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Fox News “Grapevine” Does Report About “Teabagging”

Reported by Priscilla - March 20, 2009 -

The newest phenomenon in the pitchfork crowd involves tea bags. This new activity for unbridled Ayn Rand(y)/Howard Beale populist rage seems to be spearheaded by occasional Fox pundit and raging right wing Diva, Michelle Malkin, who obviously missed the lesson on the social gospel in her years of Catholic education. In a bizarro world version of the French Revolution, Malkin urges the “wealth makers” to jump ugly, on those who can’t afford the cake, at events that are modeled after the Boston Tea Party and at which tea bags are bandied about. A number of these cathartic shout fests have taken place across the country; but Malkin and fellow conservatives are upset that the mainstream media isn’t giving them due diligence – a complaint echoed by Fox News “Grapevine” this week. (March 16th). And to support this contention, Bret Baier quoted Noel Sheppard, one of Brent Bozell’s Newsbusters Boyz. ROFLMAO – no partisanship, there. No, sireee.

For the unitiated, Newsbusters is an arm of the mighty, media empire of right wing Brent Bozell who is a teensy bit upset with Fox Media production, The Family Guy. While Bozell’s uncle, the late William F. Buckley, opined on the intricacies of American foreign and domestic policy, Bozell is concerned about what nasty things Baby Stewie is saying and doing – oh, the horror, the horror! The writers for the blog are, for the most part, uber Christian, anti choice, Rush Limbaugh loving white guys who kvetch about the evil liberal media which includes obscure websites that feature interviews with Janeane Garofalo. Their readership reflects the ideology of the writers and includes those rapture ready pro-lifers who append their blog comments with things like “save a seal, club a liberal” and “nuke em till they glow in the dark.” Anyway, as noted by Bret Baier, Noel Sheppard thinks that the tea baggers aren’t getting enough attention.

Baier noted in his “Grapevine” segment that there were 4,000 teabaggers in Cincinatti who protested against the stimulus and the budget. That Columbus Ohio won’t have to lay off police recruits because of the stimulus is lost on those who are “going Galt.” (Hopefully, Ms. Malkin will, like John Galt, just go away!) Baier said that the tea parties have been largely ignored by the MSM. Baier read Sheppard’s claim that "Compare that to how these networks practically fell all over themselves to report war protests after the public's opinion changed concerning Iraq in late 2003." Baier’s background image was a graphic “Silent Majority No More.”

Comment: Before we get into tea bagging, Noel Sheppard’s comment needs addressing. His claim that anti war demonstrations were well publicized is refuted by Bill Moyers who commented on the lack of coverage of the November 2007 anti war protests that brought out 100,000 people. If one googles Cincinnati tea parties, one comes up with a number of hits which include mainstream media. But this is not exactly a movement that’s sweeping the nation. Like “we surround them,” it is a niche movement driven by hatred of Barack Obama and supported by right wing groups such as “The Heartland Institute” and “Americans for Tax Reform.” But perhaps they do need more scrutiny. The country needs to see the ugly racism of the Cincinnati crowd that hurled racial epithets at an African American woman who was waving an Obama flag. This isn’t surprising given this comment, about the Cincinnati fete, on the white supremacist blog “Stormfront:" “It seems weirdly Darwinian, but it appears that 90%+ are white. This is a form of self racial selection… With all of the talk about "diversity" the all white nature of these crowds is not being lost on the whites who attend. This is a very good sign for us. Natural forces are working to bring whites together.” Perhaps we do need to see more of the craziness as described in this article. I’m sure those who are really hurting will be encouraged by high wage earners and wannabees whose creed is I’ve got mine so f*#k you. One wonders how Fox would cover liberals who were talking about revolution. Think the term “treason” would be used? What is truly funny is while assuming the mantle of Boston colonials who staged the original tea party, this crew doesn’t realize that the Boston Tea Party came as a result of a tax cut! But as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for.” If Fox wants to publicize those whose mentors are hate mongers, go for it – way to lose even more voters for the GOP. But I leave you with the best reporting of the “tea bagging” movement to date – Jon Stewart’s!

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Addendum: Not suprisingly, the homophobic "American Family Association" has signed onto the tea baggers group whose beliefs are here. Not surprisingly, there's an anti abortion component. Also check out Bob Cesca's amusing article: "The Weird Contradictions of the Tea Bag Revolution."