Just turned the TV on and decided to see how (or if) the MSM was covering the tea parties. CNN is predictable as heck. I predicted the tea partiers would be portrayed as voters were in the 1994 elections. After Democrats were trounced in 1994, in reaction to the first two years of the Clinton administration, those in the media declared voters were "angry white males." I turned CNN on and the first thing I saw was the part of their iReport segment captioned "Tax Day Tirades."
A brief interview was shown of a tea party attendee who said the tea parties are about people from all political parties gathering to get back to the principles and values the country was founded on, less government, helping the market grow through business, helping small businesses. She said that government was a little out of control and people weren't having a voice anymore and they were interested in educating people about the things the country was founded on. That is a pretty good representation of a tea partier, even if she was introduced with a "tirade" graphic.
What immediately followed that interview were the real tirades:
Webcam iReport video from Egberto Willies "It is unAmerican for those who have so benefitted from the tax code to want a tax cut at this time. Most Americans that complain about too many taxes likes to pay very little taxes themselves. Our roads, bridges and other infrastructure are crumblin'. Our healthcare system is a disaster. Do you think this can be fixed by less money into the government coffers?"
Webcam video from David Seeman: "You know the conservatives haven't been very graceful losers in my opinion. If I wanted to stand around all day long, sipping tea and listening to conservative Republicans whining and lying about how Bush's eight years in office were this time of unprecedented economic prosperity, this absolute fantasy time that never actually existed in reality, I would probably just turn on Fox News or listen to some good old fashioned crazy right wing radio."
Tyson: All right Tony, yeah, pretty powerful.
Obviously the "absolute fantasy" is that anyone at any of the 800 or so tea parties ever claimed Bush's eight years were times of "unprecedented prosperity." It is also a mischaracterization to say the tea parties are about people who "likes to pay very little taxes themselves" asking for additional tax breaks. It is quite apparent who is doing the "whining and lying." Are these people just absolutely ignorant of what is going on at tea parties or are they intentionally lying and mischaracterizing them? Are they just repeating what some liberal bloggers have told them the tea parties are all about?