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In Synch With GOP, Fox News Skips Latest Tea Parties

Reported by Ellen - July 5, 2009 -

Sure, Fox did some promoting of the Independence Day tea parties but the "fair and balanced" network just happens to have skipped the latest round of tea parties along with the heads of the Republican Party.

As The Washington Independent reports (H/T Raw Story)

(T)he collaboration between the official Republican establishment and the Tea Parties has not lasted into June. The RNC has no plans to get involved with any Tea Parties. A spokesman for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), who jaunted around northern California to attend several Tea Parties, said that his holiday plans were private but would probably not include Tea Parties. Gingrich will not attend any of the Tea Parties, although he recorded video messages for events in Birmingham and Nashville “at the request of the respective organizers,” according to spokesman Dan Kotman.

The Independent also noted, "Coverage on Fox News has largely been limited to interviews with Tea Party organizers on the network’s morning shows. While sources at Fox would not discuss their plans for covering the weekend events, they confirmed that no anchors would be attending and that the attendance and news value of the events looked to be lower than that of the April rallies."

That's odd. Fox News went to great lengths to promote the April tea parties, including giving out publicity information, sending most of their top hosts to different tea parties around the country, and urging viewers to join them there. That in itself certainly influenced the "attendance and news value of the events" and almost certainly would have again. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Fox News chose not to do so this time at the same time the Republicans dropped their participation.