CBS has an almost fair report:
Schieffer: Tea Partiers Not Just “A Bunch of Yahoos”
Tea party activists aren’t just a “bunch of yahoos who make a lot of noise” and are instead a “force to be reckoned with” for both Democrats and Republicans, “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer said on “The Early Show” Thursday.
A CBS News/New York Times poll delved deeper into the movement’s size, makeup and beliefs, revealing insights that could pose problems for both major parties, Schieffer said.
“I think the most important thing about this poll is we now have some sense of just how large a group this is. It represents about 18 percent of the voting public. That is a force to be reckoned with,” Schieffer told “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith.
“One thing the polls also show, this is not just a bunch of yahoos who make a lot of noise. We’re seeing they’re actually more educated than Americans in general. These are people who seem to have a legitimate anger building ... and I think that is the thing that both parties have to worry about.”[snip]
Bad ratings will have a tendency to do that.
May the pain of his no-doubt inevitable firing by CBS be brief ....
Especially after he said something like that, the knives will be out for him now.