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WaPo: Few Signs at Tea Party Rally Expressed Racially Charged Anti-Obama Themes
The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Amy Gardner

Posted on 10/14/2010 11:18:57 AM PDT by kristinn

A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.

Emily Ekins, a graduate student at UCLA, conducted the survey at the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington last month by scouring the crowd, row by row and hour by hour, and taking a picture of every sign she passed.

Ekins photographed about 250 signs, and more than half of those she saw reflected a "limited government ethos," she found - touching on such topics as the role of government, liberty, taxes, spending, deficit and concern about socialism.

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But Ekins's analysis showed that only about a quarter of all signs reflected direct anger with Obama. Only 5 percent of the total mentioned the president's race or religion, and slightly more than 1 percent questioned his American citizenship.

Ekins's conclusion is not that the racially charged messages are unimportant but that media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more than it actually does.

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Ekins spent the summer researching the tea party movement and also as an intern at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. The survey was for her UCLA graduate studies.

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Adam Brandon, a spokesman for FreedomWorks, said his organization did not instruct protesters to limit their messages to fiscal slogans, but he did patrol the crowd and threw out a few protesters carrying signs depicting Obama as Adolf Hitler.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 10/14/2010 11:19:04 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Link?


2 posted on 10/14/2010 11:24:26 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: kristinn
...media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more than it actually does.

Gee, like I'm so surprised. Every thinking person could have told you the MSM was trying to spin it in any they could to make the tea party look bad. It was so obvious that a blind man could see it a mile away. The MSM (or most of it) are scum, plain and simple. But then again most of us knew that.
3 posted on 10/14/2010 11:26:55 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: kristinn
but he did patrol the crowd and threw out a few protesters carrying signs depicting Obama as Adolf Hitler.

Those were probably the Lyndon LaRoche cultists.

4 posted on 10/14/2010 11:27:17 AM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Time to Clean House.)
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To: justlurking

Sorry: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/13/AR2010101303634.html


5 posted on 10/14/2010 11:28:24 AM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: justlurking

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/13/AR2010101303634.html


6 posted on 10/14/2010 11:28:36 AM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: kristinn

Okay, so some of those 12 signs anyway referencing Obama’s race or religion were getting at his Muslim sympathies. So how many actually referenced his race, and how many of those were Alinksyite leftist plants? (Wouldn’t surprise me if it was 3 or 4 and if they all were plants.)


7 posted on 10/14/2010 11:28:37 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: kristinn
"Ekins's conclusion is... that media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more than it actually does."


8 posted on 10/14/2010 11:33:10 AM PDT by avacado
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To: kristinn

“activists expressed narrow concerns about the government’s economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.”

Translation: The MSM’s efforts to falsely label the Tea Party movement as racist have failed miserably.


9 posted on 10/14/2010 11:36:29 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Ditto

I’d BET that they were Dumbocrats


10 posted on 10/14/2010 11:43:51 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: kristinn

The most controversial signs have been brought by Democrats pretending to be TEA partiers.


11 posted on 10/14/2010 11:44:53 AM PDT by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: kristinn
I wonder how she would classify this sign? It's my favorite I've seen at a Tea Party rally so far...

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12 posted on 10/14/2010 11:47:28 AM PDT by lonevoice (Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music)
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To: kristinn

Bump


13 posted on 10/14/2010 11:51:02 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: kristinn
It would have been fun for a similar "study" to have been done at the recent Unions-and-Communists rally in Washington. Categories with substantial numbers of messages would probably have included:


14 posted on 10/14/2010 11:53:29 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: lonevoice
I bet that little cracker is a racist, too.


15 posted on 10/14/2010 11:53:49 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: Ditto

“Those were probably the Lyndon LaRoche cultists.”

But LaRouche and his followers accurately represent the views of the Tea Parties./sarc


16 posted on 10/14/2010 11:54:12 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 19 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: kristinn
Barack "Black Liberation Theology" Obama is the racist.

SEAN HANNITY: But Reverend Jeremiah Wright is not backing down and has not for years and in his strong stance on the teaching of black liberation theology is nothing new. He had the same things to say last spring when he appeared on "Hannity & Colmes:"

WRIGHT: If you're not going to talk about theology in context, if you're not going to talk about liberation theology that came out of the '60s, systematized black liberation theology that started with Jim Cone in 1968 and the writings of Cone and the writings of Dwight Hopkins and the writings of womynist theologians and Asian theologians and Hispanic theologians, then you can't talk about the black value system.

HANNITY: But I'm a — reverend

WRIGHT: Do you know liberation theology, sir?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354158,00.html
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"Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal".--James (Jim) Cone,
African American Religious Thought: An Anthology (Paperback)
by Cornel West (Editor), Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Editor)
____________________________________________

Malik Zulu Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP):
"We believe in a Black first philosophy and a Black Liberation Theology."

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_1858.shtml

17 posted on 10/14/2010 12:01:43 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: kristinn
WaPo: Few Signs at Tea Party Rally Expressed Racially Charged Anti-Obama Themes Unexpectedly

There, fixed it.

18 posted on 10/14/2010 12:04:11 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: kristinn
Anybody who thinks the races are going to love each other, with people and organizations like obama, jackson, sharpton, NAACP, NBPP, and others slinging the racial hatred around to earn money, is crazy beyond belief.

Those who listen to these toublemakers, will always make trouble. They will make trouble just to evoke a response from you, and then use that response against you as evidence of your "hatred".

Well, you don't have to "hate" to be pissed off, and a lot of us are. Group-think is the tool of the left and they use it like a club to beat us over the head.

The ones who listen to the drumbeat haven't evolved very far and are still dancing around the campfire of hatred stoked by the racebaiters in America. They obviously can't think on their own, and need someone to tell them when to breathe in, and breathe out.

Notice: You throw it at us, we're going to pick it up and throw it back. That ranges from racial epithets, to hand grenades.

People scouring about looking for trouble can usually find it, and if they can't, they make some.

But the race card is seriously overdrawn and not as many "honor" it anymore.
19 posted on 10/14/2010 12:09:40 PM PDT by FrankR (You are only obligated to obama to the extent you accept his handouts.)
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To: MrB

Why is there only a caucasian (looking) baby on this rag’s cover? What if this baby has some Italian, or Greek in him - what if he’s 1/10 African American? My Mom was full blood Italian with fair skin and blue eyes. It’s not always easy to tell when a child is of mixed ethnicity - and why should we care Bluesweek?

Perhaps the creative design team at Newsweek are the worst racists of all.


20 posted on 10/14/2010 12:09:53 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 19 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: kristinn

MeeMaw Katherine Graham’s favorite granddaughter Kate Weymouth is probably even now looking at replacing the reporter and the editor who let this story get out...


22 posted on 10/14/2010 12:19:46 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: kristinn

If this guy’s “survey” was done at Beck’s Washington Mall Sept. 28th event, they should Beck implored people to NOT bring signs.

And it it was the Beck event, 250 is hardly a valid sample of the 100’s of thousands there!


23 posted on 10/14/2010 12:32:17 PM PDT by HardStarboard (If the Gulf had happened on Bush's watch - he'd have been drawn and quartered.)
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To: lonevoice

That’s awesome!


24 posted on 10/14/2010 12:38:44 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,For His Name Alone Is Exaulted)
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To: kristinn

It only took them a month to figure that out.


25 posted on 10/14/2010 12:44:49 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: 3niner
The most controversial signs have been brought by Democrats pretending to be TEA partiers.

As has been documented repeatedly...but how many people realize that. :-(

26 posted on 10/14/2010 12:45:08 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: kristinn
Adam Brandon, a spokesman for FreedomWorks, said his organization did not instruct protesters to limit their messages to fiscal slogans, but he did patrol the crowd and threw out a few protesters carrying signs depicting Obama as Adolf Hitler.

I think its funny that, in the eyes of the state-run media, signs equating Obama to a white German are racist.

27 posted on 10/14/2010 12:56:41 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MrB

Racist babies, what’ll they think of next! Can you special order’em that way? I want my Grandkids to have a Daddy.


28 posted on 10/14/2010 1:00:49 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: MrB

http://killuminati2012.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/baby-hitler.jpg


29 posted on 10/14/2010 1:03:36 PM PDT by Paddy Irish
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To: kristinn

Once more: Anti-Obama themes are not about race. They are about Obama. Understand? Obama!


30 posted on 10/14/2010 1:38:05 PM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: aflaak

send to DGH


31 posted on 10/14/2010 1:59:09 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: RoadTest

The photo gallery with the story didn’t show ANY racially-charged signs that I could see, with the possible exception of one that was apparently criticizing immigrants who don’t learn to speak English. If that was the worst they could come up with, I’d say it definitely refutes the Tea Party = racism smear. The one about the village idiot in Kenya was no worse - not even as bad - as a lot of the stuff that was directed at Bush and Palin. But the media never did an analysis of THOSE signs.


32 posted on 10/14/2010 2:13:07 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Steve_Seattle

I know what you’re saying is true - the TP gatherings are not racist at all. The Left knows this, I think, but would like to make a lot of voters think we are racist.


33 posted on 10/14/2010 2:34:30 PM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: lonevoice

I just love that picture. Thanks for posting it.


34 posted on 10/14/2010 4:21:01 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: 9YearLurker

I think it is probable that a sign with Hussein’s picture was racist simply because it portrayed him as black.........when we all know he is only 1/2 black.


35 posted on 10/14/2010 6:05:05 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: Ditto
Those are the standard poster for the LaRouche cultists.

I'd like to take a peek at the Compost turd's pictures of racist signs; I'd bet the farm that they represent the pitiful handful of infiltrators that were so easily outed.

36 posted on 10/14/2010 6:16:42 PM PDT by upstanding
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To: lonevoice

Better be careful with that sign and that happy American flag waving. The leftists might try to arrest or possibly stab the baby...


37 posted on 10/14/2010 7:52:27 PM PDT by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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To: dead

Yeah, it may be funny, but the Hitler signs are put out by the La Rouche Democrats, who happen to be racists.


38 posted on 10/14/2010 8:38:36 PM PDT by Eva
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To: kristinn

Of the 55% that supported Obama in 2008 about 35% remain.

The 20% percent, therefore, have become racist and joined the 45% original racists. What a country.


40 posted on 10/15/2010 5:33:05 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: kristinn
A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.

Amy Gardner puts the "anal" in analysis.

By "some" media coverage, she obviously means all media other than Fox News.

41 posted on 10/15/2010 6:27:11 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: kristinn
But Ekins's analysis showed that only about a quarter of all signs reflected direct anger with Obama. Only 5 percent of the total mentioned the president's race or religion, and slightly more than 1 percent questioned his American citizenship.

And, of course, there's no way to know how many of those signs questioning Ubama's race, religion or citizenship were RAT plants.

42 posted on 10/15/2010 6:28:54 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: kristinn

Another “Welcome to the Party Pal!” moment.


43 posted on 10/15/2010 6:33:41 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: central_va

Dude! I’m at work right now. How do you expect me drink?


44 posted on 10/15/2010 7:06:56 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: kristinn
Racially Charged Anti-Obama Themes

That's their thought process in a nutshell; Anti-Obama = Racist.

45 posted on 10/15/2010 7:14:22 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Law of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: kristinn
WaPo: Few Signs at Tea Party Rally Expressed Racially Charged Anti-Obama Themes

The WaPo is sure slipping. Finding out that the Republicans are not evil or that they are innocent of anything isn't scheduled until about a week after the election.

Someone at WaPo will be losing their job over this.

46 posted on 10/15/2010 5:46:33 PM PDT by RJL
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