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tin-foil-hatJeffrey Jena finds a massive left-wing conspiracy in the fact that the national media didn’t spend enough time talking about the Tea Parties (!):

On March 2nd there was a demonstration in Washington D.C. It was billed as the largest demonstration for green power/global warming awareness/stop dirty coal/ let’s all go live in a tepee, ever held. It was attended by, (are you ready for the number?), 2,500 people. That was the largest one ever! This demonstration was covered by every major television and news service. No station or alleged newspaper gave any coverage to opposing opinions. Ironically there was a blizzard that day another fact which, to the best of my knowledge, was not noted by any major news outlet.

Thirteen days later one of the first of the grassroots “Tea Parties” was held in Cincinnati Ohio. Over five thousand average middle-class folks showed up on Fountain Square in the center of the city. Their message was simple, we can’t afford our government! Did you see it on CNN? Maybe you caught it on ABC or MSNBC? If you did you need to check the strength of your prescriptions, it wasn’t on any of them. In fact, the overwhelming success of this protest against rampant, run away big government was one of the inspirations for yesterday’s national day of protest. But unless you live in Cincinnati you probably never heard about it.

First off, Jesus Christ, you wanted more coverage of the Tea Parties?  It’s all any of the cable news nets talked about last week, and, shit, Fox News has been the Tea Party Channel for a solid three weeks now.

Second, I actually hadn’t heard or read anything about this Eco-protest that supposedly got such massive coverage.  After some googling, I guess he’s talking about the Capitol Climate Action.  I don’t know what cable news said about it (my suggestion to Jena: watch less cable news), but in terms of print coverage, it garnered one AP article (which was carried around various mid-level dailies, but neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post carried it, though one of the NYT’s online blogs covered it), and one piece in Time, which does mention the blizzard.  (Note to Jena:  Instead of using caveats like “to the best of my knowledge,” why don’t you just take five seconds to google your assertions before hitting “Post”).

You wouldn’t know that from the coverage. Everyone from CNN to MSNBC to my local paper went out of their way to make it seem like anyone who attended one of these gatherings was a right-wing extremist! Right-wing extremist, hummm where have I heard that term lately? Wasn’t there some sort of government document leaked to the public the day before all these Tea Parties? I am not a believer in coincidence, especially in politics. I believe that the Department of Homeland Security report was released in an effort to intimidate some citizen and keep them from attending the anti-tax rallies.

You know, a lesson the left has learned well is that, if you’re going to stage mass protests, reporters are going to interview protesters.  You can’t really be angry when reporters interview someone who doesn’t stay on message, or is a little crazy.  Protesters aren’t professional politicians!  That’s the point!  They aren’t always going to be able to regurgitate careful-constructed talking points.  Sometimes they’ll go too far.  I’m not sure how you can blame the media itself for this, unless you expect them to shelve unflattering interviews and only air flattering ones.  Which, they ain’t gonna do.

I’m sick of talking about that completely innocuous DHS publication, but you can see my take on it here, if you like.  The only new bit here is the implication that DHS leaked this publication specifically to mess with the Tea Parties (I’m not sure how this would’ve accomplished that).  All you have to do is read the publication to realize it has absolutely nothing to do with that.

These demonstrations were too many and too big to be ignored so the leftists in the media moved to their second tactic, belittle and mock. I am sure that you may have seen alleged journalist from Anderson Cooper to Susan Roesgen to Keith Obermann mocking you and your beliefs. Belittling your efforts to make your voices heard. I personally have had enough of a mediocre sportscaster passing himself off as an intellectual. His program would be alright if it were on the proper cable channel at the proper time: Comedy Central sandwiched in between Stewart and Colbert. It would probably also get better ratings.

Yeah, I wonder what it would be like to have well-paid cable news talking heads spouting transparent one-sided rhetoric.  Must suck.

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Written by dieblucasdie

April 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

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