point out, Capehart is an OPINION writer, which apparently absolves him of his journalistic duties of researching facts.

It is safe to say that Capehart accomplished his mission of moving the spotlight AWAY FROM HILLARY’S WALL STREET DONATIONS and SPEECHES to a more trivial issue that might influence African-Americans voters ahead of the South Carolina primary.

So now that we’ve cleared the air, back to things that actually matter:

SIGN AND SHARE THE CHANGE.ORG PETITION: HILLARY CLINTON: Release the Transcripts of Your Paid Speeches to Wall Street Banks

***Thanks to our original story and others, the University of Chicago has changed the caption of their online archive back to the original: Bernie Sanders speaks on the first day of the Committee on Racial Equality’s sit-in at the office of University.

***Also, TIME magazine has issued a correction at the bottom of its original story.

***At the time of publishing, JONATHAN CAPEHART is the only remaining mainstream reporter WHO HAS YET to issue a correction or retraction.

Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, college professor, and candidate for State’s Attorney in Morgan County Illinois. He serves as the National Director of Vets for Bernie. Follow him on Twitter @mankerlaw.


  1. Gloria Glunn says:

    Capehart is a sad little man. I would have thought bernie’sanders strong & early support of gay rights might have helped him see the light. As to bernie’sanders continued support of civil rights, he was one of the very few elected officials who endorsed Jesse Jackson’s presidential bid in 1988. Hope Capehart does the right thing by at least a retraction of his false claim.

  2. Ron says:

    Capehart’s partner worked (works?) for HRC and he’s never disclosed that conflict of interest.

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