Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tea Party Coverage Distorts “What Most Americans Think”

I said it before. I’ll say it again. Fairness and Accuracy in Media is anything but “fair” or “accurate.”

Case in point: a recent post praises left-wing columnist E.J. Dionne for writing “a good column” about the Tea Party protests. You know it’s “good” because it blames the media for promoting the racist protests.

E.J. Dionne has a good column in the Washington Post today (4/19/10) looking at the Tea Party movement, and pinning a fair amount of blame on the press: "The news media's incessant focus on the Tea Party is creating a badly distorted picture of what most Americans think and is warping our policy debates." Looking at the most recent poll of Tea Party supporters, Dionne concludes that racism is clearly a factor in motivating many of these activists.

Dionne is right. The media’s obsession with the Tea Party protests have “created a badly distorted picture of what most Americans think,” if by that he means smearing protestors as racist rednecks who are angry over a black president, focusing on a few outrageous signs to exemplify the entire protests, using the derogatory term “teabaggers” to refer to protestors, smearing the protests as anti-government and anti-tax (even though the protests are against larger federal government and higher taxes), and siding with congressmen who claimed they were called racial slurs (though there’s no evidence to back their story).

Yes, all this media attention, negative as it is, has helped the Tea Party movement. (rolls eyes).

And now for a voice of reason: