Skip to comments.Reporter's notebook: What really happens at Tea Party rallies
Posted on 04/07/2010 12:05:43 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
(CNN) -- When it comes to the Tea Party movement, the stereotypes don't tell the whole story.
Here's what you often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: offensive posters blasting President Obama and Democratic leaders; racist rhetoric spewed from what seems to be a largely white, male audience; and angry protesters rallying around the Constitution.
Case in point: During the health care debate last month, opponents shouted racial slurs at civil rights icon Georgia Rep. John Lewis and one person spit on Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. The incidents made national headlines, and they provided Tea Party opponents with fodder to question the movement.
But here's what you don't often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper.
Last week, I saw all of this during a five-city Western swing as the Tea Party Express national tour made its way across the country. CNN was along for the ride, and I was charged with planning CNN's coverage for five stops in two states: St. George, Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah; and Grand Junction and Denver, Colorado.
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In other words, normal folks.
No, not NORMAL according to CNN. We’re PATRIOTS, and that ain’t normal. It’s really funny the way this woman acts SO SURPRISED that people are actually nice to her. What an idiot. They sure live in an ivory tower. They sure have no idea what this thing really is.
Never saw this during the Bush presidency did we?
Article appears to try to be fair, but didn’t mention that neither the shouting of racial slurs nor the spitting has proven to be true, even though used as a “case in point”.
It never happened, of course. But they will never ever stop stating it as a fact.
From her article: “opponents shouted racial slurs at civil rights icon Georgia Rep. John Lewis and one person spit on Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.”
NO, YOU DID NOT SEE THIS.
It DID NOT HAPPEN.
Evidence, please. There is a 100K reward waiting for you.
It doesn’t matter to them if its true or not, it is now an established fact that will be mentioned in every story on the TEA parties. Notice they never mention Kenneth Gladney getting beat up.
We could make a movie about NOT making a movie about the assassination of our president. What would they say about that?
Today’s Socialists are just as dangerous as all the socialists before them. Everything is somebody else’s fault, all their competitors must be hated, all the competitors are “stupid.”
This has been repeatedly proven to be false, yet CNN keeps repeating these falsehoods anyways. Andrew Breitbart went as far as to offer $100,000 for any of these Democrats (who all had video cameras), to being proof of racist epithets and up till now, no one has accepted the challenge.
Not a bad article, except for the allegation of the racial slur being reported as fact.
They should post the email addresses for these reporters
Hmmmm... the journalist for this story gets an EPCI FAIL from me for reporting unsubstantiated allegations as fact.
freakin’ O’Reilly, Steele have really sunk us with their respect for Lewis. How come none are asking the other black reps who surrounded him to account?
Isn’t the Breitbart award for finding evidence at $100K?
How is the article supposedly trying to be fair when they start right off telling the same lie.
When they accuse Tea partiers of racism. I have been to a couple and havent heard any racism.
They consider anyone who doesnt with Obama as racist , and that is Horse dung.
Article appears to try to be fair, but didnt mention that neither the shouting of racial slurs nor the spitting has proven to be true, even though used as a case in point.
Notwithstanding the obvious misstatements already pointed out on this thread, it is otherwise noteworthy in its description of the proceedings (considering the source).
The ‘the other side’ is acknowledging that TEA has become a valid “political movement”, and it NOT exclusionary.
“But here’s what you don’t often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper.”
Shannon will be called in for an “orientating session” with her bosses at CNN.
But she did at least get in the obligatory “racial slurs” and “spitting” stories (lies). That shows she has some promise within CNN.
This lying will not stop until they are hauled into court and sued. Anything short of a conviction and $$$ paid to every TEA party member will stop the Big Lie.
I'd like to send her a more or less positive note, but point out that her "case in point" reported as fact is anything but fact.
Looks to me as if CNN wants to do something about boosting their terrible ratings; I say the hell with them- don’t watch, don’t click on their web site, and let them continue to sink.
CNN and the 0bama lamestream media are students of history apparently.
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
That elitist O’Rielly has never been a big fan of the Tea Parties.
He is just mad that the rallies aren’t called, “The Who’s Looking Out For You?” rallies.
Not a bad article considering the source.
“There were a few signs that could be seen as offensive to African-Americans. But by and large, no one I spoke with or I heard from on stage said anything that was approaching racist.
Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.”
>This lying will not stop until they are hauled into court and sued. Anything short of a conviction and $$$ paid to every TEA party member will stop the Big Lie.
What would that be? A class-action libel/slander/defamation suit?
Are you sure it's a lie? I'm not. I'm sure, in fact, that there are a few idiots in the Tea Party rallies who would and probably did do exactly what was alleged.
The key here is not to call it "lies," because somebody will be sure to uncover or even manufacture a documented example. And then you'd be toast.
Instead, it's necessary to convince people that those idiots are very much marginal characters who absolutely do not represent the vast majority of the people who are protesting in these rallies.
This particular issue highlights the fundamental problem facing the Tea Party movement right now: its intentionally decentralized nature pretty much precludes any means by which the movement can create a public image for itself -- who it represents, and what it stands for.
The movement's public image is therefore created by those who report on it. And many, if not most, of the reporters are hostile.
It would be fun to visit the “other side of the looking glass” world leftists live in.
And she must know about Bretbart's bounty. Stopped reading right there. May CNN lose more audience share.
CNN is still pushing that lie.
And your evidence is?
We have plenty of tapes covering every second of that walk by these black congressmen. There is no racist epithet anywhere.
There is a $100,000 reward for you if you can provide the evidence to back up your accusation, buddy, so let's see it.
Context is your friend. Read my whole comment, and get back to me with a real response.
>> I’m sure, in fact, that there are a few idiots
Are you sure it’s a fact, or are you just speculating?
There’s NO proof this occurred - to the contrary, there’s evidence of a motive to fabricate the allegations.
Until evidence of uncivil behavior surfaces, there’s no need to isolate the group from it.
Breitbart has offered 10k to ANYONE who can prove it true.
I believe he later raised the reward offer.
To date, NO ONE has yet come forward with proof.
And when you report something as true but you can’t prove, it’s called “slander” and “libel” and it’s a crime. Again - the burden of proof is on the accuser not the accusee.
If it really is true, let them prove it. Otherwise, don’t say it.
And that’s what’s going to happen here, everyone is going to start to believe the falsehood.
... so no need to read any further. That's a LIE and BrietBart is offering $100,000 if they can PROVE the LIE.
The dreaded “nuance”(as way to dodge facing facts) strikes again huh?
This is what you said, and I quote:
“Im sure, in fact, that there are a few idiots in the Tea Party rallies who would and probably did do exactly what was alleged”
Just provide the evidence will you?
Our friend “r9etb” already has.
But here's the deal. You folks are working very, VERY hard to miss the real point here, which is that the media are busy creating your public image for you, and you have no way to fight back.
The Tea Party movement is going to find it self marginalized as a bunch of loons, unless and until it can get some sort of centralized structure in place to manage a coherent message.
All you've got now is energy ... which is great, except that it's not focused. In politics, unfocused energy belongs to whoever can put their own spin on it -- even your opponents -- which is what you see happening now.
Very interesting stats.
... told you what you need to do if the Tea Party movement is not to get written off as a bunch of racist loons. You're just being stupid now.
It is a lie and yes, I'm sure. We were there.
Uh, no. It's a way of telling you that you somehow failed to understand the point being made.
But hell ... you go on ahead and let CNN create your image for you, pal, and keep crying because they're "lying." As long as you keep doing that, you and your Tea Party friends are going to come out looking like a bunch of loons.
Unless you can find some way to present a coherent message to the public. And that means giving up your stupid insistence on being a bunch decentralized, un-coordinated protest rallies.
This is politics, FRiend, and in politics the battle goes to those who are organized.
Right by the fellows in question, the entire time, right? Standing guard, checking for lies all day..... Wow. That's a big relief.