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February 24, 2010

THE TEA BAG MEDIA

A substantial rally on behalf of a public health option was held last weekend in New York, but you'd never know it from reading the media, which was too busy covering the Tea Baggers. We're not sure whether this principle is actually taught in journalism school, but at some point editors learn that the only dissent that matters in life is that on the right. Compare, for example, the coverage given the CPAC conference to that of Washington meetings of progressives. The media has been a major enabler of America's move to the right by simply overplaying one set of political views and blacking out the rest.


3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam-

Every once in a while you write one of your sensible. "why-doesn't-anyone-listen-to-us-progressives?" pieces. Invariably you mention the derision that urban progressives has for common folk is off-putting for those common folk.

Then you use the term "Tea Bagger", like you're auditioning for a spot on MSNBC.

February 24, 2010 9:33 PM  
Anonymous robbie said...

So, even more evidence that the media should be in no way considered "liberal"

February 25, 2010 4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:33 If the Tea party supporters didn't use the term themselves, you would have a point, but since they do use variations on the term "tea bag" like "tea bagging" they leave themselves open to being called "tea baggers", and they make them selves targets for confusion with the other use of the term "tea bagging".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teabagging

February 25, 2010 10:34 AM  

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