Frank Taaffe, who has been an outspoken defender of George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn in the media, told HLN's Nancy Grace that racist comments attributed to him were “not true” and were a result of his Twitter account being “hacked.” But previously, Taaffe justified the comments and audio evidence of those comments are available online.
On the February 14 edition of HLN's Nancy Grace, host Nancy Grace asked Taaffe to explain his comment that “the only time a black life is validated is when a white person kills them.” Taaffe said it was “not true” that he had made the comment and claimed he had a “pending lawsuit” against Mother Jones magazine, which first publicized them.
Mother Jones told Media Matters that it has not received any documentation or correspondence from Taaffe that would indicate that a lawsuit was underway.
When Mother Jones originally confronted Taaffe with his comments, he did not deny them. He told the magazine, “I have freedom to opine on current social issues, and I'm not going to be restricted,” and added, “I'm merely echoing the suppressed voices in this country that have been beleaguered by affirmative action and crimes committed by that particular group of people.”
Grace asked him about another comment he made: “That minority group, they don`t do anything productive for this country except for the NBA. And if it wasn't for the NBA, Joe, like I always say, our country would have the world`s tallest garbage men, OK? Thank God for the NBA.”
In response, Taaffe shook his head and said, “That`s not my Twitter account. That`s some time from years back. Someone hacked into my account.”
But in an appearance on the white supremacist internet radio show Standing Our Ground (which he co-hosted), Taaffe can clearly be heard making the statement that Grace presented.
On another episode of the program, Taaffe referred to talk show host Oprah Winfrey as a “nigger” who “keeps trying to promote her boy Obama.”
Taaffe has often appeared in the media to defend Zimmerman, and continued to be booked as a guest on cable news even after his racist commentary first became public.
A representative from CNN emphasized to the Southern Poverty Law Center that since Grace confronted him with his statements, he has not appeared on her program and that she was not previously aware of them.