Meet Scott Prouty: Five Things We Learned About the "47 Percent" Cameraman
3. Prouty's Story Differs From James Carters'
Last November, we wrote 1,500 news piece on the 47-percent video, puzzling together just how this whole thing happened. We interviewed Prouty via e-mail -- though we didn't know his identity -- as well as James Carter, who'd linked Prouty to Mother Jones Political Editor David Corn.
James Carter told New Times he'd contacted Prouty after discovering one of Prouty's early videos.
But last night, Prouty told MSNBC's viewers that he was the first one to say he wanted to take the video nationally.
2. Prouty almost didn't release the video
It was early in the morning, nine months ago when Prouty said he'd decided to spread the video. He was stumbling around the darkness of his South Florida house, peering out the window, before heading for the bathroom.
He looked into the mirror. "I thought, 'You're a coward,' " he told Schultz. " 'You're an absolute coward.' So I thought, 'That's not going to work.' I turned a corner. I felt good about it and I never looked back."
1. Prouty is not a teenaged Chinese girl.
Prouty -- blond, blue-eyed, and thick-necked -- is most definitely not a Chinese girl.
For months, Prouty has dispatched tweet after tweet, YouTube video after video, all under the social media name of Anne Onymous. It showed a picture of a Chinese girl with some scribbling in the background.
For reasons that still aren't explained, Prouty is passionate about the factory girls of China. This was the reason Prouty initially decided to send out the 47-percent video -- not to display displeasure over the inequities coursing through our nation.
The link Prouty has to this issue is still unclear.
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