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President Obama’s Use of “Teabagger” Term Sparks Media Debate
Mediaite.com ^ | 05/05/10 | Glynnis MacNicol

Posted on 05/05/2010 4:55:25 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

ABC News’ Jake Tapper took heat from “some liberal bloggers” when he contrasted President Obama’s call for civility in politics with Obama’s use of the term “tea-bagger” in a November interview for Jonathan Alter’s new book. At issue was Tapper’s failure to point out that the term was originally coined by the Tea Party movement, which he addressed in an update.

WaPo’s Dave Weigel, meanwhile, traces the movement’s attempt to frame the term as a slur. It’s time to correct the record once and for all.

Let me first address the criticism of Tapper’s story. The fact that the Tea Party movement coined the term has little relevance to Jake’s point. In comments to Mediaite yesterday, Dave Weigel summed up the civil way to deal with this:

I like to follow a policy of calling people what they want to be called — or at least don’t object to being called. This is why you don’t see me call people “teabaggers.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: andersoncooper; epithet; obama; slur; teaparty
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He's quickly surpassing Nixon as the most shallow, abrasive and petty man to ever hold the office.
1 posted on 05/05/2010 4:55:25 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Its a gay thing. Its their little gay inside joke.

I don’t expect civility from juveniles, but I also don’t take anything they say seriously.


2 posted on 05/05/2010 4:58:25 PM PDT by marron (x)
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To: OldDeckHand
re: He's quickly surpassing Nixon as the most shallow, abrasive and petty man to ever hold the office.

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He may want to ask Larry about tea bags.

3 posted on 05/05/2010 4:59:40 PM PDT by ICAB9USA (I cut off part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
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To: OldDeckHand

Aww is poor little barry so frustrated with his complete incompetence in office he has to resort to childish name calling?? Mr. President you are a PETTY LITTLE “Man-Child”..


4 posted on 05/05/2010 5:00:20 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: OldDeckHand
Maybe Michelle teabags Barry.

 

   

 

5 posted on 05/05/2010 5:04:59 PM PDT by Fintan (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: OldDeckHand

at least with Nixon given his history and the way the media and the elites felt about him and his background and all, you could understadn where his paranoia and thin skin came from. Obama is on top of the world. The media and the glitterati all love him and worship at his feet. What does he have to be resentful or upset about?


6 posted on 05/05/2010 5:06:27 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: OldDeckHand
The Left's defense is that some Tea Partiers call themselves Teabaggers.

Many black people call each other the "N" word.

Does that make it OK for anybody else to call them that?

8 posted on 05/05/2010 5:08:19 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Was Barry the teabagger or the teabagee?

We should ask his old boyfreind Larry about that one.


9 posted on 05/05/2010 5:08:56 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: mowowie

Friend.

Sheesh, i always screw that word up.


10 posted on 05/05/2010 5:09:43 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: OldDeckHand

When asked to comment on the “teabagger” namecalling, Tea Party spokesmen should be instructed to simply say “close enough!” with a big smile, and move on.

If pressed by an obnoxious reporter, they should innocently ask the reporter “what do you mean by ‘teabagger’?” The media outlet will cut the question (and the answer, if one is given) from the video, and that’s that.


11 posted on 05/05/2010 5:10:13 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: OldDeckHand
As was evidenced by News Corps' announcement of higher profits today, the truth is a profitable enterprise.

Obama's steady stream of lies provides smart Journalists with a great opportunity to come into "their own"!

Prominence is a wonderful thing...eh, Barky?

12 posted on 05/05/2010 5:12:40 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Vera Baker rumors--The Obama White House solution to imminent 'himbo' eruptions!)
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To: Fintan

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Great. Now how do I get that mental image out of my mind?


13 posted on 05/05/2010 5:15:34 PM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: marron

Tea bagger is very GAY term that ypu can find on the NET.

Where is the ACLU when Obummer makes a comment.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_bag_(sexual_act)


14 posted on 05/05/2010 5:16:06 PM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world.)
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To: OldDeckHand
IMO, the word "teabagger" is used as code for "white". It's a racist term as hateful and directed as any. And I'm a coward faggot for putting it in those terms.

15 posted on 05/05/2010 5:17:24 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: OldDeckHand

I’ve watched the whole tea party evolve, from a rant by a financial reporter on cable, to tax day protests, to the political and cultural force that it is today, in two short years.

Never once during that time, did I hear the term “teabagger” until several nobodies and Gloria Vanderbilt’s daughter started giggling about teabagging and using the term on MSNBC. There was immediate recognition as to just why these people were using the term, they’re all sexual deviants of one sort or another.

To now try and claim that it’s a self-referential term coined by tea partiers themselves, is really peculiar.

These people do realize they’re being observed and they no longer can just airbrush history out for a do-over, don’t they? Apparently not.


16 posted on 05/05/2010 5:18:35 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Steely Tom
If pressed by an obnoxious reporter, they should innocently ask the reporter “what do you mean by ‘teabagger’?”

Or, ask the reporter, would it be insulting to you if called a "Communist dirtbag"?

17 posted on 05/05/2010 5:19:17 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans, the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: OldDeckHand
At issue was Tapper’s failure to point out that the term was originally coined by the Tea Party movement, which he addressed in an update.

Lie.

18 posted on 05/05/2010 5:20:11 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: ICAB9USA
He may want to ask Larry about tea bags.

He's got in-house expertise now. Why dredge up the past?

19 posted on 05/05/2010 5:20:15 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

how many repoters would object to the term b*tp*r*te?


20 posted on 05/05/2010 5:20:27 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: OldDeckHand

He calls me the “T” word one more time and I’m going to dust off the “N” word!


21 posted on 05/05/2010 5:23:22 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: OldDeckHand

The tea party patriots never called themselves that term. IIRC Cooper on CNN started it not us.


22 posted on 05/05/2010 5:25:01 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: longtermmemmory

One time I heard someone refer to our former Governor as “that babykilling faggot”.


23 posted on 05/05/2010 5:25:36 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans, the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: chris_bdba
"IIRC Cooper on CNN started it not us."

I think Jonathan Alter used the term first - in print - and Cooper was the one to first use it on the air.

As a homosexual man, he knew EXACTLY what he was calling them.

24 posted on 05/05/2010 5:26:24 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand
Where in the world do they get they get the idea that "The Teaparty" coined the term“Teabagger” or "Teabagging"?
25 posted on 05/05/2010 5:26:41 PM PDT by tophat9000 (It ain't about Black... It ain't about White...It's about a Red...Trying to take our rights!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Any time a reporter uses that vulgar sexual term I use it as a litmust test that 1. they are a homosexual 2. they are using it to transmit their PERSONAL political view.


26 posted on 05/05/2010 5:29:33 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: tophat9000
"Where in the world do they get they get the idea that "The Teaparty" coined the term“Teabagger” or "Teabagging"? "

They pulled it from the same orifice they pulled "tax increases help spur economic growth"

Here's a hint - everyone has one.

27 posted on 05/05/2010 5:30:09 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

He and Bawney Fwrank are the only teabaggers I know for sure are teabaggers in American politics...


28 posted on 05/05/2010 5:32:28 PM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: OldDeckHand
At issue was Tapper’s failure to point out that the term was originally coined by the Tea Party movement, which he addressed in an update.

Tea Party Movement coined the term "teabagger?" AFAIK it was 'coined' by Cooper Anderson when he said "it's hard to talk when you're teabagging."

29 posted on 05/05/2010 5:33:25 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: OldDeckHand

Anderson is a Tea Bagger.


30 posted on 05/05/2010 5:33:51 PM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They lie, the term was not “coined” by the tea party movement. The first it was used was by a bunch of gay a**hats trying to put down the tea partiers.


31 posted on 05/05/2010 5:35:59 PM PDT by calex59
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To: OldDeckHand

If you want to be historically accurate, they could refer to us the same as the british, “those bloody coffee drinkings”

we leave the tea drinking to the poodle politicians.


32 posted on 05/05/2010 5:36:26 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: jeltz25

“at least with Nixon given his history and the way the media and the elites felt about him and his background and all, you could understadn where his paranoia and thin skin came from.”

I really do not think Nixon was paranoid...they were really out to get him. They wouldn’t have gotten away with it (democrats) in todays world with media outlets that will tell the truth, like Fox News, BigGovernment.com, etc.


33 posted on 05/05/2010 5:39:03 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: Wpin

and for some reason they still take Walter “the liar” Cronkite seriously.


34 posted on 05/05/2010 5:40:18 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Steely Tom
When asked to comment on the “teabagger” namecalling, Tea Party spokesmen should be instructed to simply say “close enough!” with a big smile, and move on.

Now why would they do that? That doesn't even make sense. Your other idea about asking them what teabagger means is ok.

35 posted on 05/05/2010 5:40:22 PM PDT by calex59
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To: OldDeckHand
He's quickly surpassing Nixon as the most shallow, abrasive and petty man to ever hold the office.

I think you've got a tagline in there somewhere.

36 posted on 05/05/2010 5:41:25 PM PDT by GOPJ ("Draw Mohammad Day" - - May 20, 2010 - Draw for freedom - draw for your children's freedom.)
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To: OldDeckHand
So according to this logic I can use the N word to describe blacks. I hear them use it all the time. So since they use is it is OK that I use it too.
That is what this is saying.
37 posted on 05/05/2010 5:56:55 PM PDT by oldenuff2no (Proud vet)
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To: jeltz25
What does he have to be resentful or upset about?

He's terrified that his secrets will be discovered, the BC being first and foremost.

38 posted on 05/05/2010 5:57:04 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: OldDeckHand

As a member and supporter of the local Tea Party, I present the following:

“Teabagger” is our “N” word.


39 posted on 05/05/2010 6:12:20 PM PDT by meyer
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Good point. I wonder to what extent we could complain to the FCC equating the “T” word with the “N” word or more importantly as simply an obscene word not to be uttered on the airwaves? Maybe hit the commentators with a fine or two ... ;-)


40 posted on 05/05/2010 6:14:54 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: OldDeckHand
Oh my! Now the left has stooped to using the “T” word! How base, coarse and uncivil!
41 posted on 05/05/2010 6:18:52 PM PDT by NickFlooding (Canceling out liberal votes since 1972.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Obama knows what he is saying, he’s the faggot in chief.


42 posted on 05/05/2010 6:23:11 PM PDT by CodeToad
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To: longtermmemmory

well said Long!!!!, and for those of us who listened at his start, (only at his start....until his liberal commie spewing crap became 100% evident), it is hard to fathom ANYONE giving this man any kudos whatsoever.


43 posted on 05/05/2010 9:18:42 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: OldDeckHand
He's quickly surpassing Nixon as the most shallow, abrasive and petty man to ever hold the office.The difference is Nixon was a great statesman. He created the schism between China and Russia (with Kissinger) which was a brilliant strategic chess-move that helped the US win the cold war.

He also ended the Vietnam war. His victory was trashed by the incoming Democrats in the post-Watergate Congress, and the feckless Gerald Ford.

Nixon may have been mean spirited and petty at times, but he was also thoughtful and powerful.

Obama isn't fit to clean Nixon's jockstrap.

44 posted on 05/05/2010 10:50:41 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Jack Black
“Teabagger” is our “N” word.

Yes! Exactly. If any liberal says it they need to be called out immediately as racist scum (after all they keep reminding us the Tea Parties are code for White), ignorant mouth-breathing trolls. It's also good to get all hostile, screw up your eyes like you're going to pop, threaten to call the police, and report them to HR.

ON THE OTHER HAND - it is quite acceptable for us to use the term among ourselves. We do pronounce it differently though: "teabagga" as in "What's up my Teabagga?" "You my teabagga" and the ever popular "Teabagga please!".

45 posted on 05/05/2010 10:56:35 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I thought it traced back to Anderson Cooper using it on his CNN show with a smirk. Either way, I don’t recall hearing it before the lib media used it either. The fact that they have to concoct the excuse that it came from the tea partiers themselves shows that they know it’s poor behavior that exposes their bias and makes them look like jerks.


46 posted on 05/05/2010 11:06:37 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: calex59
The first it was used was by a bunch of gay a**hats trying to put down the tea partiers.

By Anderson "Teabaggin'" Cooper, to be exact.

47 posted on 05/06/2010 5:29:55 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Jack Black; OldDeckHand

We ought to as vociferously apply the double standard as they do with the “n word”.

“We can use it, but you can’t. And if you do, you’re a bigot.”


48 posted on 05/06/2010 5:32:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

OK. But how do you prove it?


49 posted on 05/06/2010 5:36:39 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: RegulatorCountry
I’ve watched the whole tea party evolve, from a rant by a financial reporter on cable, to tax day protests, to the political and cultural force that it is today, in two short years.

As someone who is old enough to remember the original Boston Tea Party, take it from me. Tea Bags had not been invented in the late 1700's. All tea was made with loose tea. Tea bags have no relationship to the Tea Party.

50 posted on 05/06/2010 5:37:38 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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