Crazy People, Tea Party and Media Bias

An interesting article on the Tea Party

I love it when enlightened pundits observe that there are “crazy people” at these events. No kidding. Ever been to a Democratic or Republican convention? Plenty of attendees would not pass a CT scan. Ever been to a PTA meeting? There are crazy people in America, on your TV and in your neighborhood. You may even be one of them. Deal with it.

I have a theory that the media finding “crazy people” in a protest is less a function of how crazy the people are and more the bias of the person covering the event. You can always find crazy people.  Code Pink is exclusivly crazy people and I’ve seen them be treated as though they ‘re normal by media even in New Zealand.

Actually, that was before I saw this one:

After a large tea party rally last year in Washington, a reporter asked me whether the Republican Party had secretly organized it. My response was this: obviously not; there are a ton of people here.

Liberal have written serious (well, for liberals anyway) articles claiming that the Tea Party is some sort of “atroturf” organisation (that is, an organisation that’s been orgaised by an interested party that’s pretending to be grassroots). That’s more a reflection of how common astroturfing is among liberals. Unfotunalty for them, they make the assumption that the right gets out just as easily as the left. We don’t.

The Tea party is not crazy. There are more people identifying as “Tea Party” than there are liberals. For the most part, these people have only left their homes and joined protests because they see a serious problem in their society – that it is missing the purpose of it’s very founding.

No, the reason that the Tea party is called crazy (racist, angry, et al) is quite simple.

Liberals don’t understand it when the right stands up and says “no”.

It’s new. They’re scared.

They should be.

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