Skip to comments.Crashing the 'tea party': NYT/CBS poll reveals much about the movement (More Jourbalist BS)
Posted on 04/17/2010 1:17:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
One of the things journalism teaches you over and over again is that nothing ruins a good story quite like the facts.
Consider, for example, this week's renewal of the chattering classes' infatuation with the "tea party" movement, timed to coincide with the deadline to file federal income tax returns. The group is conventionally portrayed as a burgeoning populist expression of discontent that sprouted spontaneously from the grass-roots and cuts in new ways across sectional, class and gender lines.
Reams of analysis have proceeded from those assumptions, but like a great deal that's based on anecdotal reporting, it turns out to be wrong. To their great credit, the New York Times and CBS undertook extensive, and expensive, polling that provides the first reliable look at the tea party supporters. Little that has been generally assumed survived the scrutiny.
As it turns out, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans "supports" the tea party movement in any respect, and just 4% of all adult Americans have contributed to it or attended one of its events or both. (On any given day, you probably could drum up twice as many people who think the Pentagon is hiding dead aliens in Area 51.)(continued)
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
And this is another good story.
Hey MSM...thanks for all the publicity!
Keep talking! It makes more and more people curious...then they check it out and maybe attend and bingo!the teaparty’s numbers go up!
MSM did the same thing when the Bamster howled about Fox news..ha ha...they had more viewers than ever, just to see what all the commotion is about..Kind of Like tom sawyer telling his friends they aren’t ‘allowed” to help him paint the fence!
IF nothing ruins a good story like FACTS, the Times faces little danger of having any ruined stories.
Great analogy, excpet Tom knew what he was doing. There is an analogy about the MSM whitewashing everything too, somewhere between the lines.
Why do they care so much? Is there nothing better for them to write about? This is getting a little weird, their obsession with the TEA party movement.
Jourbalist BS is right.
This is just the chatterclatura using the LA Times for a blog. They’re talking to each other.
“...and significantly more affluent and better educated than the majority of Americans.”
Wait! I thought the media said tea partiers were uneducated morons. Now they are highly educated and affluent. So which is it? The media needs to get their stories straight. Or is this a new strategy?
I know, but that makes it even more ironic and delicious!
the MSM is soooooo stoooopid! they dont even understand how the media can effect people.ha.
That and Governor Sarah Palin. What they attack is what they're afraid of. How many nasty hit pieces have they written on Governors Romney, Huckabee and Pawlenty? Exactly!
The more lies I read and see, the more pissed off I get. The more they brutalize Salin Palin and her children, the more I get involved and the more checks I write.
Their propaganda is counter productive. Its akin to shooting POWs in a time of war.
the MSM is destroyng the “race Card” with its hysteria over the “raaaaacist” Tea Partiers! HA!
They have pushed this so hard WITH NO EVIDENCE...that people are wondering, “HUH? I dont see the racism...” and by banging that drum, it further destroys the impact of the Race Card and its power.
Go for it alphabet media!!! Tell us again how Raaacist we are...oh, and yeah, keep trying to find video or signs or audio while you are at it, then argue about WHy there are none. People are going to start wondering what all the Raaaacist fuss is about when there isn’t any.
Thanks MSM!!!HA HA HA.
The usual attempt to marginalize 'Tea Party' members/supporters as mostly upper-middle class, well-educated, middle aged white men who are 'angry' is rubbish - and the L.A. Times hack that authored this article, knows it.
Part of the rationale for this kind of pap is to persuade those who may be sympathetic to the goals of the Tea Party activists that this a 'fringe' group and you don't belong there. The rest is an attempt to convince themselves that the Tea Party is irrelevant and nothing for the oh-so brilliant leftists to fear.
They need to do this because the political left and the media hacks that publish their propaganda (like this L.A. Times piece) know full well that they're supporting a president and congress that is pushing the country toward European socialism as fast as they can while dropping our defenses and torpedoing the U.S. economy with insane spending policies.
This used to be called 'whistling past the graveyard'. Now, it's just standard leftist propaganda. Lies and smears intended to convince people that the Tea Party is nothing to worry about. They wish. November 2nd can't come soon enough.
It is AMAZING how much energy the “journalists” are using to spin the TEA Party Movement.
How about “observe and REPORT observations”? it almost sounds “scientific”...
Well said. Back in college psychology the term was “extinguish”.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
...got a match? :-)
I forgot about ‘extinguish”...guess it comes right after ridicule!
I’m not sure about that alphabetical order, but I do agree that the MSM, CDC and others continally shouting “RACIST” is rediculous and I’m hoping that even the most PC-oriented among us, if they were honest, might be losing the energy and tempo in their psycho-physical jerk of the knee.
“psycho-physical jerk of the knee”
A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington , DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage.
Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.
The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, 'Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.'
The Harley rider replies, 'Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.'
The reporter says, 'Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page... So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?'
The biker replies, 'I'm a U.S. Marine and a Republican.' The journalist leaves.
The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:
U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH
That pretty much sums up the media's approach to the news these days.
Anyone who gets his “information” from the LA Times is in danger of being an ignoramus.
Just to add some diversity they surveyed a high school teachers’ rubber room.
“... keep trying to find video or signs or audio while you are at it, then argue about WHy there are none.”
I’m waiting for the “dog ate my homework” excuse.
Since the lamestream media has changed its tack from calling the teaparty a bunch of lower class uneducated yokels to one of “affluent and better educated”, I suspect that instead of the race card they may be going for the class warfare card.
Yup...shuck and Jive...that’s the Bamster’s motto!
this little Munchkin will strike terror into the heart of Janet Napolitano!
Guess CBS Moues is going to have to get rid of Bob Schieffer, who seemed to think 18% of the electorate (and growing) was a pretty big deal instead. Bob, call your office -- Stiletto-Heels Katie says you're fired.
The MSM ignorance is going to bite itself. Let them look like idiots...I have no problem with it.
The tea party should start exercising their buying power clout and start targeting boycotts against those that advertise with the MSM. It can make a difference.
A claim that is in direct contradiction with the poll that showed 24% of Americans identified themselves a Tea Partiers...which is much higher than 20% supporting in any respect...but again, facts are nasty little things that just get in the way of a good lie.
Exactly. They can't keep their spin straight.
Didn't Nixon also speak of "the silent majority"? Except in this case, the people represented by the "Tea Party" are not so silent, or invisible.
Sure they are. Especially the media lackeys, because waking up involves figuring out just how much and how often they have lied to you.