Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

Articles by Catherine

As the streets of Baltimore quieted down Tuesday after a night of widespread looting and violence, the conservative blogosphere heated up with chatter that Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after sustaining a severe spinal injury in police custody, may have actually injured himself before his arrest.

A rumor that Gray had a pre-existing spinal injury from a car accident appears to have originated Tuesday with a blog post on the conservative website and then spread to other conservative sites like the Free Republic.

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Conservative pundits and bloggers searched frantically on Tuesday for any one person (or problem) on which to pin the blame for the chaos and violence this week in Baltimore.

As Fox News host Shepard Smith chided his colleagues Monday afternoon, it's useless to point fingers while the situation on the ground is still unfolding. That didn't stop some from trying to find fault with Baltimore's mayor, President Obama, or the parents of the city's disadvantaged youth.

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