So I asked the question in my previous Tea Party post,
“I wonder how these tea parties will be covered in the news?”
Well, lets take a look…
Ace poses some fitting questions: “Is she there as a representative of CNN or of the Obama Administration? And is there a meaningful distinction between the two?” And then he quips, “Yeah, I can’t wait ’till a Foxie reports on a pro-choice rally and begins asking the women if they’re easy.”
“I know for a fact that when 50 or so professional leftist protesters congregate to protest, say, the Asian Dawn (“I read about them in Time Magazine”), the MSM covers the story, often prominently. CNN’s top headlines never fail to include some small potatoes lefty protest. And yet when millions of amateur protesters get together, the MSM deems it unworthy of mention.
“Now the Tea Party movement represents millions of people who’ve never protested before, or who have rarely protested. And these rallies are huge — 5000. 10,000. 15,000 strong. Not the 50 or so clump-bearded old hippies repurposing their Giant Paper Machier Dick Cheney Puppets as Giant Paper Machier Rush Limbaugh Puppets to agitate for “localism” on the radio.
“And yet the media steadfastly refuses to cover the rallies. The left’s rallies are “dog bites man” stories, the expected, the mundane, the frankly unimportant. The Tea Party rallies are “man bites dog,” the unexpected, the novel, the… newsworthy.
“And yet the blackout continues.”
Even the liberal Howard Kurtz has acknowledged this:
“Most of the mainstream media fell down on the job, ignoring the growing movement or mocking it as a bunch of wingnuts.
“The New York Times has run zero stories (the only mention was Times columnist Paul Krugman taking a brief swipe at the parties.) The Washington Post has done zip until today, with a story on two planned D.C. parties on Page B-4. The Chicago Tribune ran a 300-word story and an item on postal workers mistaking tea for a hazardous substance. The Los Angeles Times did a 500-word piece on a small protest in Hermosa Beach and has a media piece today. The Boston Globe, published in the city famed for the original tea party: nothing. CNN ran its first news story on the protests Monday (followed by a piece by me on the coverage). MSNBC’s coverage had consisted of Rachel Maddow and Ana Marie Cox mocking the “teabagging” until Chris Matthews held a more serious debate Monday.”
And then of course there is the DHS report that labels tea party goers, and like-minded citizens, as “radicalized,” “hate-oriented,” and “anti-government.” This appalling (and would be laughable, if it wasn’t for real) report will be the subject of my next post, I think. Watching the CNN clip above made me wonder if the report wasn’t sent to media outlets along with a memo from the Obama Administration suggesting that “reporters” like Susan Roesgen should depict the protests as anti-government, made up of the radical and dangerous “fringe.” She actually says, “…this is not really family viewing.” What? Maybe if the tea party goers took some ques from the Left and actually made threats against the sitting president and threw shoes at his effigy in front of the White House…or even worse, burned effigies of him…then perhaps it would be “family viewing” and more suitable for coverage by CNN.