Accusations of Racism
The NAACP vs the Tea Party Movement
One Nation: the anti-Tea Party rally
Comparison of Tea Party activists to the Oklahoma City bombers
Tea Party Crashers and Imposters: Infiltration and sabotage
Biased news coverage of tea parties
The Tea Party gets the blame for the Arizona shooting
Town Hall meetings
Which side is using "Astroturf"?
"Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations
Who is behind the "Coffee Party"?
Town Hall meetings by phone
A taste of the Obama thugocracy
Accusations of Racism
Tea Party: Branded Stupid, Racist, and Extreme. My wife Mary pointed it out. "With over 500 rallies under your belt, you have probably participated in more tea parties than anyone in America." Mine was a rare black face in the early days of the T.P. movement. While my black family, friends, and associates were hypnotized by his skin color, I dared to consider the content of Obama's character and intentions for my country. My numerous T.P national bus tours included 14 on Tea Party Express. The rally attendees (patriots) were typically well-mannered middle-aged whites, families with their kids, and others negatively impacted by Obama's unlawful mandates and actions (tyranny). Thus, I was always amazed that so many Americans viewed the T.P. as racist and extreme.
Just To Be Clear. Words don't simply lose meaning by themselves; the meaning is stripped from them through abuse. To be called a racist was once a serious charge, as was to claim racism. Unfortunately for real victims of racism, every utterance today is subject to accusations of racism, which dilutes real incidents of racism to background noise. Once left-wing activists discovered they could mobilize masses, obtain influence and power, and, more importantly, monetize claims of racism, real or manufactured, it was game on. The word may have retained its meaning, but the charge is all but meaningless.
Glenn Beck: Tea Partiers Who Support Donald Trump Are Racist. On Tuesday, talk radio host Glenn Beck accused the Tea Party supporters of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump of being racists. While he questioned whether Trump's supporters are genuine Tea Partiers, Beck said of them, "If you were a Tea Party person, then you were lying. You were lying. It was about Barack Obama being black. It was about him being a Democrat." Although he later identified fellow talk show host Sean Hannity as a Tea Party supporter who thinks Trump is "a great guy," Beck said that he simply disagrees with Hannity about Trump.
Tea Party Activists Blast Beck Over Racism Charges. Glenn Beck's very public psychological disintegration is reaching new levels. On Tuesday [9/15/2015], he made an unsubstantiated claim on his nationally syndicated radio program about the character of Tea Party activists who support Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Black Conservative Son Educates Dad on Dems' Race Lies. [Scroll down] I informed Dad that Rep. Andre Carson of the Congressional Black Caucus said the Tea Party wants to see blacks hanging from a tree. This vile hatemonger politician ignored the fact that many Tea Party folks voted for Obama before he began unilaterally implementing socialist policies — a key component of his hostile takeover/fundamental transformation of America.
Trey Gowdy Doesn't Take Too Kindly to Suggestion That GOP is Racist. Is racism the underlying reason why congressional Republicans oppose the president's decision to stop deporting some five million illegal immigrants? That's preposterous, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said emphatically at a congressional hearing earlier this week.
NRSC wants my money so they can support "proud conservative candidates". In case you're wondering, the answer is yes: The NRSC is indeed the same establishment group that spent $800,000 turning out Democrats to pick the Republican nominee in Mississippi earlier this week by, among other things, labeling the actual conservative candidate and his supporters as racists.
Radio ads in Mississippi senate race accused tea party candidate of Ku Klux Klan links. A series of three racially charged radio ads that ran in rural Mississippi on Election Day played a role in driving black Democrats to vote in a Republican primary run-off election. MailOnline has exclusively obtained audio of the ads. They were broadcast 48 times in a 12-hour period Tuesday on WMGO-AM radio in the town of Canton, and urged black Mississippians to cross party lines and support GOP Sen. Thad Cochran in his smash-mouth contest against tea party insurgent Chris McDaniel.
GOP consultant: Tea party complaints 'racist and stupid'. "There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that's decided by liberal Democrats," McDaniel said to a roar from supporters on election night in Hattiesburg.
Who Paid for Race-Baiting Flier in Mississippi? Who paid for it? Who will investigate it? Who will apologize for it? "It" being the flier distributed in the Mississippi Senate GOP primary, [...] whose headline reads: "The Tea Party intends to prevent blacks from voting on Tuesday." The flier says that the Tea Party uses the word "Democrats" as "code" for blacks.
Fmr. NAACP President: Tea Party's Disrespect Toward Obama Drove Politics 'Into a Ditch'. Benjamin Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, appeared on MSNBC on Thursday and praised Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks before the National Action Network, in which he implied that both he and President Barack Obama suffer race-based indignities from conservatives. Jealous said the nation should count itself "blessed" to have such an honest attorney general and blamed the tea party for the racial antipathy directed at White House officials.
Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder: 'Vile' for Wall Street Journal to Call Movement Racist. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin told Breitbart News, "it's sad and unfortunate that we're seeing another rant from another person who is completely disconnected from grassroots conservatives and knows nothing about the Tea Party except what he hears on MSNBC." Martin was referring to columnist William Galston, who wrote that the Tea Party was a mob and "offers nothing except nostalgia for a demography that is in retreat and a Constitution that never was."
Tea Party "Mean and Racist" Rangel Says. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) has suggested Tea Partiers were racists before, but was far blunter in a NY1 appearance Tuesday night [3/18/2014] in which he said they are "mean racist people." Rangel managed to rip the self-style group of conservative in the same few sentences in which he mocked President Obama.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright slams tea party as 'a 2.0 upgrade of a lynch party'. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright — known for his perceived anti-American rhetoric and ties to President Obama — has come out strong against the tea party, blasting them in a speech as akin to a lynch mob. "We've got some unfinished business on the agenda, with one branch of the tea party being nothing but a 2.0 upgrade of a lynch party," Mr. Wright said at a Martin Luther King Day event in Delaware, according to the Wilmington News-Journal. "We've got some unfinished business on the agenda, with some folks doing everything they can to get that black man out of their White House."
Grayson Defends Burning-Cross Image. Representative Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) is standing by his campaign's use of a burning cross in a fundraising e-mail to illustrate a comparision between the Tea Party and the Klu Klux Klan. "If the shoe fits, wear it," he said in a written statement.
U.S. Representative Puts Burning Cross in Fundraising Email. Alan Grayson, the Democratic representative from Florida's 9th congressional district, sent out a fundraising email that showed a burning cross used to represent the "T" in Tea Party.
Liberal rep. compares Tea Party to KKK in fundraising pitch. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), a liberal firebrand known for his controversial comments, compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in an email to supporters that features a photo of a burning cross.
Hatred Of Tea Party Crosses The Line. As liberals obsess over the name of a football team, they ignore hate speech spewing from their own ranks over Americans' exercise of constitutional rights.
Cokie Roberts on MSNBC: 'Some... Tea Party anger is racist'. Responding to a question about whether tea party opposition to Democrats might subside a bit if Hillary Clinton jumped into the presidential race, "Morning Joe" panelist Cokie Roberts proclaimed, "I also think — and just calling it — that some of this tea party anger is racist and that having a non-black person on the ticket will defuse it to some degree."
Charlie's crackers. The hoopla began with a Rangel slam against the Tea Party: "It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," the Harlem congressman told Politico. "They didn't care about how they looked." In other words, the Tea Partiers are the heirs of Bull Connor and the segregationists.
Julian Bond backs IRS tea party targeting. Civil rights icon Julian Bond defended the IRS for targeting tea party groups, on Tuesday, labeling them "the Taliban wing of American politics." "I think it's entirely legitimate to look at the tea party," Bond said on MSNBC. "Here are [sic] a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who've tried as best they can to harm President Obama in every way they can."James Earl Jones: The Tea Party is Racist. This is disappointing. There have been persistent rumors that James Earl Jones had conservative leanings. But on a radio show this past Sunday [7/8/2012], he admits that he spends a lot of time watching MSNBC and that he believes the Tea Party is racist.
Celebrate Black History Month: Slap a Leftist!. [Scroll down] Racism once meant a belief that some races were inferior to others. It now refers to any misspoken word or gesture or slightly untoward attitude that might be used to silence a conservative or at least prevent dependent blacks from listening to him. Just watch the ugly, twisted, dishonest, and corrupt attempts by the network news media and others to paint the Tea Party movement as racist per se. Why do that to innocent Americans whose agenda has nothing to do with race at all?
Samuel L. Jackson: Tea Party Is Racist. Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson has issued his opinion: The Tea Party is racist. In his assessment, he follows other stars of the silver screen such as Morgan Freeman, Jon Hamm, and Janeane Garofalo, as well as a former top executive of National Public Radio and members of the American Political Science Association and the Congressional Black Caucus.
5 Reasons Black Americans Should Give Up On The Democratic Party. [Scroll down] All this is worth noting because I do know what real ... racism looks like. If you listened to the Democratic Party, you'd think most conservatives are that way. However, I've never personally seen anyone behave that way at a Tea Party, at a blogger convention, or at any Republican event I've ever attended. Moreover, I don't personally know a single blogger, Tea Partier, or conservative politico who makes racist remarks behind the scenes.
Dishonest, Divisive Democrats. The Democrats can't defend their record, so they believe they have no choice but to smear their political opponents. We saw it with the Tea Party. ... Now we are seeing a rerun. Just as the Democrats fabricated the claim that Tea Partiers shouted the N-word at Democratic Congressmen, they are perpetrating the myth that the Republican debate audience in Florida booed a gay serviceman. In fact, one or at most two people booed. The person who booed has not been identified, and we don't know whether he (or they) was even a Republican.
Academics dub tea partyers devout, racist. Two years after it burst onto the political scene, the tea party is getting a critical eye from political science academics who say the movement's adherents are knowledgeable and religiously devout — but hypocritical and more likely to be motivated by "racial resentment."
Tea Party group: Rep. Andre Carson should resign. The nation's largest Tea Party organization is calling for a Democratic congressman to resign after he said Tea Party lawmakers would like nothing more than seeing black people "hanging on a tree." Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots described Rep. Andre Carson's remarks as "disgusting" and "hateful" in a statement to the [New York] Daily News. "Rep. Carson should immediately resign from Congress," it read. The Indiana lawmaker and leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus made the shocking remarks at an Aug. 22 jobs event in Miami sponsored by the caucus.
Andre Carson: Tea party wants blacks 'hanging on a tree'. A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African-Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.
Rep. Carson stands by tea party racism blast. A spokesman for Democratic Rep. Andre Carson said the Indiana representative and member of the Congressional Black Caucus is not backing down from comments he made previously, when he said members of the tea party movement on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans "hanging on a tree." Jason Tomsci, Carson's aide, confirmed the comments and reaffirmed the sentiment.
Top 10 Most Obnoxious Hollywood Liberals. [#8] Janeane Garofalo: This B-list actress and Air America refugee has taken left-wing hate speech to a new level with her rhetorical blasts aimed at the Tea Party. Here is a sample of her rants: "It's about hating a black man in the White House. That is racism straight up. This is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks," and, "The functionally retarded adults, the racists -- with their cries of, 'I want my country back.' What they're really saying is, 'I want my white guy back.'"
Racism, Injustice, and the Left. The policies of Barack Obama have resulted in two and a half years of misery for most Americans, of all stripes. He is the worst president this nation has ever seen, by almost any measure, and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin.
Herman Cain: Tea Party racism claims are "ridiculous". Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told Hotsheet Wednesday [6/8/2011] that racist accusations about the movement are "ridiculous." "I have been speaking to Tea Parties, Americans for Prosperity, since 2009, before it was cool," Cain said, before pointing to victories in recent straw polls. "...If the Tea Party organization is racist, why does the black guy keep winning all these straw polls?"
What's Your Tea Party Story? Democrat former House majority leader Nancy Pelosi tried to portray the tea party as heavily corporate funded Astroturf. Actress Janeane Garofalo said the tea party is a bunch of redneck racists against a black president. The NAACP officially proclaimed the Tea Party racist. Even Obama himself said our tea party movement is motivated by race. All of them are wrong.
Obama Calling Tea Party Racist Reveals A Far More Disturbing Reality. The Democrats and the liberal mainstream media sold the American people on Obama, "the man." Despite Obama's zero experience at running anything, they said a leader with his spirit and heart was "what we have been waiting for". Fearful of criticizing our first black president, politicians politely say, "President Obama's policies have been unfruitful," while ignoring the huge elephant in America's living room. The elephant of which I speak and America's major problem is "Obama, the man"; socialist, divisive and evil.
Running on the Race Track. Obama says that the Tea Party movement is inspired by race, by a sense that minorities are getting all these goodies from Washington. They are motivated, the President thinks, by "a subterranean agenda." This is such a piece of hackery and flackery, of puffery and guffery, of foolery and fakery. Politics at its rankest masquerading as analysis at its frankest. There is so much dirty laundry being aired here that I simply had to make a list. Every trick in the old, old playbook is on display.
Obama Plays the Race Card. If Barack Obama really thinks that the Tea Partiers are aggrieved because they want to get their hands into the public till — the federal government was bailing out others but "wasn't helping them nearly enough" — then he is far more obtuse than I had suspected. More likely, he knows better but can't resist his hyperpartisan habit of always attributing bad motives to his political opponents. It strikes me as self-evident that the Tea Party movement has nothing to do with race. It is about out of control government spending and debt. What does that have to do with race? Nothing.
Obama and the Tea Party — the race card keeps on turning. The same arguments keep coming up again and again. The left keeps accusing the right of racism and the right keeps denying it, demanding evidence, which is never forthcoming. Not once. But that doesn't stop the left. They continue the accusations — and the president, at least according to [Kenneth T.] Walsh, believes them.
When Will Al Sharpton Collect the $10,000 Breitbart Racial Invective Video Prize? There is $10,000 just waiting to be picked up by Al Sharpton. That is the prize money that Andrew Breitbart has offered to anyone who can reveal a video of Tea Party protestors in Washington, D.C. on March 20 who supposedly screamed the N-word at Congressman John Lewis.
Did someone mention Al Sharpton?
More Lies Exposed in 'Phantom N-Word Tale'. We all know the story by now. Rep. Andre Carson (D-In) says that he and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) were assaulted with racial slurs by Tea Party protesters as they walked down the step of the Cannon office building and headed to the Capitol on March 20th. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo) also told reporters that he heard the 'N-word' as he was walking a few yards behind Rep. Lewis. "It was like a chorus", Rep. Cleaver said. Only problem is: Rep. Cleaver wasn't there.
Obama's Poll Numbers Down, Imaginary Racism Up. [Scroll down] Most sickeningly, the mainstream media continue to spread the despicable lie that someone called civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis the "N-word" 15 times during the anti-ObamaCare rally in Washington. Fifteen times! That turned out to be another lie. About a week after the protest, Andrew Breitbart offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who could produce a video of Lewis being called the N-word even once — forget 15 times. (That's the most we can afford. Hey, who do we look like over here, George Soros?)
Opposed to Obamacare? Then You Must Be a Racist. As the ever-tolerant [Frank] Rich reasons: "The conjunction of a black President and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play." So that's it. It's just a bunch of scared, white males who would yelp about anything this gang came up with.
It's Time For the Black Caucus Race Hustlers to Apologize. On Saturday March 20th the leftist media reported what they described as a horrible story from their sources at the conservative-hating Huffington Post. ... At least one report said that it was "a chorus" of racist hatred. Another report said the Congressional members heard the n-word at least 15 times. Reporters from ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX News, (including Bill O'Reilly), MSNBC, and so on, repeated this horrible story. Unfortunately, it was a fake. The media had no evidence... Nothing. As the story was a complete fabrication. It was totally made up.
Obama's white-flight problem. Desperate Democrats and their co-conspirators in the media are busy trying to whip up a race war. "The health care bill is not the main source of this anger and never has been. It's merely a handy excuse," Frank Rich wrote in a recent New York Times column. Their line is that all those opposed to the president's radical agenda are racists who resent having a black man as president. It is a moldy, old smear, but as approval ratings for Mr. Obama sink below 50 percent, it is being revisited with increasing fervor.
Bachmann says Pelosi wanted to 'incite' Tea Partiers. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wanted to "incite something" when she led Democratic lawmakers through a Tea Party protest on the day healthcare was passed, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said last night. Democrats have claimed that Tea Partiers shouted the "n" word at black lawmakers as they made their way across the street before the vote. Conservatives, including Bachmann, have said Democrats are fabricating that incident.
Barack Obama's Helter-Skelter Plans to 'Deconstruct' America: [Scroll down] The Democratic Party is trying to signal to the black community and to progressive media types that the way to push back against the Tea Party and Republicans is to use the reliable race card by provoking a racial incident. The ensuing rhetoric about the bill and about the nature of the Tea Party is based upon repeated talking points. Propaganda. Everyone is on message that Republicans and Tea Partiers are racist -- a divisive and dangerous argument, so lacking in any shred of evidence save for the fact that the majority in the Tea Party, as in America itself, is white.
Black Dem Race Exploiters Trash Tea Party. So, I am on the Tea Party Express bus traveling to our next rally in Omaha, NE when the faces of black Democrats Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel appear on TV on the Fox News Channel. Both were saying racism was at the core of the Tea Party protesters' disagreement with Obama. ... These two race exploiters are calling the Tea Party protesters racist. Meanwhile, I am a black performer/activist traveling on my third national Tea Party Express tour.
Look Who Cares About Civility Now. Here's a very effective video montage of Rep. Maxine Waters decrying incivility today — and helping to contribute to it during the Bush years. Now, I'll admit that Rep. Waters is hard to take very seriously because she is so far on the fringe of American politics. But in this instance, she is emblematic of the hypocrisy among many liberals and Democrats these days, who have suddenly discovered they have very delicate sensibilities when it comes to public discourse.
Humor vs. Contempt: Obama and the Question of Character. [Scroll down slowly] Nowadays you find tea partiers accused of racism, violence, and disloyalty, never mind that the left-liberal establishment can point to no examples of these torts. The thing to grasp is that those making the accusations do not feel called upon to offer examples. The guilt of the tea-partiers transcends anything so pedestrian as actual behavior. Tea partiers are like "class enemies" under Stalin: guilty by definition.
Tea Party 'N-Word' Incident Didn't Happen. [Scroll down] Now this story is much more important than the accusation of fifteen racists among the thousands of protesters that day. This is now about the accusers. It's not just that Congressmen Carson's accusation of an extraordinary racist verbal assault by the tea party participants on March 20 doesn't appear to have occurred, it's that the accusers have now gone into the bunker and, having raised the incendiary subject, are doing everything they can to avoid the discussion. Why? What's changed?
Race and the Tea Parties. Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government — the tea-party movement — regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white. This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration. But there are two other facts that are far more troubling: The first is the observation itself. The fact that the Left believes that the preponderance of whites among tea partiers invalidates the tea-party movement tells us much more about the Left than it does about the tea partiers.
More about Race-based Political Opportunism.
5 Eyewitness Examples Proving Tea Parties Not Racist. I'm black tea party patriot Lloyd Marcus. I have attended over 200 tea parties nationwide as a spokesperson and performing my "American Tea Party Anthem" on the Tea Party Express. Incredibly, liberal radio interviewers and their callers and liberal TV interviewers who have not attended a single tea party have vigorously confronted me with accusations of unabated racism in the tea parties. Their beliefs and impression of the tea parties are based on undocumented lies and hearsay shamelessly reported by the liberal mainstream media as fact.
Using Race to Discredit the Tea Party Movement. Black conservative leaders from around the country gathered in Washington on Wednesday to denounce the NAACP for its resolution charging that elements of the Tea Party movement are racist.
Black Political Activists: Tea Party 'Not Racist'. Black political activists who also call themselves members of the Tea Party movement on Wednesday [8/4/2010] rebuked charges of racism running rampant in the group. At a news conference in Washington, the black members asserted that the Tea Party is not at all racist and that the accusations come from outsiders trying to discredit and sabotage the movement.
Tea Partiers: Do You Still Beat Your Wife? Here's The Narrative of the leftist establishment: Tea Partiers oppose Barack Obama because he is black. Also, they embrace white supremacy, they use racial epitaphs, and they hoist signs dripping with the vilest racial hate. That's The Narrative promoted by the mainstream media, by the NAACP, and by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Narrative paints the Tea Party as racist. But the leftist establishment is careful not to directly come out and say such harsh things — the falsity is just too obvious. They just want to nudge The Narrative along.
Black Conservatives Confront NAACP on Racism Charge. Black conservatives denounced the NAACP on Wednesday over the group's accusation of racism in the Tea Party movement, saying they have attended numerous Tea Party events without seeing signs of racism. NAACP delegates recently passed a resolution condemning what their website describes as "extremist elements" in the Tea Party, pointing to unsubstantiated accusations of racial language used against members of Congress during the healthcare debate earlier this year.
Slaves on the Government Plantation. At a recent press event sponsored by the Tea Party Express, some of America's most prominent leaders in the movement spoke out about race and charges of racism being hurled at the tea parties by the Obama administration, the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP. In his remarks at the event, former Reagan administration ambassador Alan Keyes spoke of "rampant exploitation of the history of black Americans" by the Obama administration, using race as an instrument of political war to enslave all Americans.
Race War A'Comin'? Obama is serious about redistribution by racial favors and quotas, and the legislation supported by his administration always provides preference and sets aside boilerplate that plays to the set asides and preferences bias. Obama and his administration are not post-racial at all. Now America is gasping for air with the Obama socialist boot on its neck. Tea Party people have to push ahead and must not be hesitant or afraid.
Hatred and Anti-Semitism From The Progressives Who Call The Tea Party Racist. The progressive world is usually very quick to place the "bigot" label on people. The people who opposed the ground zero mosque are Islamophobes, critics of the President are doing so because Obama is partially of African descent. It is interesting that some of the same progressive media that tries to brand the tea party movement as racist spews bigoted venom against Jews.
Inestimable Harm. If I have learned one thing from life, it is that race is the engine that drives the political Left. When all else fails, that segment of America goes to the default position of using race to achieve its objectives. In the courtrooms, on college campuses, and, most especially, in our politics, race is a central theme. Where it does not naturally rise to the surface, there are those who will manufacture and amplify it. Such is the case with the claims that the "Tea Partiers" are a bunch of racists and that many of them spat upon members of the Congressional Black Caucus and called them "n*****s." I am convinced beyond any doubt that all of this is part of the strategic plan being implemented by the Left in its current campaign to remake America.
Removing the race card from the deck. It is hard to lend any credence to the claim of Tea Party racism to begin with, much less now given how much excitement has coalesced around Herman Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO, radio talk-show host and successful businessman. And after what I've seen of him, what's not to like about Cain?
Rep. Carson Stands By Tea Party/Lynching Remarks. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), the second Muslim to serve in Congress, has created an enormous controversy by following Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-CA) lead and lashing out at the Tea Party and its supporters in Congress.
Obamacare: the 'Racists' Were Right. One of the causes Andrew Breitbart cared about most passionately was disproving the lie that Tea Party members had hurled the "N-word" — not once, but more than a dozen times — at black members of Congress as they marched through a large crowd of anti-Obamacare protestors on Capitol Hill in March 2010. The mainstream media had used that fabricated charge to malign the Tea Party — and all opposition to Obamacare.
Raaaaaaacists! We're constantly being told we're racists and that conservatism is full of racist codes and dog whistles aimed at conservatives. And yet the only people who consistently decipher these codes or hear these dog whistles are liberals themselves.
Those crazy, lone-wolf, low level IRS employees. Frank Rich of the New York Times and Dana Milbank of The Washington Post painted Tea Partiers as violent, racist rednecks, with Rich going so far as to compare Tea Partiers' protests against Obamacare to Kristallnacht. [...] Despite the presence of multitudes of cameras and microphones at the moment of claimed racial slurs on CapitolHill on that weekend of the health care reform vote, no audio or video evidence has been brought forth. To this day, despite the fact that Andrew Brietbart had offered a $100,000 reward, no one has stepped forward with evidence this ever actually occurred.
Dem Pollster Shocked to Find No Racism in Tea Partiers, So They Invent Some. [Scroll down] "We know that Evangelicals are the largest bloc in the base, with the Tea Party very strong as Well," the memo reads. They feign shock at the notion that Republicans view President Barack Obama as a "liar" and a "manipulator," two designations that the majority of American voters would agree with but to which the Democratic base's Pavlovian response is to point and shriek "racism." Indeed, the pollsters even confess that they "expected" to find more racism among Republican voters. "We expected that in this comfortable setting or in their private written notes, some would make a racial reference or racist slur when talking about the African American President," they confess. "None did."
Professor blames 'southern white radicals' for Obamacare debacle. A professor who teaches constitutional law courses at the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice penned a Christmas Day essay blaming "southern White radicals" for the disastrous, slow-motion train wreck failure that has been the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The essay, by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall at the website Politics in Color, is entitled "2013: A Year of Racial Challenges." "[S]outhern White radicals vowed to stop implementation of the Obama-care law leading one to wonder if Tea Party members would oppose affordable healthcare if it came from a nonBlack [sic] President," writes Browne-Marshall.
The NAACP vs the Tea Party Movement
NAACP Declines To Condemn Left-Wing Racist Attacks On Justice Thomas. The NAACP is quick to play the race card when it means defending a left-wing agenda. In fact, they partnered with Think Progress and Media Matters and New Left Media to launch teapartytracker.org, a website that publishes and monitors what they consider "racism and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement." But after lefty moonbats at a Soros-funded anti-Koch rally made unambiguously racist comments [about] Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ... The race card was nowhere to be found.
Michelle Obama Rouses NAACP Before Vote Condemning 'Racist' Elements of Tea Party. First Lady Michelle Obama brought renewed energy to the NAACP today, delivering the keynote speech at the annual convention one day before the nation's largest civil rights group is expected to condemn what it calls racist elements in the Tea Party movement. The nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization will vote on the resolution Tuesday [7/13/2010] during its annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.
Black Activists Condemn NAACP Resolution Against Tea Party Movement. As the NAACP plans to use their group's prestige to bash the tea party movement, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are urging delegates at the NAACP's national convention not to turn the NAACP into a pawn for progressive political bosses.
NAACP will vote today on whether you are a racist. I have not seen a single interview of any Tea Partier — and certainly of any credible movement leader — who did not repudiate and denounce racism when asked. I hope they all continue to repudiate it, but I don't really think that's what the NAACP is trying to accomplish here.
NAACP Passes Tea Party Racism Resolution. The NAACP has passed a resolution condemning racism in the Tea Party movement. The resolution was approved in a vote by more than 2,000 delegates at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Kansas City.
Tea Party Is Dealt The Race Card. The NAACP, in crafting a resolution condemning racism in the Tea Party movement, seems to have forgotten those Black Panthers with clubs intimidating voters and wanting to kill white people. The "angry mobs" that reshaped the 2010 political landscape are angry white racist mobs, at least according to a resolution proposed by the NAACP at its annual convention this week in Kansas City, Mo.
Black Tea Party Spokesperson Rebukes NAACP Resolution Against Tea Parties. The NAACP Resolution proclaiming the Tea Party Movement to be racist is motivated by hate and fear. Though well disguised in intellectual rhetoric, underneath festers hate and fear. Along with their underlying resentment of whites and non forgiveness of America's sins of the past, the NAACP has become zealots for the religion of Progressivism which preaches victimhood-ism and entitlement. The NAACP are the true racists whose secret motto is "Keep Hate & Victimhood-ism Alive."
NAACP had no business condemning tea partiers. By the time its annual convention in Kansas City is concluded, the NAACP will have held a series of votes, endorsed a slew of resolutions and discussed any number of issues. But only one will be remembered: Its resolution condemning "racist elements" among the tea partiers. It was inappropriate, narrow-minded and divisive, a move that will only cement the aging organization's growing reputation as a repository of partisan hacks. It will do far more harm than good in a political environment already simmering with contentiousness, suspicion and race-related grievances.
NAACP Won't Release Text of Tea Party Resolution Until October. The NAACP will not release the actual text of its resolution condemning "racist elements" within the Tea Party movement until October, when the organization's board gives it final approval, a spokesman for the group has told me.
Liberals Crash Tea Party, But Stay Silent On Black Panther Hate Talk. Over the past year, members of the liberal media, progressive politicians and the Hollywood elite have demonized the Tea Party movement partly by claiming that that Tea Partiers are a fringe group driven by racial animosity. Now, faced with unequivocally racist antics by members of the New Black Panther Party, the progressive establishment seems devoid of passion to root out hatred.
NAACP plays latest race card against tea party. [Scroll down] The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People played a big race card, accusing the libertarian-leaning tea party movement of harboring racists. ... Now the NAACP, an organization with a historic role in civil rights, seems to be taking [Jesse] Jackson's path to irrelevancy. At its national convention in Kansas City, Mo., this week, the NAACP offered a resolution condemning what they call "racist elements" in the anti-big government tea party movement.
The New Black Panther Party Are the Real Racists. I condemn the NAACP. Instead of criticizing tea parties, the NAACP would be better served denouncing the racist comments made by a member of the New Black Panther Party and its voter intimidation outside a Philadelphia polling place in the last presidential election. As a frequent speaker at tea party rallies around the country, I can assure the NAACP that the tea party movement's concerns are about President Obama's policies and not his race.
NAACP Direct Tie to Black Panthers. In the past 24 hours [7/14/2010], more than a few pundits and writers have noted that the NAACP resolution accusing Tea Partiers of racism is hard to swallow when the NAACP seems unconcerned with the New Black Panther voting intimidation case. Their points would be valid by analogy only. Their points are even more valid, though, because of a direct, rather than just analagous, tie between the NAACP and the Panther case.
How Can I Prove I am Not a Racist? How do you prove you are not a racist? I, my husband, and several members of my family have attended several Tea Party events and rallies, including a rally of over 100,000 in Washington, D.C. last September. According to the NAACP, and many members of the Democrat party establishment, my family and I are either racists ourselves, or we are tacitly supporting and enabling other racists in the Tea Party. So how do we defend our honor?
On being labeled as 'racist': A clear pattern of behavior has emerged over the last 16 months. According to liberals, if you disagree with their thinking, and if you disagree with the Obama administration, you are not only wrong, you are a "racist." The latest strike by the left comes from the NAACP, which has resolved that the tea party movement is inherently "racist." At its most simple, this is a direct attack on the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans. The NAACP has long history of liberalism and racism. If you are a conservative — including a conservative African-American — there is no room for you at the NAACP.
Racial politics is rising under Obama. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People put forward a resolution yesterday formally accusing the Tea Party movement of racism. That's ironic coming from an organization whose mission is to promote the fortunes of one particular racial group. Post-racial America has yet to arrive for many black leaders. President Obama has shown little interest in leading the national dialogue on race he once proposed, and civil rights groups are unwilling or unable to reach beyond their usual tired rhetoric.
ABC Hypes NAACP Indictment of Tea Party as Racist, a Smear the Network Stoked. Four months after ABC's World News spent a weekend defaming anti-ObamaCare Tea Party protesters as "very ugly" with "reports of racial and homophobic slurs," citing "protesters roaming Washington, some of them increasingly emotional, yelling slurs and epithets," Tuesday's newscast, unlike those on CBS and NBC, credentialed the NAACP's charge that the "Tea Party movement is a threat to the pursuit of human rights, justice and equality for all."
Backpedaling at full speed:
Revs. Sharpton, Jackson downplay tea party issue. The Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton sought Wednesday [7/14/2010] to steer attention away from an NAACP resolution condemning racism within the tea party movement, saying focus should remain on jobs and an upcoming march in Washington.
Look Who's Talking. Rescuing itself from the obscurity it richly deserves, the NAACP has found a way back onto the front page: accuse the tea party movement of harboring racists. ... [Ben] Jealous might revisit the Sermon on the Mount. "Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged. ... Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"
The Slow, Painful Decline of the NAACP. The NAACP approved a resolution recently condemning the Tea Party's fringe element of their movement for "explicitly racist behavior." It would require a flow chart the likes of which have not been seen since the days of health reform to explain all of the ways this is wrong. For starters, the mere act of criticizing a black president is not racist. Nor is it racist to raise the public consciousness to the very important issues of spiraling debt, misguided bailouts, and a series of social policies that may bankrupt the country. Our nation benefits from uninhibited discussion about these serious issues. Very simply, when movements — Tea Party or otherwise — openly debate these issues, the truth rises up.
The NAACP vs. the Tea Party. From the beginning of its ascent, the tea party has been targeted by the far left in America. They fear the populist movement because of its small-government philosophy and its successful activism. The cheapest, easiest way to attack any political opponent is to level accusations of bigotry. Almost every conservative broadcaster and columnist in America has been subjected to that. The NAACP picked a bad time to brand the tea party with the racist label.
The Ku Klux Klan, Terrorist Wing of the Democratic Party. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has falsely accused the Tea Party of having ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Speaking at the NAACP convention, she said: "All those who wore sheets a long time ago lifted them off to wear Tea Party clothing." ... It would have been far more truthful for the congresswoman to have admitted the fact that all those who wore sheets a long time ago lifted them to wear Democratic Party clothing. Yes, the Ku Klux Klan was established by the Democratic Party.
The NAACP's Racist Agenda. Through its double vision racial lens, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is falsely declaring as racist Tea Party Movement activists — average Americans who do not agree with the socialist agenda of the Democratic Party — while hypocritically giving a pass to Democrats who engage in real racism.
NAACP Spits into the Wind — with Obvious Results. At the July 2010 NAACP "One Nation One Dream" Convention, the NAACP spit into the wind hoping to damage the growing Tea Party movement and avoid the Democrats losing any of their power following the November elections. But spitting into the wind can be risky, and in the NAACP's case, it resulted in revealing the organization's own racist dishonesty.
Race Card Fraud. [Scroll down] This is not the first time that an organization with an honorable and historic mission has eventually degenerated into a tawdry racket. But that an organization like the NAACP, after years of fighting against genuine racism, should now be playing the game of race card fraud is especially painful to see. Some critics of the Tea Party have seized upon banners carried at one of its rallies that compared Obama with Hitler and Stalin. Extreme? Yes. But there was nothing racist about it, since extreme comparisons have been made about politicians of every race, color, creed, nationality, ideology and sexual preference.
What the NAACP/Tea Party Battle is Really About. The NAACP and its numerous allies have for decades led the charge to expand government power, including intruding into areas once considered absolutely off-limits to Washington, let alone local government. Tea Partiers are not libertarians but they've had enough with government power run amok. This disagreement is, to use Thomas Sowell's words, an unbridgeable conflict of visions: the tea party's agenda, even stripped of any racial component contravenes the NAACP's raison d'être so when the NAACP complains about insensitivities, it is just saying "You intend to destroy us."
Top 10 Examples of NAACP Racism. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) condemned the Tea Party movement last month for alleged bigotry within its ranks. The mainstream always seems extreme to extremists. As the following top-ten list demonstrates, the NAACP, a hotbed of political hotheads in recent years, isn't the best organization to be lecturing others about extremism.
Black tea party members dispute racist claims. Black members of the tea party movement on Wednesday [8/4/2010] rejected charges that the group's activists are racist, saying they oppose President Barack Obama because of his policies not his skin color.
NAACP Mounts New Attempt to Discredit Tea Party Movement. In what promises to be yet another attempt to play the race card against the tea party movement, the NAACP teamed up with the little-known Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights on a yet-to-be released study that alleges tea party ties to hate groups. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network who are also involved in tea party activism expect this new report will be long on claims and short on facts.
Why I Won't Be Reading the NAACP's Report on Tea Party Racism. The NAACP has become a creator, not a fighter, of racism. They are in the racism business, fanning the flames in order to survive, and I won't be reading their shameful, phony propagandistic report on the supposed bigotry in the Tea Party movement just being issued today [10/20/2010] in time for the election.
The NAACP's Unhealthy Tea Party Obsession. The gulf between the priorities of civil rights leaders and the actual needs of the people they claim to represent has been growing for decades. And the trend continues with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's release of "Tea Party Nationalism." The NAACP passed a resolution in July condemning "racist elements and activities" in the tea party. Now it has issued a report that accuses the movement of giving a "platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots."
Sell-outs at the NAACP. The Tea Party has steadfastly held to a few core principles: limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. The NAACP leaders have made it their mission to paint these objective and decidedly race-neutral positions into "white-supremacist beliefs." The difficulty, of course is that there has never been a sign on the Tea Party door saying "whites only." There is a difference between a blocked door and a door through which one refuses to enter.
Top Ten Tea Party Patriots of the Year. The NAACP's attack sparked a historic gathering of black conservatives to defend the Tea Party Movement. The first national black conservative press conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and hosted by Tea Party Express. White America's response to the press conference was extremely emotional. Many expressed how refreshing and unique it was to see blacks who were proud Americans without resentment.
More about the NAACP.
One Nation: the anti-Tea Party rally
Even with paid protesters bused in by the unions, the event was a flop compared to the Tea Party friendly "Restoring Honor" event held in August. There just aren't that many people in the U.S. who are enthusiastic about socialism.
One Trillion Attend One Nation Rally. The One Nation rally had empty streets and by all reports parking spaces aplenty. As also shown in the fenced-in photo linked [in this article], the side overflow areas lacked any crowds whatsoever. Photo after photo from Twitter throughout the day showed gaping holes in the "crowd" shots.
'One Nation Working Together' Rally Claims Bigger Numbers Than 'Restoring Honor'. Organizers of today's [10/2/2010] "One Nation Together Rally" are claiming that, based on a "satellite image," there are definitively more people on the Washington Mall today than there were on the 29th of August. Congratulations, liberals! Except "Restoring Honor" was on the 28th.
At 'One Nation' rally, a unionized show of unity. Organizers of Saturday's "One Nation Working Together" rally at the Lincoln Memorial are proud of their diversity. Before the event, they predicted it would be the "most diverse march in history." It turned out they were right. Looking around the rally, there were Teamsters Local 311, Service Employees International Union Local 1199, Communications Workers of America Local 2336, American Federation of Teachers Local 1, United Auto Workers Amalgamated Local 171, Transport Workers Union Local 100, and representatives of many, many other unions. That's a lot of diversity.
15 Photos From the OneNation Rally You'll Never See In Legacy Media.
Compare and Contrast Crowd Shots. OneNation vs. Glenn Beck rally on August28.
One Nation Rally Picture Guaranteed to Haunt Media. The media — and especially MSNBC's Ed Schultz — were hoping for a huge turnout at Saturday's "One Nation" rally in Washington, D.C. So hopeful were so-called journalists that this liberal event would top the attendance of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in August that Schultz even "guaranteed" on his radio show that he "could do more than 300,000."
Progressives and Communists: Out of the Closet — Together. A close look at the Saturday "One Nation" rally in Washington reveals something quite telling. It was a major gathering of the "progressive" left, highly billed, vigorously promoted. And it happened to include — in fact, it warmly accepted — the endorsement of Communist Party USA. Expectedly, a bunch of the rally's endorsers carried the word "progress" or "progressive" in their title, from People's Organization for Progress to Progressive Democrats of America. More still unhesitatingly describe themselves as progressive, from racial eugenicist Margaret Sanger's Planned Parenthood to Norman Lear's heirs at People for the American Way, plus the usual suspects from the "social justice" Religious Left. And then, too, there was CPUSA.
Communist, Socialist 'Partners' of One Nation Protest Left out of News Accounts. An official NAACP video for Saturday's One Nation rally (featuring their leader Ben Jealous, among others) claims that their movement includes "Conservatives and moderates, progressives and liberals." But a look at the actual "endorsing organizations" on the One Nation website doesn't list conservative groups, but it does include the Communist Party USA, the Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (founded as a "moderate" wing of the CPUSA), the International Socialist Organization (publishers of SocialistWorker.org), and the Democratic Socialists of America (as well as?its Chicago, Detroit, and New York chapters). And the liberals get mad when you associate them with socialism. Well, what are these groups doing on this list, then? Where are the media worrying about "fringes" and "extremists"?
Communists and Red Hand Clappers: A Report from the Progressive Rally. Various communist and socialist groups were photographed and filmed during the October 2 "One Nation Working Together" rally in Washington, D.C. But groups can show up at any event they want to and there is not much that organizers can do about it. The real controversy lies in whether they were officially invited to participate. In this context, the involvement of the Communist Party USA, a group that served as a subversive pawn of Moscow for decades, is relevant and newsworthy.
Was the image of the One Nation crowd false? The One Nation Working Together staff doesn't think its website — which bears an image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s original 1963 March on Washington, overlaid with text thanking attendees and asking them to submit photos and stories from the group's 10-2-10 rally — misleads online visitors. One Nation website staffer Aimee Castenell told The Daily Caller that because she knows the photo is from the 1963 march, she's doesn't think it implies anything about the One Nation rally.
'One Nation' ... Under Socialism. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in the case of the "One Nation" rally it was also the sincerest form of futility. Despite the usual media puffery, this cycle's enthusiasm gap was clearly visible.
Media Needs to Start Grilling Dems about Weekend's Communist Hate Rally in Washington. For the last year and a half the left and their activist old media have tried to dump on the Tea Party movement, hoping beyond hope they would find evidence of racism, sexism, Nazism, or any type of -ism that they could use to disparage and discredit Americans who love liberty. They never found it. ... Now, we have actual proof of the Communist/Democrat/Socialist Party holding a rally on the steps of the Washington Monument. Complete with signs equating Green Jobs with socialism, Obama supporters promoting socialism, anti-Israel signs, and on and on.
Liberal Media Concludes Size Doesn't Matter. The widely publicized, heavily subsidized "One Nation" rally was Saturday in Washington, D.C. As has been openly admitted by the organizers, which included the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and Obama's perpetual campaign organization Organizing for America, this rally was held in the same place and at basically the same time of the day as Glenn Beck's 8/28 "Restoring Honor" rally, specifically to demonstrate the depth of support for the president's program. The convention organizers had a number of advantages, perhaps the greatest being that the buses bringing in demonstrators were apparently subsidized by the rally organizers.
The 'One Nation' March — Today's Trade Unions and the Left. Not only was this rally divisive and one that could never unite America, but scores of its participants openly made clear their hatred for this country. ... Just take a look at who is part of this "coalition," — groups such as the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Council for La Raza, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, the communist International Answer anti-war group, Code Pink, the Apollo Alliance, the old CP front the US Peace Council, the Democratic Socialists of America, the far left International Socialist Organization, the split from the CP, the Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and yes — the Communist Party USA!
Left-Wing Crazies Take Their Turn. The stated intention of the One Nation rally was to promote an "antidote" rather than just a left-wing "alternative to the Tea Party," according to NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. The reality fell far short of that unifying goal. Instead, the rally offered a snapshot of the fragile coalition that is the contemporary far left — a dizzying array of activist organizations and identity politics, with financial muscle provided by the labor unions who bused their members in.
"One Nation" — as Long as It's Leftist. The amazing thing, the almost surreal thing, is that the over-riding message at the "One Nation" rally was that the government hasn't done nearly enough to fix America's problems. The notion that government is the problem and that more government just exacerbates the problem doesn't occur to them for a millisecond. Democrats control the White House, the Senate and the House. They've gotten their bailout, they've passed health care and they've raised taxes. Outside of passing a cap and trade bill, which some members of their own party opposed, progressives have been enormously successful at pushing forward their domestic agenda. Yet, the economic recovery and job creation that they predicted hasn't happened. According to the administration's own data, we're worse off now than we would have been without the hundreds of billions in bailouts. A logical person might look at that evidence and conclude that this whole big government intervention thing might not be the right way to go.
'One Nation' under Obama Has No Respect for America. The lack of respect from the One-Nation folks was ubiquitous — from the minute they got bussed in to the minute they left. No respect for the goodness of the country which has succored them from birth and given them more opportunities than any other in the world. No respect for the sacrifices of those gone before them in battle to secure their liberties. No respect for the businesses and taxpayers who support them. No respect for the ground upon which they cast their mountain of litter. And certainly no respect for the rights of other Americans to disagree with them on the "goodness" of socialism. From their manufactured signs to their drinking cups, these no-accounts dumped on America. From their stale, give-us-this and give-us-that demands, these people reminded me of a bunch of spoiled rotten teenagers, living in their father's house, demanding a higher limit on their AmEx cards. It was enough to make any mature person wretch from the gut.
They're All Socialists Now. I was stunned by the amount of obviously Bolshevik imagery that riddled the entire length of the One Nation rally. Such imagery has become a staple of the American Progressive movement — in particular the image of the raised fist of the worker. The worker's fist was shamelessly displayed upon thousands of signs and t-shirts, and I am certain that the vast majority of those carrying it were unaware of its origins and meaning. The fact that thousands of decent Americans, regardless of their political stripe, can be convinced to march around, wittingly or unwittingly, with Bolshevik images, demanding the implementation of socialist programs, is deeply troubling. When recent onetime presidential candidate Al Sharpton takes the stage and declares, "This is what America looks like," it is even worse.
Why Big Labor couldn't match Glenn Beck's rally. The nation's biggest, richest and most powerful labor unions spent months organizing the "One Nation Working Together" rally at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday. With midterm elections approaching, they hoped to put on a show of political strength to energize struggling Democratic candidates. But even after giving it everything they had, they still weren't able to draw as many people as Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in August. Why not? Because the labor movement is shrinking, aging and divided.
ABC Sanitizes Left Wing Rally, Excludes Communist and Socialist Signs. Good Morning America on Sunday recapped the liberal One Nation rally held on the nation's capital, Saturday, but skipped any mention of the socialist and Communist themed signs seen during the march. These are some of the signs that were featured during reporter Tahman Bradley's segment: "Peace, justice, equality, hope, change," "Fair trade, not free trade," "Educate every child," "Full and fair employment" and "Silence GOP lies." However, signs with the Communist Party USA logo, posters reading "Capitalism is failing, socialism is the alternative" and "Build a socialist alternative" were not.
Dumb and Dumber Protest at 'One Nation' Rally. Dumb and dumber came together on Saturday for the "One Nation Working Together" march on Washington, D.C. The liberal group of union members, migrant farm workers, NAACP members and gay rights advocates seemingly had no one agenda, other than, well protesting. The sign-carrying, T-shirt wearing crowd support the Democratic House and Senate leadership and President Obama, so they couldn't answer a simple question, "Who are you protesting against?"
Leftists, Progressives And Socialists. The participants proudly marched with banners, signs and placards reading "Socialists," "Ohio U Democratic Socialists," "International Socialists Organization," "Socialist Party USA," "Build A Socialist Alternative" and other signs expressing support for socialism and communism. They had stands where they sold booklets under the titles of "Marxism and the State," "Communist Manifesto," "Four Marxist Classics," "The Road to Socialism" and similar titles. The gathering had the support of the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, stalwarts of the Democratic Party such as Al Sharpton and organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Green for All, the Sierra Club and the Children's Defense Fund.
The Progressive-Communist Alliance. Various communist and socialist groups were photographed and filmed during the October 2 "One Nation Working Together" rally in Washington, D.C. But the real controversy could be found in the fact that the Communist Party USA, a group that served as a subversive pawn of Moscow for decades, was officially invited to be part of it. The CPUSA was an official "endorsing organization" and was given space to set up a literature table by the rally organizers. Indeed, a two-page official list of "One Nation March" organizations shows that it was given a highly coveted "reserved space."
Comparison of Tea Party activists to the Oklahoma City bombers
Bill Clinton blames the Tea Parties for anything bad that happens next month.
Recalling '95 Bombing, Clinton Sees Parallels. With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaching, former President Bill Clinton on Thursday [4/15/2010] drew parallels between the antigovernment tone that preceded that devastating attack and the political tumult of today, saying government critics must be mindful that angry words can stir violent actions.
How Clinton exploited Oklahoma City for political gain. With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing Monday, former President Bill Clinton is playing a starring role in the liberal effort to draw what the New York Times calls "parallels between the antigovernment tone that preceded that devastating attack and the political tumult of today." The short version of the narrative is: Today's Tea Partiers are tomorrow's right-wing bombers.
Bill Clinton Returns to the Scene of the Crime. The fifteenth anniversary of Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing has just passed, and the Democrats are seizing every opportunity to wring political advantage out of that sorrowful event. Bill Clinton appeared at a symposium on the bombing sponsored by a left-wing think tank and linked the mad bomber to today's opponents of the Democrats' radical agenda.
There He Gropes Again. [Scroll down] Now just the other day, ex-President Bill Clinton — some of us still call him The Groper — rose up at the Center for American Progress, and drew parallels between the Tea Partiers (call them the Caffeinated Right) and the homicidal maniacs who participated in the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. Clinton's charge was typically duplicitous. ... He also said, "Before the [Oklahoma] bombing occurred, there was a sort of fever in America," which I guess depends on the meaning of the word fever. I recall no fever, but then I was not impeached for lying and obstruction of justice.
Could Tea Party Rhetoric Lead to Another Oklahoma City? Former President Bill Clinton, among others, see echoes of the rhetoric that drove McVeigh in the current political discourse. In an op-ed in the New York Times today [4/19/2010] tied to the bombing, he wrote that the bombers were driven by "the belief that the greatest threat to American freedom is our government, and that public servants do not protect our freedoms, but abuse them."
Clinton Rewrites History, Shifts Blame for Oklahoma City Bombing. [Scroll down] Starting last Wednesday or Thursday into the weekend the media template was established, the narrative was there, Bill Clinton and Obama blaming the tea parties for a future Oklahoma City type bombing, which hasn't happened. Let me ask you a question. What was a more likely cause of the Oklahoma City bombing: talk radio or Bill Clinton and Janet Reno's hands-on management of Waco, the Branch Davidian compound, and maybe to a lesser extent Ruby Ridge. Don't forget that the Oklahoma City bombing occurred two years to the day after the Waco invasion, two years to the day, and Tim McVeigh as much as said so.
What's behind the anti-Tea Party hate narrative? There's a new narrative taking hold in the wake of the recent Tea Party protests and the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: The Tea Partiers' intense opposition to the Obama administration has led to overheated political rhetoric, which could in turn lead to violence, perhaps as devastating as Oklahoma City. Former President Clinton is the leading voice of this new narrative.
The Democrats' Big Disconnect. By the weekend, Bill Clinton and Rush Limbaugh were going after each other with bung starters and busted beer bottles. Did anti-government rhetoric contribute to the Oklahoma City bombing of April 1995, which killed 168? Yes! No! Guess which party to the discussion said which.
Liberals try to win arguments by using emotional outbursts rather than rational thought.
Jim Inhofe: Bill Clinton comments 'unconscionable'. Former President Bill Clinton's comments surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing commemoration are "unconscionable" and an "over-the-top" effort to silence critics, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Tuesday [4/20/2010]. Clinton has drawn fire for reprising criticism he made of conservative talk radio 15 years in the wake of the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that took 168 lives and injured more than 500 others.
Using the Oklahoma City Bombing. Monday was the anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that left 149 men and women — most of them federal workers — and 19 children dead. As is his habit, former President Bill Clinton used the occasion to bash his critics.
Clinton Plays the Oklahoma City Card. The Obama strategy of vilifying the tea party protesters and trying to link them to the violence of Oklahoma City is cynical and ridiculous. The tea party protesters are, in many cases, decorated war veterans and can, in the main, only be described as patriots. That Obama needs to paint them as violence prone extremists who are fanning flames that could lead to Oklahoma City-style bombings is offensive and vile in the extreme.
Democrats Hate That Tea Parties Are Peaceful. Former President Clinton reminds us, on the 15th anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma City, to police our discourse so as not to incite the "delirious" and "unhinged." ... This is only the latest and most high profile installment of a long-running campaign by Democrats to malign their opposition. It worked very well for Mr. Clinton in 1995 — the baseless insinuation that right-wing radio hosts had ignited murderous rage with their intemperate rhetoric — and he's reaching into that seedy toolbox again.
To Clinton, criticism is terrorism. Just as he did in 1995, [Bill] Clinton is again peddling the argument that a new wave of domestic terrorism is coming this time because millions of Tea Partying Americans have during the past year or more taken to the streets to protest, often loudly, many of the policies advanced by President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the Democratic majority in Congress.
Criminalizing Debate. There is something terrifying to Democratic leaders about the flavor and the force of the Tea Party, so on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, they portrayed the group as a bunch of Timothy McVeighs.
The Violence Card. Liberal Democrats and their friends in the media have tried just about everything to dismiss and discredit the tea-party movement. They've accused Americans who are anxious and angry about a rapidly encroaching government of being racists, extremists, birthers, pawns of a corporate "AstroTurf" effort — and, now, potential Timothy McVeighs.
More about the Oklahoma City bombing.
Tea Party Crashers and Imposters: Infiltration and sabotage
Tea party activists relieved by ruling. The short, controversial life of the Michigan Tea Party came to an apparent end Friday in the Michigan Supreme Court. And for the most part, Michigan's tea party activists couldn't be happier. That's because they suspected from the beginning that the effort to create a formal political party using the Tea Party name was an attempt by some Democrats to confuse voters and siphon the votes of conservatives away from Republicans.
Tea Parties targeted for infiltration. In the coming days, millions of Americans, fed-up with political hubris, sink-hole spending and the imposition of "values" coerced into law, will exercise their right to peaceably assemble. In Washington D.C., the Mall will be packed, as will municipal plazas, capitol steps and civic band-stands from Alaska to Maine. This, the Tea Party, is stirring the Left to fits of neurosis rarely seen beyond clinical settings. "Crash the Tea Party" is the latest example. Part spy fantasy, part senior prank, its manifesto will doubtlessly undermine the conservative movement and permanently anoint a Democratic Elite.
Using the FBI against the tea party:
Turning COINTELPRO on the tea party? How comfortable are you with the idea of agents posing as activists to elicit anti-government tirades? How comfortable would you be if the Bush administration had done the same thing with Code Pink in an effort to get a anti-war activist to threaten a Senator who voted in favor of invading Iraq?
Your illustrated guide to the Tea Party saboteurs. The one-year anniversary of the nationwide April 15 Tax Day Tea Party counterinsurgency is fast approaching — and publicity-seeking malefactors of all stripes want in on the spotlight. Over the last week, conservative activists online have thoroughly exposed the loser behind an Internet call to "Crash the Tea Party."
Tea Party trickster may be sent to the principal's office. Tea Party Patriots sent an e-mail out to supporters Wednesday claiming that Tax Day crasher Jason Levin — who was outed as the creator of crashtheteaparty.org and is organizing a group of liberals to attend the rallies — is a middle school teacher in Beaverton, Ore.
Just keep on driving, limousine liberals. Hey moonbats, do us all a favor this morning and go celebrate diversity somewhere else other than on Boston Common. Here's a novel thought for you limousine liberals: live and let live. Let Sarah Palin and the Tea Party crowd have their rally without being interrupted. How come when you shout somebody down it's speaking truth to power, but when we say anything it's "hate speech?" I mean, have you people ever been bothered at your annual HempFest?
MSM Yawns As Leftists Openly Plot To Sabotage Tea Party. Left-wingers recently unveiled a new website, CrashTheTeaParty.org, aimed at sabotaging the Tea Party movement and inflicting harm on Tea Party supporters by doing Lord-knows-what with their Social Security numbers. Michelle Malkin has identified the creator of the website as one Jason Levin of Portland, Oregon and posted a detailed account of his background and how the website came to be.
Alinsky's Avenging Angels: Tea Party Saboteurs. The radical acolytes of Chicago's late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky also understand the importance of manufacturing demons. "Before men can act," Alinsky preached, "an issue must be polarized. Men will act when they are convinced their cause is 100 percent on the side of the angels, and that the opposition are 100 percent on the side of the devil." This explains the left's relentless campaign to sabotage the anti-tax, anti-bailout movement from Day One.
The Left-Wing Speech Police. Unable to tolerate fellow Americans dissenting peacefully against their government's policies, the Left has set up a web site — known as "Crash the Tea Party" — encouraging people to pose as Tea Partiers and then "behave in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities ... to damage the public's opinion of them." Obviously, this trick is right out of Saul Alinsky's playbook.
Source: State Dems scrambling to deploy tea party 'crashers'. New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday [4/15/2010] and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells NowHampshire.com. According to the source, who sought anonymity for fear of reprisals, the Dems' last minute scramble reflects a growing obsession among party leaders that they need to discredit the tea party movement soon or it will overwhelm them come the November election.
Oregon Teacher Panel Probes Educator Determined to 'Demolish' Tea Party. A middle school teacher in Oregon who announced his intention "to dismantle and demolish the Tea Party" on his "Crash the Tea Party" Web site is under investigation by his state's Teacher Standards & Practices Commission.
Subverting the Subversives: There is much discussion on the Internet right now about these liberal subversives who intend to infiltrate the widespread Tea Party rallies planned for April 15 Tax Day. These infantile fools plan to make us look bad by shouting out racist, homophobic and other moronic slogans hoping that the media will be there in full force to record what a bunch of Neanderthals we conservatives are.
Tea Party Crash fizzles out. After several days of hype and hand-wringing about liberal plans to infiltrate Thursday's tea party rallies, the great 2010 Tax Day Tea Party Crash did not produce much of a bang in Washington.
The 'Crash' That Burned. It appears that tea party crashers simply aren't showing up in the numbers that Democrats hoped for ... or for that matter, showing up as anything resembling competent crashers at all.
Who's Behind the 'Crash the Tea Party' Website? If there has been one constant in our national politics of the last year, it has been the continuous assault by progressives and liberals against the grassroots tea party movement. As the tea party movement has gained support and become more effective, the attacks have ramped up.
Exposing the Party Crashers. In anything with as many people involved as the tea party movement, there will undoubtedly be a few misguided souls who think racist signs, white supremacist signs, or wild conspiracy theories really will help the tea party cause. It's their right to say what they like, but we refuse to be associated with them. We declare that racism, white supremacism, and other things from simply offensive to flat-out nutty don't belong in tea party events.
Tea Partiers Seek 'Teachable Moment,' Not Oregon Teacher's Job. The Tea Partiers are taking the high road. Just because Oregon middle school teacher Jason Levin has publicly denounced them as a bunch of "racists, homophobes and morons," they say that's no reason for him to lose his job.
Tea partiers 'crash' Beaverton Schools meeting. A Beaverton Schools' meeting was supposed to be about the budget; instead, supporters of the tea party movement came to complain about the local teacher who planned to crash tea party demonstrations during Tax Day.
Adding Tea Party candidates to ballot smells like a dirty trick. A group calling itself the "Tea Party" gathered signatures to put candidates on the fall ballot. The Board of State Canvassers will determine later this month whether the group has sufficient valid signatures to be certified as a political party under state law. Whatever the outcome of that process, there are strong indications this Tea Party is a sham. The leader of the petition drive is Mark Steffek, a media-shy retired United Auto Workers steward from Tuscola County. People affiliated with and active in the real tea party movement in Michigan say they've never heard of Mr. Steffek or seen him at their meetings.
Alleged Tea Party Impostor Knocked Off the Ballot in Pennsylvania. We've heard other reports of alleged Tea Party impostorism, from would-be Nevada Senate candidate Scott Ashjian to the TEA Party in Florida, which some think is a Democrat-run operation. And now, in Pennsylvania, Tea Party activists and the state Republican Party has knocked some Tea Partiers off the ballot as they've sought to run as third-party candidates.
Tea Party Crasher Quits Before Getting the Ax. The Oregon teacher who declared his mission to "dismantle and demolish" the Tea Party movement resigned before getting the ax, a school spokeswoman told FoxNews.com. "He resigned earlier this week, on Monday," Maureen Wheeler of the Beaverton School District said. "He resigned in lieu of termination."
Beaverton's 'Crash the Tea Party' teacher resigns as his dismissal loomed. Beaverton middle school teacher Jason Levin, who founded the now notorious "Crash the Tea Party" website, is no longer a teacher. Levin resigned Wednesday [8/18/2010] in lieu of termination, said Beaverton School District Legal Counsel Camellia Osterink.
Because of a scheme to put fake Tea Party candidates on the ballot...
Dem official in Michigan forced to resign. In Michigan, a group claiming to be the "Tea Party" has put 23 candidates on the ballot around the state, despite not having any known connections to established conservative or tea party groups. It was suspected that this was part of a plot by Democratic operatives to split the Republican vote in November. Now a Democratic party official is being forced to resign for his role in the scheme, and may even have engaged in illegal activity.
Tea party candidacy filings under suspicion. When Aaron Tyler started getting letters and calls about his candidacy for the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, he had no idea what the callers were talking about. He had gotten a new job and moved from Springfield Township to Phoenix in late July and had no intention of running for office. "I figured it must have been some sort of mistake," Tyler wrote in a letter to the Oakland County Clerk's Office. "I believe a fraud was committed."
Biased news coverage of tea parties:
ESPN's Tony Kornheiser links tea party to Islamic State: Are they 'trying to establish a caliphate? Mr. Kornheiser invited political journalist and Huffington Post editor Howard Fineman on his ESPN 980 radio show to talk about Paul Ryan and the Tea Party on Friday, Newsbusters reported. Mr. Fineman argued that Mr. Ryan, if elected as House Speaker, would have to spend most of his time trying to deal with "these tea party people."
Those crazy, lone-wolf, low level IRS employees. Let's not forget that for the last few years, every time there has been a mass shooting or a terrorist plot revealed, the media reflexively pointed their fingers at the Tea Party movement. Just three short hours after the first reports came in about the mass shooting in Tucson, Paul Krugman of the New York Times posted in his "Conscience of a Liberal" blog a quote by Rep. Gifford's grieving, distressed father that "'the whole Tea Party' was her enemy." His intention was to lead the reader to conclude that the Tea Party was somehow to blame.
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#14] Anti-Tea Party Bias: The leftist media really loves to hate the Tea Party movement. Any manner of lies and calumny has been ascribed to the Tea Party. They are racists, homophobes, haters, even terrorists of all sorts as far as the Old Media is concerned. In one incident, for instance, the media assigned Obama-as-Hitler signs sported at a Tea Party event to Tea Party members themselves. In fact, though, the Obama-Hitler posters actually belonged to the extremist LaRouche organization, a group Tea Partiers opposed.The Media's Law of Silent Protests. If 150 members of the Tea Party protest at an Obama fundraiser and the press fail to report it, was the Tea Party ever really there? [...] As most AT readers know, the press coverage those first few years was scant and slanted. The Tea Party was consistently portrayed as racist, anti-government radicals who were mostly white, militant, gun-toting, Bible-slapping, knuckle-dragging, toothless mental midgets.
Media finds way to blame tea party for another violent tragedy. Examples of past tragedies that the tea party was unfairly blamed for immediately after the event occurred.
Tea Party Patriots Call on ABC News and All Media to Stop False Reporting. Today [7/20/2012], the Tea Party Patriots, the nation's largest tea party organization, mourned the tragedy in Colorado and called on ABC News and all media to put an end to false and reckless reporting.
Tea party familiar with being wrongly blamed after horrific tragedies. ABC News apologized shortly after Ross' report, realizing the tea party member wasn't the suspect. The James Holmes they referenced is actually a 52-year-old man unconnected to the shootings. And yet, this is hardly the first time media speculation has incorrectly linked the tea party movement to a massacre.
The Difference Between a Network Reporter and a Blogger. I'm sure ABC News' Brian Ross was searching Google and Facebook and Twitter at about the same time I was. So were thousands of other bloggers and reporters. But I couldn't come up with anything tying any of the James Holmes's I found to the massacre in Colorado. I didn't post any of what I found. Neither did most other people who were doing similar searches. ABC News' Brian Ross, on the other hand, reported on the air that his "investigation" had led him to a Jim Holmes who had connections to a Tea Party group. That turned out to be completely and totally false. Ross leaped to a predetermined storyline — Tea Party = violence — smeared an innocent man and changed that man's life forever.
Colorado tea partier describes 'surreal' day of wrongly being linked to theater massacre. Colorado Tea Party Patriots member Jim Holmes told The Daily Caller in a Friday interview that his day has been "surreal" after falsely being linked to the movie theater massacre in Colorado by an on-air ABC News reporter. "What kind of idiot makes that kind of statement?" Holmes told TheDC. "Really, seriously, how do we take a journalist seriously when it's pretty clear they really haven't done any sort of check on their facts?"
Why Is Brian Ross Still Working for ABC News? ABC News reporter Brian Ross committed what used to be a fatal mistake to a journalist's career: He blurted out a wild, unsubstantiated, speculative observation that hadn't been vetted by anyone and was explosively political at the same time. [...] Today, [George] Stephanopoulos thanked Brian Ross for smearing the Tea Party by reporting a lie. Ross should be suspended or lose his job for this attempt to inject politics into a national tragedy.
Big Three Nets Ignore Rep. Carson's Lynching Smear of Tea Party. Representative Andre Carson's inflammatory attack on the Tea Party has yet to have receive any attention from the Big Three networks. As reported by Politico on Wednesday, Rep. Carson accused Tea Party-friendly members of Congress of wanting to bring back Jim Crow and went so far to accuse his colleagues of wanting to bring back lynching: "Some of them... would love to see you and me... hanging on a tree."
The Liberals Are Throwing Tantrums. Jonah Goldberg has a remarkable rant about press bias over at National Review Online you really have to read. He takes on the fact that liberal commentators and liberal politicals now feel entirely free to refer to conservative Republicans, especially those aligned with the Tea Party, as terrorists, jihadists, thugs, dictators, and the like, without fearing the consequences of media blowback.
Black Tea. The liberal line of attack on the Tea Party movement that has gained the most traction is that it opposes President Obama because of his skin color, not his policies. The movement is, in the mind of many in the Democratic Party and liberal organizations, rooted in a fundamentally racist view of America and of the president. This charge is conventional wisdom for many in the media.
AP Tars Tea Party Movement as 'Grandfathered' By Ron Paul. In a story by Jay Root for the Associated Press, the news wire service tries to tar the entire tea party movement with guilt by association claiming that it was somehow fathered or "grandfathered" by Texas Representative Ron Paul, the cranky uncle of the GOP. The fact is Ron Paul had nothing at all to do with the tea party movement. The claim that he did is a calumny, one that the AP hopes will discredit the tea party movement.
Matthews Denounces Tea Partiers as Haters Ten Times in Under Two Minutes. MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Monday excoriated the Tea Party as full of "hate," using the term ten times in less than two minutes.
ABC's Stephanopoulos Paints Tea Party With Birther Brush. ABC's George Stephanopoulos still doesn't understand the difference between the Tea Party movement and the birther movement. On the March 17 edition of "Good Morning America," the former Bill Clinton campaign operative characterized Donald Trump's political maneuvering as an attempt to court the Tea Party by pandering to birthers.
Top 10 Ugly Moments in the Wisconsin Union Battle. The mainstream media was in a tizzy about signs at Tea Party rallies that pictured Obama with a Hitler mustache, but there was no similar outrage about the intemperate signs at the Wisconsin protests.
20 Days of Left-Wing Thuggery in Wisconsin. [In this article], you'll find a compilation of 20 days worth of the death threats, vandalism, and intimidation practiced by pro-union thugs opposed to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill. ... Not only should the local and national media be amplifying their coverage of this ongoing scandal because of the bar they themselves set with the Tea Party for what rises to the level of of racism, "predominantly white" protesters and troubling behavior — but in the wake of the tragic shootings in Tuscon you would think direct threats on elected officials would rate a little outrage. Well, obviously not when those threats come from the Left.
Anderson Cooper and the 'Big Bad Birthers'. [CNN's Anderson] Cooper is the guy who popularized calling Tea Party protesters "Teabaggers" even though he knew it was a derogatory term that referred to a sex act popular among homosexuals. He had to apologize for that, sort of, but what would be more appropriate would be an apology for pretending to be a fair journalist when he actually is a shill for left-wing causes.
Major Networks, the Lamestream Media Again Shows Hypocrite Colors. ABC's Christiane Amanpour has characterized the Tea Party as "extreme," declaring "people are looking at the Tea Party and saying this is not conservatism as we knew it but it's extreme." On Sunday, however, with "People Power" plastered on screen over video of union members in Wisconsin, she saw only a genuine "populist" outpouring of "people power" in Madison.
More about the teachers' unions and the Wisconsin protests.
Media Gone Mad. The battle to reform spending on public employees is underway in a dozen states, and there's little doubt as to which side the mainstream media is taking. ... Everything from crowd estimates to characterizations of intent was distorted. Unlike the exaggerated estimates of anti-reform crowds (a Feb. 18 crowd of perhaps 10,000, reported as up to 40,000, according to one station), few estimates were given as to the size of pro-reform crowds. Saturday's NBC Nightly News reported that "up to 70,000" protestors had gathered in Madison, but the context of the statement seemed to suggest that the estimate referred only to pro-union protestors. Another source clarified that the estimate of 70,000 included both pro- and anti-reform protestors.
TV's Tea Party Travesty. In just one year, the Tea Party movement has wielded incredible influence on American politics. The Tea Party succeeded in putting runaway government spending at the center of our national political discussion. The pressure the movement brought to bear at the grassroots level put liberals on the defensive for much of the health care debate, and nearly succeeded in torpedoing the entire scheme in spite of Democrats' overwhelming congressional majorities. In April 2009, the Tea Party rallied in the streets against the policies of a popular new President; by April 2010, more Americans disapproved than approved of President Obama's job performance. Yet, amazingly, the networks paid only slight attention to this movement as it was gathering momentum in 2009. As polls showed the public rallied to the Tea Party's views on the issues, the networks amplified the liberal establishment that deplored the crowds in the street.
The Left's Coordinated Message Operation. American Spectator readers are probably familiar with the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party rallies being planned for Wednesday [4/15/2009]. Readers may be less familiar with the attempt by left-wing propagandists to dismiss the Tea Party movement as being ginned up by Fox News, "Corporate America" and the usual suspects of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. The transparent object of this propaganda effort by the Left is to discourage coverage for the Tea Party movement by their liberal friends in the mainstream media.
Tax Day, 2009: The day the mainstream media died? In the past, major media outlets have given antigovernment 'tea party' protests — like the ones held today — short shrift. Critics say it is because they are out of touch with America.
Note to the Media — Just Do Your Job and Cover the Tea Parties. If you do something of note and the media choose not to cover it — the issue might just as well not exist. Such is the fate of Wednesday's national Tax Day Tea Party. This mega-gathering of tax protesters is scheduled for every single Congressional district in the country. More than 500 events are planned. And the national news media have either been silent or shown contempt for the effort.
CNN Versus the Tea Parties. When thousands of people in all 50 states assemble to protest government policy, you might suppose that this is news. Not according to the coverage on the front pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal. The "tea party" rallies went unmentioned.
Mainstream Media: Only Conservatives Are Sore Losers. The popular meme circulating throughout the "unbiased" media yesterday was: The original Tea Party was about taxation without representation but Americans HAVE representation and Republicans are just mad because they lost. The more I twist that in my head, the more absurd it sounds. What they're really saying is: you are only allowed representation in government if you're the majority. Funny how that didn't seem to be the case in California when Prop. 8 passed. I don't remember any snide reporter telling a disappointed same-sex couple "Hey, you lost, get over it."
Taking It To The Streets. When Americans have to turn to the foreign press for truthful reports of the size of popular protests in Washington, it's time to wonder: Are we dominated by "state-run media"?
CNN's Susan Roesgen: Taking Hackery to New Heights. This video with CNN anchor Susan Roesgen is pretty unreal. She attends the Chicago tea party, picks some wacko out of the crowd and tries to argue with him about whether Obama's a fascist (and even then the guy with the ridiculous Obama-as-Hitler sign comes off more willing to engage in discussion than her), then she talks to a guy who seems perfectly reasonable and rudely cuts him off multiple times. She then attacks Fox News, ranting that the crowd is anti-CNN and says that the tea party is not "family viewing."
Avoiding Criticism: CNN Shuts Down Anti-Tea Party Reporter's Email Address. So, we are all well aware of the so-called "reporter" from CNN, Susan Roesgen whose on-air haranguing of those she was ostensibly reporting on made obvious her anti-Republican bias. Well, for the past day Americans have been emailing her to let her know how they feel about her unprofessional attitude. Apparently, CNN does not appreciate hearing from its viewers, though, because all of a sudden anyone that sends an email to Roesgen's CNN email address will have it returned as address unknown!
[See update on Ms. Roesgen below.]
ABC, CBS and NBC Try to Discredit 'Tea Party' Protests. The broadcast network evening newscasts on Wednesday provided prominent coverage of the "Tea Party" rallies across the nation with time for the views of participants, but they tried to discredit the protests as a front for "corporate interests" or a "fistful of rightward leaning Web sites"...
Twisted Media Misuses Poll in Attempt to Downplay 'Tea Parties'. In coverage of the hundreds of "tea parties" held April 15 to protest spending and taxation in America, many national reports not only grossly underestimated the real numbers of those present at such rallies, they also managed to include a Gallup Poll that defeated the very point they were trying to make. Many reports referenced "hundreds of people," when the turnout at a given protest might actually have been in the thousands.
Tea Parties: 'Calling All Racists!' Did you know that only racists turned out for the recent nationwide "tea parties"?! "Let's be very honest about what this is about," actress/comedian Janeane Garofalo said on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show. "It's not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks."
Anti-Tea Party Correspondent's Contract Not Renewed by CNN. The last time we saw CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen, she was arguing with folks at the April 15 Tea Party in Chicago claiming the event was "anti-government, anti-CNN [and] highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox." Although CNN officials won't blame the decision specifically on this event, the network has decided not to renew her contract.
CNN's Roesgen Reportedly Will Leave Network; Bias Alleged. Ms. Roesgen's "contract will not be renewed and she will be leaving the network," Chris Ariens, managing editor of TV Newser, wrote in an exclusive report. According to Ariens, a CNN spokesperson was not authorized "to comment on personnel matters" regarding Ms. Roesgen, who joined the cable-news channel in 2005.
Chicago Tribune Ignores Thousands at Tea Party Express Protest. You might think a major metropolitan newspaper that boasts "The Midwest's largest reporting team" on its front page would report on a suburban demonstration attracting thousands of people. In the case of the Chicago Tribune, you'd be wrong. Today's Tribune print edition makes no mention of yesterday's Tea Party Express protest in New Lenox, Illinois, located only 36 miles from Chicago's Loop.
First reports from AP and NY Times indicate 'thousands' at DC protest? Pictures supplied by Fox and CNN appeared to me to show a crowd stretching all the way from the Capitol steps, back many, many blocks, stretching off into the distance. By any stretch of the imagination, such a crowd should have been indentified in "the hundreds of thousands."
Washington Post Home Page Buries Massive 9-12 Rally in Teeny-Weeny Type. The Washington Post put the 9-12 conservative rally at the top of the Sunday paper with two color pictures, one of them a wide crowd shot below the Capitol dome. The headline was "Lashing Out at the Capitol: Tens of Thousands Protest Obama Initiatives and Government Spending." But what stuck out like a sore liberal thumb on Sunday morning [9/13/2009] was how an Internet browser would need to look hard for it on the Washington Post home page.
We The People come to Washington. Aware that the mainstream media would downplay their numbers and the significance of 9-12, hundreds of thousands of Americans out today to protest massive government spending and massive government health care no longer count on the MSM for coverage. It is one of the necessities of a czar-studded Barack Obama Administration that We The People are now the media.
75,000 my eye! Who did the counting? There were over 1.78 million people there in D.C. last Saturday but the count was the least of the errors. MSNBC snarky anchor apparently thought the crowds were all white but was he there or was he watching the event in his biased studio? If he was there he should have seen my friend Deneen Borelli speaking and getting loud cheers from the "mostly white" protesters.
Conservatives protest Houston media. More than 80 people protested the Houston Chronicle's downtown building today [10/17/2009], asking for publicity for their conservative message as part of a widespread effort to protest news organizations. "We want the government out of our lives and we don't want to see our country become a socialist country," said North Houston/Woodlands Tea Party organizer Suzanne Guggenheim.
Tea Party Movement vs. Elites: The danger of the "birther" question is irrelevant because the elitist [New York] Times will always find something that they can use to try and discredit anyone who isn't liberal. And if there is a crowd of a thousand tea party protesters the media will canvas all of them until they find one willing to say something objectionable.
Let them drink tea. Forget media bias. That's just slanting the news. The liberal press judges stories before investigating them. That's prejudice, which sums up how the anti-tax tea parties were covered this week.
Excuse Me, Your Leftism is Showing. In thousands of cities and towns across America, hundreds of thousands of plain folks came out into the streets to say, "Enough!" This was not a protest against any party or person in particular but against a paradigm in governments from Washington D.C. to the local city halls that assume there is no end to the amount of money we are willing to kick in. You wouldn't know that from the coverage. Everyone from CNN to MSNBC to my local paper went out of their way to make it seem like anyone who attended one of these gatherings was a right-wing extremist!
CNN political contributor is no patriot. Across the country and in dozens of cities, a protest movement has sprung up. Tens of thousands of people have expressed their concern that government spending is out of control and that, in the very near future, taxes will have to be raised drastically to pay for all the goodies our political leaders want to bestow upon us. But Paul [Begala] doesn't see it that way. He doesn't believe these protests are grassroots-based. He believes they were ordered up by "Fox News clowns and right-wing cranks." People who don't even know history.
MSM's Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance. In all my years of watching news coverage in America, I don't believe I have ever witnessed more condescending, amateurish, purely politicized reporting than what just transpired among the liberal MSM covering America's Tax Day Tea Parties. The Tea Parties represented a very significant news event.
Media Struggle to Understand Non-Violent Non-Smelly Protesters. The Tax Day Tea Parties inspired and energized conservatives across the country last week, but the response to the events from the media and Democrat partisans was perhaps the most interesting thing to watch. When people turned out all over the country in the thousands to attend tea parties, Obama followers, especially those in the media, were shocked and bewildered, and it showed.
Numerous video clips:
Summary of the April 15 TEA Parties Media Coverage. The media coverage of the more than 800 Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party protests that took place in all fifty states on April 15 ranged from disdainful dismissal of their nature, significance and import, to outright hostility towards the events and individual participants, to sexual innuendo-based full-on ridicule.
More examples of biased news coverage.
ADL Report Smears Tea Party Conservatives. The report has been all the "rage" in the Obama PR machine — a.k.a. the mainstream media — which has exhausted any remaining trace of objectivity by spending a summer and fall crudely mocking average Americans who've shown up at town halls and tea parties in a true exercise of "community organizing" that the Beltway-Greenwich cocktail axis just can't stomach.
It's All the Tea Party's Fault. Last Thursday [2/18/2010], a disturbed pilot flew a small plane into an Austin, Texas, office complex that contained an Internal Revenue Service office. ... This nutball had deadly grudges that transcended partisan lines. But within minutes of the story breaking, a furious left-wing blogger at the popular Daily Kos website — where countless Democratic leaders have guest-posted — fumed: "Teabagger terrorist attack on IRS building." The article immediately cast blame on the anti-tax Tea Party movement.
Bill Maher: Tea Party Protesters Just a Bunch of Stupid Cultists. The left's comedic mud-slingers have been working overtime lately. Bill Maher injected his latest bit of invective Friday [2/19/2010] when he labeled the Tea Party movement a "cult" and hurled epithets at major conservative figures. Angry that Americans would dare object to his particular brand of ultra-liberal politics, Maher has recieved a bit of press lately for his unending stream of hatred for anyone who disagrees with him.
Bill Press: If I Paid Palin's Speaking Fee 'I'd Want My Money Back'. The predictable media attacks on Sarah Palin were all over the television dial after her keynote speech to the National Tea Party convention Saturday, and talk radio host Bill Press more than lived down to what one would expect from such a liberal shill.
Let them drink tea. Forget media bias. That's just slanting the news. The liberal press judges stories before investigating them. That's prejudice, which sums up how the anti-tax tea parties were covered this week.
MSM's Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance. In all my years of watching news coverage in America, I don't believe I have ever witnessed more condescending, amateurish, purely politicized reporting than what just transpired among the liberal MSM covering America's Tax Day Tea Parties. The Tea Parties represented a very significant news event.
The Real Tea Party Story: Community Builders vs. Community Organizers. In less than a year, the MSM has gone from ignoring Tea Parties to mocking and insulting their participants to grudging coverage with ridiculing overtones. Finally it has arrived at giving wide attention to the movement, albeit grudgingly and ungraciously. A once-highly esteemed fourth estate, they have become talking-head dilettantes on a mission to save the disgruntled masses from democracy itself.
Washington Post Cheapens 'Code Red' Anti-ObamaCare Rally. Is The Washington Post playing favorites with causes that inspire people to exercise their First Amendment rights and take to the streets to protest? When it comes to opposition to Democratic efforts to reform health care versus opposition to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it appears so.
Anatomy of a Racial Smear. For the last year, the media have been desperately trying to hang the "racist" tag around the Tea Party movement as a way to discredit it. This past weekend, they would seem to have finally succeeded.
Russ Carnahan Pushes Bogus Tea Party Lie to Media. Remember as you read this: There is nothing the democratic-media complex will not do to lie about the tea party patriots or to prop up these horrid leftists who are transforming our country into some kind of quasi-socialist state.
How the Left Fakes the Hate: A Primer: If you can't stand the heat, manufacture a hate-crime epidemic. ... Upon decimating the deliberative process to hand President Obama a health care "reform" victory, unpopular Beltway Democrats and their media water-carriers now claim there's a Tea Party epidemic of racism, harassment and violence against them.
Dissent's Noble — Until Aimed At Democrats. To listen to the press, the Tea Party's presence in Washington was violent, dangerous, uncivil and unprecedented, and their protests threatened to ruin the Republican image — as if that isn't at the top of the liberal media's To-Do list every day.
When Will Liberals Give the Tea Party the Same Respect They Give Radical Islam? Every time some Muslim blows up a plane, or a train, or kills innocent people, we hear from the Left how we should not judge all Muslims because of a few extremists. Our current President tells us, not to "jump to conclusions." Talking heads on TV try to calm us down and reassure us that Islam is the "Religion of Peace." Yet these same politicians and liberal media hacks are going on a rampage attacking their fellow Americans because allegedly a few used racial slurs at a Tea Party protest (with no corroboration from numerous video recordings).
Demonizing Everyday Americans. There appears to be a concerted effort among the political Left and many mainstream media people to demonize and marginalize the expanding citizen-based movement known as the tea party movement. This effort flows from both a fear of what these tea parties represent and a contempt for everyday Americans. But those ordinary citizens are poised to be the ones laughing when it's all over, when democracy takes its course.
Lib Talker Malloy Calls for Deaths of Limbaugh, Beck and O'Reilly. As the mainstream media hyperventilate over what is now regularly being referred to as rightwing hate speak, liberal talk radio host Mike Malloy Friday actually called for conservative talkers Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly to commit suicide.
Let's Compare Hate. The media reciters claim the Tea Party people are the sole instigators of political hate in America. Let's leave out the fact that I don't recall seeing any reports of arrests from disturbances of any kind, yet whenever there is a political convention or a meeting of an international monetary body, there are dozens of arrests as progressive and anarchist protesters customarily destroy millions of dollars of public and private property.
Media Only Like Protests If They Agree With Protesters. The media typically love protests and acts of civil disobedience. Yet, we've learned since Obama was elected that most members of the press only like such acts when they demonstrate antipathy for what they themselves dislike. As such, protests are only good when the media agree with the protesters. Sadly, this is what makes most of them advocates and NOT journalists.
CNN Lowballs Nevada Tea Party Event. If the media outlets are going to report on tea party events, they're not likely to get any benefit of the doubt much of the time. Case in point -- at the Tea Party Express event on March 27 in Searchlight, Nev., which former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke, CNN's Fredericka Whitfield wasn't quite prepared to give the rally credit it was due as far as participation. She estimated that hundreds, but if not, "at least dozens of people" were in attendance.
Palin: Media 'lies' about links between tea parties, violence. Firing back at critics who say that she and other conservatives had encouraged harassment of House Democrats who supported the healthcare overhaul, Sarah Palin Saturday ripped the media for casting her and tea party activists as violent. "When we talk about fighting for our country, let's clear the air right now about what it is that we're talking about," she told a crowd estimated by organizers at 20,000 gathered for a rally in a windswept desert lot about four miles north of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's tiny hometown.
Labeling Tea Partiers as racist reflects decades-old liberal strategy. Since last weekend -- when protesters stormed Capitol Hill as legislators passed President Obama's health-care overhaul -- Tea Partiers have been accused both by Democrats and the media of racism after rumors circulated that protesters had hurled racial epithets and spat on black congressmen. A number of Tea Party leaders have been doubtful that the incidents actually occurred and have said they would not support it if it had. Asked about media coverage of the accusations, Blackwell said the press has "been selective in their criticism" and that "they turn a blind eye to individual acts of poor taste and bigotry on the left."
Tainting the tea party. During the George W. Bush years, the news media were the promoters of protest, the champions of dissent. Denouncing the president as a brain-damaged warmonger was the most patriotic thing you could do (just ask the Dixie Chicks) and it was guaranteed to please the press. On MSNBC before the Iraq War in 2003, David Shuster elevated the "anti-war" movement as the equivalent of the United States military, only with a higher morality... My, how times — and standards — change.
Colby King Charges Tea Partiers Are Descendants of George Wallace and David Duke. "Today's Tea Party adherents are George Wallace legacies," the Washington Post's Colby King charged in his weekly Saturday column, maintaining "they have been culturally conditioned to believe they are entitled to do whatever they want, and to whomever they want, because they are the 'real Americans,' while all who don't think or look like them are not" and so, "without folks like them, there would be no Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Pat Buchanan."
In Cantor Case, Media Fanned Flames of Violence: 'There Will Be Blood'. [Scroll down] But if you are waiting for the mainstream media to cover this, put down the bong. Leftist media propagandists and their despotic leaders continue to smear and slander good, decent Americans who are trying to save the country from subversives, traitors, overthrowers and savages.
'Rising Risk of ... Violence'. While people [in Arizona] are worried about the growing violence on the Mexican border — a Cochise County rancher was apparently killed by illegal aliens Saturday — the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson has other worries: ["]For decades now, the most serious threat of domestic terrorism has come from the growing ranks of paranoid, anti-government hate groups that draw their inspiration, vocabulary and anger from the far right.["]
A Closer Look at the Capitol Steps Conspiracy. If it were not for ... ubiquitous video cameras, House Democrats and their media allies would have gotten away with it entirely. Instead, they must content themselves with a victory only among those who rely for the news on an increasingly myopic major media. To discover what did happen, I have reviewed video from at least four different sources, talked to several eyewitnesses, and analyzed the early media reports from the scene. Bottom line: the [William] Douglas story would seem to meet the standards for libel. It is provably false, preposterously reckless, quite possibly malicious, and has caused real damage to publicly identified Tea Party leaders.
Rep. Bachmann: Media Falsely Portray Tea Partiers as 'Toothless Hillbillies'. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told CNSNews.com that the media are falsely portraying "people who are in the Tea Party movement as toothless hillbillies, as rubes from the backwater, who don't know what they're talking about."
Frustrating, stubborn facts. [Scroll down] Not only that, they believe they are entitled to their own facts to describe the character and conduct of their political opponents. The Democratic Party collectively smeared scores of millions of American Tea Party participants as racist, homophobic, violent terrorists in the absence of a single verified fact in support of even one such incident being attributable to a single individual. Nor did their media pals even bother with the word "alleged."
O'Reilly Notes Blatant Media Hypocrisy on Protestor Anger. Last night [3/30/2010], Bill O'Reilly used recent instances of inflamed, occasionally violent liberal protests to give his viewers a lesson in Media Bias 101. Lefties dominate the mainstream press, and are reluctant to cover events that don't suit their agendas, he stated. "The Mainstream media largely ignores crazy stuff generated by the far left because many media types sympathize with liberal politics." It's hard to put it more succinctly than that.
NPR Connects Militias to Tea Party, Talk Hosts. The leftist Southern Poverty Law Center is a National Public Radio staple in analyzing right-wing militia groups — and then connecting them to the Tea Party movement and conservative talk-show hosts. Imagine a conservative group connecting liberal talk-show hosts and protesters to radical leftists like... Bill Ayers. Would they get a baldly promotional interview on NPR? No.
How Quickly Spread the Tea Party Smear. [Scroll down] Only two possibilities present themselves, neither of them good: [William] Douglas had started writing this enormously consequential article in advance and/or he assembled it with a reckless indifference to the facts. A simple call to the Capitol Police would have killed the spitting story and a review of the video footage would have thrown the screaming of "nigger" by multiple "protestors" into such serious doubt that no responsible paper would have printed it. The fact that Douglas is himself black and that the McClatchy chain has a liberal bent should not matter, but in this case they both do. This is not journalism. This is collusion.
Rep. Steve Cohen bashes Tea Party movement on radio show. Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis teed off on the Tea Party movement in a Thursday night [4/1/2010] radio interview attracting national attention. The two-term Democratic congressman said the Tea Party — "without hoods and robes" — has shown an angry, hardcore side of America that's against any type of diversity.
Olbermann's Smear of Tea Partiers Backfires. To recap, [Keith] Olbermann, a white liberal, claimed that the Tea Party movement was racist against black people. This racism accounts for Obama's failures and declining popularity, he suggested. As proof, he cited racism that he said lurked in the souls of every white person, including his own. Racism is everywhere, Olbermann said, apparently seriously.
Did State-Run Media Conspire on Racist Tea Party Attack. The American Thinker did an outstanding job describing the events on March 20th, when democratic members of Congress in Washington DC were reportedly taunted by tea party activists with racial and sexual slurs. It appears from the timeline of the events that this race-baiting story was in the works before the Black Caucus members paraded through the tea party crowd on Capitol Hill.
More examples of hate crimes that aren't.
Critics of 'Extreme' Tea Partiers Showed Little Interest in Bush-Bashers. Even as Tea Party "fury" has become all the rage in popular accounts of their protests, some observers say the rallies are nothing compared to the anti-Bush frenzy at Iraq War protests in years past — outbursts that the press generally ignored. "What's interesting about the media's latest freak-out is that there were radicals aplenty under President Bush [who] protested in the streets [and] talked openly about revolution and killing," said Evan Coyne Maloney, a documentary filmmaker who has followed anti-war protests since 2003.
Network Morning Shows Skip Coverage of Egg Attack on Tea Partiers. The three network morning shows have skipped any coverage of an attack on a Tea Party bus in Harry Reid's Nevada, reportedly by supporters of the Democratic Senator. In contrast, FNC's Fox and Friends alerted viewers to the story on Tuesday [4/6/2010]. Co-host Steve Doocy explained, "Now, apparently, they have identified who some of the egg throwers are. Turns out, they're supporters of Harry Reid."
What the Reporters Saw (and Didn't See). You'd think that the short stretch of grass and asphalt between the Capitol and the Longworth Office Building were Dealey Plaza, given all the conspiracy theorizing that has emerged in the wake of what may or may not have been an isolated incident of racial harassment on the eve of the Obamacare vote.
(Tea) Party On. [Scroll down slowly] There is a still a large faction of progressive Democrats, aided and abetted by a purposefully duplicitous media, willing to use the same tactics to bring down those they consider a large threat to their socialist ambitions. No one threatens those ambitions more than the Tea Party movement. As a result, there isn't a day that goes by without some story in the media, or some comment by a Democrat politician (or both) to the effect that Tea Partiers are: racist, fringe right-wingers, angry white people, crazies, thugs, stupid, scary, etc....you get the picture.
Considering The Source Of Today's News Is Crucial. [Scroll down] Circulation figures for many liberal news publications have plummeted and yet this hasn't stopped the continual demonizing of the conservative majority in this country. It's as if their editorial boards live in a womb nourished by a placenta of left-wing dogma and are totally oblivious of reality. They still haven't a clue of what the Tea Party movement means and continue to portray it in a negative light. Reports that come from the Associated Press, Newsday, Newsweek, Reuters, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post need to be read with a jaundiced eye.
CNN: Tea Party fluff piece not an attempt to woo conservatives. CNN says a glowing piece by one African-American producer about his experience on the Tea Party Express is not evidence of a scheme by the network to woo conservatives, but the blogosphere is skeptical. "They're more than a year late and a dollar short," conservative commentator Michelle Malkin wrote.
A Reminder: SEIU Thugs Beat Up a Conservative at a Town Hall Meeting. The media and the Left (please pardon the redundancy) continue to insist that TEA Party participants are engaged in racist and violent behavior — at the surreptitious and stealth "hate speech" urging of talk radio hosts and Republicans. These have almost all been phantom charges. They are leveled by liberals and Democrats, and the media immediately report them as if they were true.
The Mainstream Media: Fourth Estate Or Fifth Column? With the left, the demonization of Americans and beatification of our enemies goes back as far as the country does. It allowed intellectuals to diminish the threat of Nazism, Communism. And now Jihadism. The sad truth is that in spite of the web and talk radio, a great many people who live in America still get their view of the world from the MSM. With only one side of the story they can be quickly convinced that their neighbors are not out in their garages painting "no new taxes" and "Obama lied, the economy died" placards, but in fact are crafting pipe bombs.
Is the American press corrupt? As you may know, the tea party people have been branded in some media quarters as a bunch of racist, far-right loons. TV commentators on MSNBC and CNN have actually called the Tea Party folks dirty names on the air — all in an attempt to diminish the growing influence of the movement. But a funny thing happened on the way to the gutter. Regular Americans have apparently opted to decide for themselves about the tea party, and the polling is interesting.
Liberal Narcissism and Anti-Christian Phobia. Americans have always expected national television broadcasters to steer clear of degrading epithets. On April 14, 2009, CNN's Anderson Cooper established a new low in television journalism when he labeled millions of Americans in the Tea Party movement with a vulgar sexual term. Other mainstream media journalists and personalities gleefully followed suit. There was no outcry from the "anti-hate community." Many liberals do not merely tolerate contumelies against conservatives, but they delight in them.
Will Mainstream Media reporters and editors expose, screen out, or help Tea Party saboteurs? Have you seen the "Crash the Tea Party" web site? It's among the most illustrative expressions ever of the thirst on the Left to suppress dissent by whatever means are necessary. It is Saul Alinsky on steroids.
Study: Networks snub, malign 'tea party'. The big three television networks virtually ignored the massive, grass-roots "tea party" surge in 2009, and so far this year have maligned the movement as teeming with racists and violent fringe figures, according to a report by the Media Research Center.
The Inconvenience of Truth. Protest is the essence of America. It formed the nation. To say people attending these rallies are loons is to say the same of those who dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest British taxes. Yet to read in much of what remains of the mainline press, many teapartiers at Tax Day rallies are nothing good — racists, fascists, gun nuts, gay-bashers, militant separatists. They are described as generally hateful, ignorant, unhinged, and, of course, extreme. Most are none of those things.
Public, media should debate, rather than smear, Tea Party. I talked the other day on the phone with Colleen Conley, the leader of the Rhode Island branch of the Tea Party movement. As far as I could tell, she failed to match the unfolding media stereotype of the Tea Party activist, being neither old, nor male, nor racist, nor a member of an Aryan hate group, nor bile-filled, nor homophobic, nor sexist, nor Southern, nor secessionist, nor fascist, nor violent, nor extremist, nor even a gun-toting militia member.
At Last, The Truth About Tea Partiers. [Scroll down] Responsible journalism would have dictated, of course, that the [New York] Times embark on an objective parsing of this nationwide discontent a long time ago. Instead, until now, that newspaper mostly gave us a series of impressions and reports designed to inflame the prejudices of its own (largely pro-Obama) readership. The most egregious example of this was a piece by David Barstow, which weighed in at four-and-a-half thousand words — and was titled "Tea Party Lights Fuse For Rebellion on Right" — and which spun the movement as one comprised of "birthers," militias, John Birch Society types, and the like.
The Major Networks' War On the Tea Party. Think there's been a media campaign to disparage and marginalize the grassroots Tea Party movement, almost from its inception, especially by the major networks? Think the coverage has been blatantly slanted and made to fit the liberal narrative? Well, maybe you're not crazy.
Study: Networks snub, malign 'tea party'. The big three television networks virtually ignored the massive, grass-roots "tea party" surge in 2009, and so far this year have maligned the movement as teeming with racists and violent fringe figures, according to a report by the Media Research Center. "Rather than objectively document the rise and impact of this important grassroots movement, the 'news' networks instead chose to first ignore, and then deplore, the citizen army mobilizing against the unpopular policies of a liberal president and Congress," wrote MRC Research Director Rich Noyes.
CNN's decline follows rise of grass-roots America. In a year when America's tea party activists have been surging, cable news networks that slam the grassroots movement have been dying in the ratings. Is it merely coincidence? As widely reported, 2010's first quarter ratings for cable news networks were released earlier this month. Compared to the numbers in 2009, Fox News Channel, frequently reported as a favorite of the tea partiers, actually gained 3 percent over last year's numbers, but MSNBC, whose left-leaning commentary has been far more critical of the movement, has dropped 15 percent of its audience.
White NBC Reporter Confronts Black Man at Tea Party Rally. "There aren't a lot of African-American men at these events," NBC News reporter Kelly O'Donnell, a white woman, told Darryl Postell, a black man at a Tea Party rally held Thursday in Washington, DC, pressing him, in an exchange she chose to include in her NBC Nightly News story, to address her prejudiced assumptions: "Have you ever felt uncomfortable?" Postell rejected her loaded premise that race must divide Americans: "No, no, these are my people, Americans."
After more than a year...
CBS 'Early Show' Does First Full Story on Tea Parties. While the tea party movement began to take shape in late February of 2009, the CBS Early Show did not offer a complete story on it until nearly 14 months later.
Laura Ingraham Rips NYT Columnist for Tea Party Remarks. Laura Ingraham on Monday [4/19/2010] took New York Times columnist Charles Blow to task for calling last Thursday's Dallas Tea Party a minstrel show.
Crashing the Tea Party:
A Step-by-Step Media Guide on How to Discredit the Movement. Over the past year since its inception, the media have worked hard to discredit and denigrate the tea party movement. News organizations employed various strategies, from dismissing the protests as astroturf, to using derogatory nicknames for participants, and finally labeling it as a violent extremist fringe. In their futile attempt to get something to stick, the media have become increasingly desperate and irresponsible in their coverage.
TV's Tea Party Travesty. While the broadcast networks seldom devolved into the juvenile name-calling and open hostility evident at the liberal cable news networks, their coverage of the Tea Party's first year reflected a similar mindset of elitist condescension and dismissiveness. Given how the networks have provided fawning coverage and helpful publicity to far-less consequential liberal protest movements, their negative treatment of the Tea Party is a glaring example of a media double standard.
Obama's midterm election strategy: Mock 'Tea Party' members?. Even diehard Obama supporters had to cringe this past week. Had to. ... It's one thing to be confident. It's another to be cocky.
Whistlin' "Dixie" with Frank Rich. "Dixie" is ... a name for the American South, you know the magical "land of cotton" — and, never forget, the land of slavery. Frank Rich, columnist for the New York Times, can never, ever forget it, and, more to the point, he wants to be sure that you never forget it, either. What a moment it must have been in the Rich household when the phrase "just whistling 'Dixie'" floated into Frank's mind as he sat down to write about the "extremist" right-wingers who go to tea parties, hate Barack Obama because he is black, and spew racist epithets at every opportunity.
Democrats and Liberal Media Smear Tea Parties. Democrats — terrified of the Tea Party movement — are coming out of the woodwork to warn about the so-called dangerous rhetoric of the right. There are just two problems here. No. 1, the 1st Amendment protects political speech whether anybody likes it or not. No. 2, the hypocrisy of the leftist political class is mind-boggling.
Of Frank Rich, Bigfoot and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. New York Times' columnist Frank Rich outs himself as a conspiracy theorist in his Saturday column, "Welcome to Confederate History Month," wherein he fabricates a synthesis of current anti-Obamacare sentiments and events. To build his theory, he connects dots that don't exist, and realigns a few that do, into a mishmash construct bordering on a rant.
I Met Sarah Palin! [Scroll down] The signs were hilarious and righteous. Lots of smiling, singing, and photographs. There were a few protesters on the outskirts of our rallies, but I only saw one up close. In Albany, NY standing next to a statue of George Washington was an angry black woman holding a sign that said, "Yes, We Can." She looked very angry. The media was on her like flies. They got shots of our Tea Party crowd with her in the foreground.
Obama's Tea Party Straw Man. [Bill] Maher offered that the Tea Party people "were venting their anger, their rage, at taxes. Which of course, in most cases, for them went down." But if a brief look at the Tea Party contract could aptly elicit the truth of the matter — that tax rates are so obviously not the issue — then why the misunderstanding? The answer is that there is no misunderstanding; we are witnessing a deliberate misclassification. The administration and the media are, at all times, intentionally misrepresenting the goals of their opponents.
Media still clueless about Tea Parties. To hear the media tell it, the Tea Party movement is one of the most mysterious forces ever to surface in national life. Since February 2009 ... they have been nothing but open about their fears of insolvency, their discomfort with increasing size of the government and their terror of deficits. The media listen closely to all these objections, and decide they must mean something else.
Leonard Pitts and the Race Baiters. I've just about had enough of Leonard Pitts. And Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. And just about everyone at MSNBC. Pitts and people like him are constantly telling us that the bottom-up movement known as "Tea Parties" is racist. I'm tired hearing a bunch of liberals telling me what I am.
NYT Editor Sam Tanenhaus: 'Extremist,' Know-Nothing Tea Partiers Like Birchers. Sam Tanenhaus, editor of "The New York Times Book Review" and "Week in Review," and the author of the book, "The Death of Conservatism," went on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC talk show Monday night to discuss her being featured in a fundraising letter from the right-wing John Birch Society. But the friendly chat soon veered off into a comparison of the nationalist John Birch Society to the Tea Party movement, with Tanenhaus confidently proclaiming "there are no serious ideas left on the right."
Fox News Compares Media Coverage of Tea Parties and Immigration Protests. As NewsBusters' Scott Whitlock reported Monday, ABC News logged dramatically different reports about the ObamaCare protests on Capitol Hill in March and the virtual riots that happened in Arizona after that state's governor signed a strict anti-illegal immigration law last Friday. The former was depicted as "very ugly" while the latter, despite the number of riot police and arrests, was described as "mostly peaceful."
Comparing the Tea Party to al-Qaeda. After accusing the Tea Party of being racist, sexist, homophobic, stupid, fake, and violent Timothy McVeigh prototypes, you'd think that the well of insults would be getting dry. In his Boston Globe column "Screaming Extremism," Neal Gabler, however, manages to find a new one: The Tea Party is like al-Qaeda. His comparison reveals the left's upside-down vision of both the Tea Party and the threat of terrorism.
Eugene Robinson Spouts Anti-Tea Party Nonsense. Here's the way Pulitzer-winner Eugene Robinson, an associate editor at the Washington Post, and a syndicated columnist, recently described the Tea Parties...
Two-Bit Nitwit. New York's "mayor for life" conjectured that the Times Square bomber was a Tea Party type, not the Islamist next door. All that gazing in mirrors is skewing Mayor Bloomberg's sense of reality.
Blame the white man. There was no joy in liberal land when the prime suspect in the Times Square bomb plot turned out to be a Pakistani-American. The right-wing terrorist boogeyman vanished. Leftist racial and ethnic profiling failed again. The widely distributed videotape of a lighter-complected suspect near the attack scene — almost universally reported as a "white man" — raised expectations in some quarters that this could be the work of right-wing extremists, maybe even — oh dare it be hoped? — a Tea Party Republican.
More about the Times Square Idiot Bomber.
Left Is Certain of Tea Partiers' Motives, but Finds Terrorists Inscrutable. [Scroll down slowly] If Shahzad had not been identified as the would-be bomber, the mainstream (i.e., liberal) news media and leading Democrats would have told us repeatedly that a white male — surely a conservative white male — was the Times Square terrorist, and that we should therefore be looking suspiciously at our fellow Americans on the Right, especially those attending tea parties. For while liberals claim not to know the motives of Muslim terrorists, they are always certain of conservatives' motives: racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.
Hypocrisy in the Liberal Establishment. The Tea Party movement has been front and center in the news lately. Stories abound of how they are pushing hard against establishment Democrats and Republicans alike. As the media would have you believe it, these tea party members are strong, both in will and physical stature, and virtually untouchable. But what is often not reported is the ridicule and constant assaulting these patriots receive, and how the Left's media operation allows the perpetrators to get away with it.
The Sons and Daughters of Liberty. From "astro-turfers" to "tea-baggers"... from "racists" to "domestic terrorists"... the men and women of the American Tea Party movement have been consistently vilified by the powers-that-be in this country. The political elite in Washington, D.C. are determined to malign and destroy the Tea Party movement, and the media elite are fully complicit in that assault.
Bruce Bartlett's Intellectually Dishonest Smear of the Tea Party Movement. Last week, Bruce Bartlett, the fair-weather supply-sider who recently converted to Keynesianism, embarrassed himself by launching an intellectually dishonest smear of the Tea Party movement. This shouldn't come as a surprise. Mr. Bartlett has been trying to smear the movement since we began voicing our opposition to Obama's $787-billion "stimulus" legislation, which Bartlett himself so enthusiastically defended. A year and a half into that economically disastrous program, Mr. Bartlett is looking to change the subject, hoping, perhaps, that his own ill-advised support for that fiasco will be forgotten.
Matthews Teases His Documentary About Scary and Violent Tea Party. If Chris Matthews' preview, on Tuesday's [6/15/2010] Hardball, of his heavily promoted MSNBC documentary Rise of the New Right, is an indicator of what his special will be like expect a lot of rehashing of Matthews' various attacks on the Tea Party over the past year as he links them and Rush Limbaugh with the birther movement and ominously warns of their potential for violence.
When was the last time Chris Matthews did anything worthwhile? I caught most of Chris Matthews "documentary" — I think that term applies very loosely here — on "The Rise of the New Right." I do not exactly know what America Chris Matthews is living in, but it's one where hyperbole, misdirection and a flimsy grasp of history seem to rule the day.
Newsweek Blogger: Tea Party Coverage Isn't Harsh Enough. Newsweek blogger Ben Adler thinks the national media are giving the Tea Parties gentle treatment. "Unfortunately," Adler wrote in a June 21 post, "what appear to be false notions of objectivity — or perhaps a lack of interest in policy — is preventing that coverage from illuminating what the movement actually represents and what it would do if empowered."
Blackout: MSM Continue to Bash Tea Party, Ignore New Black Panthers. Stunning that the MSM still fosters the impression that the Tea Partiers are a hotbed of armed, racist resentment, when a group that actually is a hotbed of armed, racist resentment sails blithely beneath the mainstream radar.
Keith Olbermann Thinks NAACP Resolution Against Tea Party 'Was Kind of Mild'. Keith Olbermann on Wednesday [7/14/2010] said the recently adopted resolution by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People condemning alleged racism within the Tea Party "was kind of mild."
Far-left Think Progress Fabricates Examples of Tea Party Racism for Bogus Video. Liberal activists are so desperate to paint the Tea Party as racist that some, apparently, are willing to fabricate evidence and fallaciously draw unsupported conclusions to support their point. Lee Fang, a writer for the far-left blog Think Progress, recently posted a video purporting to show racism at Tea Parties. But the video was a total fraud.
CBS's Giles Tells Tea Party's Loesch 'Shut Your Mouth'. CBS News contributor Nancy Giles rudely told St. Louis Tea Party founder Dana Loesch to shut her mouth during a panel discussion on Wednesday's [7/14/2010] "Larry King Live." In the midst of a heated debate about allegations of racism within the movement, Giles asked, "Where is the Tea Party's outrage when members of their own party spit on members of the United States [Congress]?" Loesch accurately replied, "That was proved false. Let's not engage in defamation and libel." "Excuse me," barked Giles. "I'm talking so shut your mouth."
NAACP, Left-Leaning Media Groups Form Tea Party Tracking Site. A new website sponsored by the NAACP and left-leaning media operations is seeking videographers and bloggers who will search out "racism" and "extremism" among Tea Partiers.
Playing the bigotry card: the aces have become jokers. Democrats who play the bigotry card do so to appeal to minority voters, especially African Americans and Hispanics, and to preempt debate. They are assisted by the left-leaning media, which incorporates suggestions of right-wing bigotry into their reporting. Case in point: the Tea Party movement. Since it appeared on the American political scene over a year and a half ago, Democrats, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to local Democratic Party activists, have done their best to portray it as a group of angry white people and racists.
Misread and Misreported: Tea Party Activism Bullish for Economy. One of the most common threads in the media recently has been how bad the Tea Party movement has been for this United States. It has been derided for lacking racial diversity, promoting policies outside the so-called mainstream and blamed for creating a civil war within the Republican Party.
Tea Party is expression of 'general will' of the people. It's not politics that drives the Tea Party movement; it's patriotism — and not just flag-waving patriotism, but the underlying stream of the American consciousness that fueled our revolution and built our country. Unless and until the mainstream media gets that message, there is not much hope for reporting that doesn't try to smear, twist or trash the Tea Party.
Quick Impressions of the D.C. 9/12 Protest: Big crowd. Do not believe any description that says "thousands." If there weren't at least a healthy six figures there, I will permanently revoke my head-counting license. Nineteen out of 20 signs were hand-made.
The Coffee Party Now Embarrasses Media Which Hyped It. The faux "rival" to the tea parties has become an embarrassment to the left and the journalists who hyped it. Last winter, it sounded like such a good idea to the left: gin up a rival to the tea parties and call it The Coffee Party. Pretty standard Astroturf agitprop material ... Purportedly, the whole Coffee Party grew exponentially when an ordinary citizen named Annabel Park posted a Facebook entry calling for a return to "civility." ... Of course, Ms. Park was a political operative (and former New York Times employee and filmmaker for the Obama campaign), but nobody in the liberal media thought that was in the least important, when hyping the "answer" to the tea parties.
Obscurantism. Kate Zernike of the New York Times describes how tea-party activists explore "dusty bookshelves for long-dormant ideas" and study "once-obscure texts" by "long-dead authors." ... The article fails to illuminate tea-party philosophy and some of what it tries to say is bizarre. ... But it does serve the useful purpose of highlighting the biases and blinders of certain journalists.
Tea Party is expression of 'general will' of the people. It's not politics that drives the Tea Party movement; it's patriotism — and not just flag-waving patriotism, but the underlying stream of the American consciousness that fueled our revolution and built our country. Unless and until the mainstream media gets that message, there is not much hope for reporting that doesn't try to smear, twist or trash the Tea Party.
MRC Study: "News" Media Aid Democrats' Tea Party Trashing. The Democrats' strategy to salvage the 2010 campaign was to distract voters from their record over the past two years and paint their opponents as wacky extremists. Win or lose, the Democrats got a lot of help from their friends in the supposedly objective "news" media.
The 10 Biggest 'Non-Story' Stories of 2010. The delightful irony in Big Media's year-long exercise of ignoring and misrepresenting the Tea Party is that it ultimately served to grow and embolden the rebellious movement. ... While taking part in Tea Parties and town hall events, citizens were witnessing for themselves what took place, only to find Big Media report something other than what they had just experienced first-hand. For many, it was a stark means of confirming their own long held suspicions of media bias. ... The disconnect between the American people and those who make a living informing them has grown so large that the trend may be irreversible.
A Compilation of Media Hatred. I find it laughable that the media is abandoning blatant fact by ignoring how the party who controlled the whole of government for two years, tripled the deficit, refused to present a budget, and fought against the $4 trillion in cuts that S&P said were needed, cuts the tea party demanded, is somehow the victim.
Is Mandated Therapy Next For Tea Party Delusion Addicts? Pop psychologist, lawyer, and addiction expert Stanton Peele set the blogosphere awag when he appeared on MSNBC diagnosing Tea Party members as delusional addicts and potentially violent psychotics irrationally bent on returning to an unattainable idyllic past. He went on to warn that in his expert medical opinion when the movement doesn't get its way it could easily become violent, following in the footsteps of the Norwegian mass murderer. How's that for fair and balanced?
Union Thugs? No Kidding. An Ohio contractor was wounded by gunfire Wednesday [8/17/2011] by a shadowy man vandalizing his SUV with union threats. ... Had King Electrical Services owner John King been shot by, say, a Tea Partyer, there'd be no end to the public pontificating from Washington's politicians and media commentators about their rhetoric or protests inciting violence.
ABC Enters Full Cheerleading Mode for Leftist Protests 'Growing in Size and Diversity'. ABC stepped up its promotion Sunday night on behalf of the far-left protesters, which they failed to label, making a special effort to explain and frame their grievances — a service they never provided to the Tea Party.
Tea party groups criticize media coverage of 'Occupy Wall Street'. Activists affiliated with the tea party movement say they're witnessing a double standard in the way the media is covering the "Occupy Wall Street" protests compared to the tea party. "It's almost laughable," said Sal Russo, a strategist with the California-based group Tea Party Express, in an interview.
Free Publicity for Democratic Challengers to Tea Party on CBS. Thursday's [10/27/2011] Early Show on CBS provided free air time to Rep. Steve Israel of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and three of his top candidates for the 2012 election. Correspondent Nancy Cordes trumpeted how the Democratic Party is "determined to bounce back from their big losses" to Republicans during the 2010 cycle and highlighted that the three were "running against Tea Party members."
Occupy Wall Street Gets Lots Of Love From A Biased Media. Some recent surveys claim Americans are more supportive of the Occupy Wall Street crowd than the Tea Party. What they really show is how extreme media bias can warp public opinion.
OccupyWallStreet: The Rap Sheet, So Far. When it came to the Tea Party, the MSM was notorious for amplifying a single incident (that was usually a lie) and using it to attempt to smear and define an entire movement. This is what you do when you want to quickly take out a political enemy.
The Double Standard of the Press When it Comes to OWS vs. the Tea Party. This report should be of particular interest to the progressive politicians (like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz) and journalists who have been eager to praise Occupy Wall Street protesters and compare it to the Tea Party.
CNN Bypasses Obama-Alinsky Ties; Links Alinsky to Tea Party. CNN's Soledad O'Brien would not brand Saul Alinsky as a leftist radical, and neither would she say President Obama was influenced by his writings — but she had no problem tying Alinsky's controversial beliefs to the Tea Party movement on Monday's Starting Point. As a community organizer in Chicago, Barack Obama mirrored the tactics Alinsky laid out in his book "Rules for Radicals" — which featured a tribute to the devil Lucifer, "the very first radical." GOP candidate Newt Gingrich has recently tied Obama's name with Alinsky, sparking a media debate over the matter.
So-Called California Tea Party Spokesman Is Not Even Tea Party Member. The liberal media is going wild over the fact that they finally have a violent crime to peg on a former tea party activist. The man's name is Michael John Kobulnicky and he is reportedly the former public relations leader of the San Diego Tea Party. This week Kobulnicky was arrested for rape and assault.
An example of bias:
Is the tea party still relevant? Is the tea party breaking up? After playing a dominant role in a number of elections in 2010 — Christine O'Donnell, anyone? — there is growing evidence that the power (and visibility) of the movement has faded somewhat of late.
Still Clueless: What Is the Tea Party? For the Obama camp and mainstream media to have the unmitigated gall to say the Occupy movement is equal to the Tea Party makes for off-the-chain arrogance and shameless lying. [...] No one has been raped at a Tea Party. Rapes are occurring at OWS. No property, government or private, has been vandalized or destroyed by Tea Party patriots. OWS has been trashing businesses. No feces has been thrown or used to make a point at a Tea Party, but OWS dumped a bucket of feces in a public building. No arrests have been made at a Tea Party, but we have over 7,000 at OWS. And yet, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said God bless OWS while calling the Tea Party Nazi.
ABC News' Tea Party Apology Isn't Good Enough. ABC News quickly apologized after one of its reporters tried to tie the Colorado massacre to the Tea Party. When will the network apologize for the blatant media bias that led to this monumental screw-up?
The tea party: Convenient scapegoats. Another act of mass violence, another round of finger-pointing directed at tea party members. When ABC News issued a report Friday suggesting that the horrific shooting at a Colorado movie theater was perpetrated by a suspect with ties to the movement, the situation had a familiar feel to it, tea party leaders say.
Why ABC Tried to Blame the Tea Party for Aurora. James Holmes is a human earthquake. We are as ill-equipped to predict the eruptions of such human beings as we are to predict the eruptions of the earth. But that doesn't mean that nothing meaningful came out of the Aurora tragedy. Something quite important did, though few Americans are aware of it because it has already entered the mainstream media's memory hole.
Of massacres & media myths. Media assumptions that violence is right-wing are routine — and routinely wrong. On Friday morning [7/20/2012], Brian Ross of ABC News speculated on live TV that James Holmes, the accused killer in Aurora, Colo., was a member of the Tea Party. A few hours later, Ross posted a short apology online; Holmes had no Tea Party connection. Ross' unfounded speculation wasn't unusual (although the speed of his apology was). This was merely the latest case of media commentators jumping to the conclusion that violent attrocities should be attributed to members of the political right. Let's look back at how often the media has falsely invoked Tea Partiers and other "right-wing nut jobs" in the past few years.
Media make Tea Party frequent suspect following shooting attacks. ABC News had to quickly apologize last week after star correspondent Brian Ross suggested on air that the Colorado massacre suspect was tied to the Tea Party. He wasn't. But it was hardly the first time a reporter or columnist has implicated the conservative grassroots network during the moments following a high-profile attack. The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group, has strung together a video chock-full of examples of this since the dawn of the Tea Party in 2009.
The Progressive Left's Secular Theocracy. I'm a Christian and a Tea Partier. Obviously I want to overthrow America's constitutional government and replace it with an oppressive theocracy. Or so the progressive left tells me. I encounter this accusation often, as wild-eyed MSNBC anchors shout it toward their cameras, increasingly silly columnists write it in the New York Times, and my own acquaintances say it in our political conversations. I don't know if these people actually believe their rhetoric or if they're simply trying to scare others away from all things Tea Party and religious. I suspect that it's a combination of both.
Supporters of Ted Cruz and Chick-fil-A break news. Former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz thumped incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 57 to 43 percent. Cruz won even though the Texas Republican establishment, from Gov. Rick Perry on down, endorsed Dewhurst. [...] But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press has been reluctant to recognize: Candidates from the GOP establishment are getting knocked off by challengers with less name recognition, far less money, and the support of the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know.
Nat Geo Producer: John Wilkes Booth 'Could Be the Poster Child for the Tea Party'. Executive Producer Erik Jendresen of National Geographic Channel's upcoming television movie "Killing Lincoln," said John Wilkes Booth "could be the poster child for the Tea Party." [...] Jendresen's remarks about Booth were in response to a reporter's question about how much history kids know today.
New York Times Reporter Lays Out 'Far-Right Agenda' of Texas Tea Party. The New York Times's Manny Fernandez greeted the opening of the biannual Texas legislative session in Austin in Wednesday's [1/9/2013] paper: "Texas Budget Surplus Proves as Contentious As a Previous Shortfall." After explaining how Texas has become flush with cash over the last two years, going from a budget deficit to surplus, Fernandez couldn't help working in a cut against the "far-right" Tea Party.
MSNBC: The Racist Network. MSNBC is arguably the most race obsessed cable news network on television and they beat a single drum constantly. In their narrow view, all white conservatives are racists, the Tea Party is a terrorist organization and the Republican Party is as white as the snows of January. This leads me to wonder why MSNBC also does everything it can to demonize black conservatives.
Mother Jones: 'Right-Wing Extremism' Killed More Since 9/11 Than Islamic Terror. On Wednesday, Mother Jones ran an article making a shocking claim: more Americans have been killed by conservative terrorists than by Islamic terrorists since September 11, 2001. [...] But is it true? The Mother Jones piece is based on a study by the New America Foundation and Syracuse University's Maxwell School. But that study routinely labels non-right-wing murderers right-wingers, and labels basic crimes involving murder "terrorist attacks."Many more specific examples of biased news coverage.
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2016 by Andrew K. Dart
The Tea Party gets the blame for unrelated events:
See this page for commentary about the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Giffords.
Town Hall meetings
Apparently the teeming masses aren't going to sit quietly while the Socialists take over the country. Imagine that. The resistance seems to be organized loosely, if organized at all, but the radicals on the far left are evidently quite worried about it. Thus we have begun to see what appears to be the return of the old Snitch on Your Neighbor program.
Town halls gone wild. Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress. On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.
Temperatures rise at health-care meeting. If any political prognosticators wanted proof that President Obama faces a tough sell on his health plan, they merely needed to show up at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia yesterday. A raucous standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 cheered, jeered, and booed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. "I'm happy to see democracy is at work," Sebelius said, no detectable irony in her voice.
Audience Shouts Down Sebelius, Specter at Health Care Town Hall in Philadelphia. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Arlen Specter got a preview Sunday of the tough sell lawmakers will face over health care as audience members booed and jeered them during a town hall meeting in Philadelphia. Among those at odds with the officials touting the $1 trillion, 10-year plan was a woman who earned loud applause when she said she doesn't want Washington interfering with her health care choices.
Durbin warns other lawmakers of healthcare town hall 'sucker punch'. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) warned other members of Congress against antagonistic audience members at healthcare town hall events who may be funded by industry interest groups. "I hope my colleagues won't fall for a sucker punch like this," Durbin told the liberal blog ThinkProgress. "These health insurance companies and people like them are trying to load these town meetings for visual impact on television," he added.
'Town Hells'. Now you can see why President Obama was in such a rush to have his way with your health care. "Angry protesters shouted down Democrats at public events from Texas to Pennsylvania over the weekend, leaving the party only one real hope for getting its message out over recess: a backlash," Politico reports.
Those "Town Hells": Some of the Democrats who want to hijack American health care are not exactly getting a warm welcome from voters back home. It's inspiring to watch our system in action.
Town Hall Twilight Zone. Mostly comprised of seniors and veterans, these large crowds at the town hall meetings are actually reading the healthcare bill and asking the tough questions. Democrats are stunned that these Americans are angry about being lied to about the government takeover of healthcare. The growing majority of Americans — at this point 52% now oppose ObamaCare — are under full frontal assault from the White House, the Democrat Congressional leadership and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
At Meet-And-Greet, Rep. Chris Murphy Meets Some Hostility. [Rep. Chris] Murphy, a Democrat who represents the 5th District [of Connecticut], routinely holds informal office hours at supermarkets and strip malls, but such gatherings are generally uneventful. This time, many of the 150 or so attendees were so boisterous that Stop & Shop management called the police to ask that the crowd be moved from the store's entrance.
Getting In Their Faces For A Change. The candidate who told his supporters "to argue with them and get in their face" now finds the shoe on the other foot. So they're taking names and encouraging you to turn in your neighbors.
Pelosi's Swastika Claim Is A Crock. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) proclaimed that those attending health care town hall meetings are "carrying swastikas."
Insult and Injury. President Obama likes to pose as the tribune of the common people, but Americans who show up at town-hall meetings to object to Obama's plans to nationalize health care are, in the words of Obama's Democratic National Committee, "the mob," a bunch of "extremist" yahoos who must be publicly denounced and ridiculed.
Congressmen Turn to Tele-Townhall Meetings — Where They Control Audience. Members of Congress are increasingly turning to virtual townhall meetings — conducted by telephone — in an effort to reach more constituents while avoiding the potential that informational meetings might be disrupted by angry and persistent questioners or protesters. One advantage to these telephone townhalls is that the Member of Congress controls the audience and the questioning.
Firing up the leftist base. I've been watching the media onslaught aimed at these townhall protesters, and now think I understand why we saw a huge pickup in coverage on the birth certificate controversy over the last 2 weeks. Media Matters and other 527s, like Moveon, send daily communiqués to left-leaning media with their issues highlighted, and talking points suggested. Clearly, they decided to hype attention to the birthers over the past couple of weeks, so that they could now use them to try to discredit other legitimate protest, especially that occurring over the health care takeover.
'You Are Terrifying Us'. We have entered uncharted territory in the fight over national health care. There's a new tone in the debate, and it's ugly. At the moment the Democrats are looking like something they haven't looked like in years, and that is: desperate. They must know at this point they should not have pushed a national health-care plan.
Organizing the 'Wrong' Community. Get this: The party of "community organizers" is now whining that President Obama's critics are organizing communities — against his health-care scheme. The nerve of 'em, huh? Faced with mushrooming opposition to ObamaCare, Democrats have launched a multi-media campaign that attacks foes as "extremists" who've "called out the mob" to "destroy President Obama" and "intimidate and silence regular people."
Health Care Town Hall Turns Violent in Tampa. A town hall meeting to discuss President Obama's health care reform descended into shouting and violence in a Tampa, Fla., suburb Thursday [8/6/2009] as angry opponents clashed with event organizers.
Some people learn more quickly than others.
Castor heartened by reaction to town hall tumult. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, the focus of tumultuous reaction at a town hall meeting Thursday night [8/6/2009], said in an interview this morning that the event has strengthened her conviction to support health care reform. "It has strengthened my resolve to stand up for families and seniors," Castor said. ... "A healthy debate is good, but the rude behavior is not helpful," she said.
Sneak & Speak on Health Rx. Congressman Anthony Weiner yesterday [8/6/2009] held the city's first town-hall meeting on health-care reform — and, with little advance notice, it was free of the angry protests that have marked forums elsewhere. ... The event was not publicized to reporters until a few hours before its 11:15 a.m. start time, and the majority of attendees said they hadn't even known Weiner would be there. Many said they happened to be at the center for other activities, including the $2 lunch.
Tea-Party Bashers Gone Wild. The activist Left can't stand competition. Last week in Long Island, N.Y., opponents of the Democrats' government health care takeover legislation outnumbered Obama supporters 10 to one. The Tea Party activists toted American flags and signs that read "WE CAN'T AFFORD FREE HEALTH CARE
" — prompting one foe to stalk into the peaceful crowd, gesticulate wildly and shout unintelligible threats at the top of his lungs.
Dems Fear Town Hall Meetings. We are witnessing something really disturbing in America. Our Congressional members — coming home to enjoy their taxpayer funded recess — are facing angry constituents at town meetings. These people — most of whom are voicing concerns we all feel about the economy and what the Democrats are doing to it — want the congress to rein itself in. But instead of listening and understanding the constituents' concerns, some congressmen and the Obama White House are condemning the voters and saying that they're just shills for Republican groups.
SEIU boss denounces 'terrorist tactics' of the Right. Dennis Rivera, health care chairman of the Service Employees International Union, denounced "radical fringe right-wingers" this afternoon [8/7/2009] for using "terrorist tactics" to thwart the discussion of health care reform. His remarks came one day after SEIU members allegedly assaulted a conservative protestor outside a town hall meeting in St. Louis County, Mo. The end of the attack and its aftermath were caught on tape.
Mr. President, Americans are not an 'angry mob'. They aren't carrying swastikas, either, contrary to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rant about the legions of worried citizens who have been standing up in multiple town halls and congressional forums to demand straight answers from their congressmen about what they are doing under the guise of "health-care reform." Pelosi's attempt to smear honest citizens as Nazis is only the most reprehensible manifestation of a White House-directed propaganda campaign to discredit anyone who disagrees with President Obama's health-care proposal.
Health Care Debate Shifting Into Free Speech Battle. The tensions and passions flaring on both sides of the health care reform battle are starting to overshadow the substance of the debate itself. It's a tinderbox that threatens the health of the reform package being pushed by Democrats. Both sides of the aisle are playing hardball. Though Democrats first accused Republicans of leading "mob rule" at health care meetings, health care reform supporters are now responding in kind.
Cynthia Tucker: 45-65% Of Townhall Protesters Are Racists. Are you opposed to ObamaCare? Willing to attend a town hall to express your disapproval? Odds are good you're a racist. Just ask Cynthia Tucker ... As Clay Waters has noted, Paul Krugman alleges that racist motives are at the heart of the town hall protests against ObamaCare. On this evening's Hardball, Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was willing to get specific, estimating that "45 to 65%" of the protesters are motivated by racism.
The left can't understand why people don't like Obamacare. America's liberals have gone from swooning over Barack Obama's ascension to the White House and gloating over their Bush-induced domination of Congress to near-hysteria because ordinary middle-class Americans are rising in anger against the Democrats' planned hijacking of the nation's health care system. MSNBC's Chris Matthews worked himself into his characteristic spittle-laced frenzy while sputtering about the legions of protestors showing up to make meetings designed to sell Obamacare into "Town Hell" occasions.
Fear and loathing at New York town hall. He wasn't shouted down or chased to his car. But freshman Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) still felt the heat during a two-hour health care town hall meeting Thursday night. The fervor came from both sides, although opponents to Democrats' health reform efforts appeared to outnumber the supporters.
41% View Town Hall Protesters Favorably, 35% Don't. Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of the people opposing health care reform at town hall meetings now being conducted by members of Congress, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But 35% view the protesters unfavorably. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure what they think of them.
Peddling the Edsel when nobody's buying. The congressional poodles, soon to be fanning out across the country to sample down-home sentiment, will hide out as much as they can. Nobody likes to be shouted down or risk receiving his daily serving of fruit and vegetables served on the fly. Some congressmen will handpick their crowds, hiring smaller auditoriums to keep the numbers down.
Grass-Roots Anger, Not Crowd Control. [Most Americans] don't have time to be glued to C-Span all day. Many don't even know who their congressman or senator is. They're busy living life, raising families, building a career. This is what makes the recent protests over Congress' proposed health care "reform" bills so striking. In New York, Rep. Tim Bishop tells a crowd that "no one is talking about the government taking over health care." And the crowd boos, because they know that's not true.
Prairie-Fire Anger. The approval ratings on nearly every one of the President's key policy initiatives — cap-and-trade, health care overhaul, government take over of industry and finance, deficit spending, stimulus — are already less than half of polled voters. Obama's own popularity has fallen dramatically and hovers near fifty percent. A number of well-publicized town meetings have erupted in shouting, as administration and congressional representatives try, often in condescending fashion, to explain the Obama agenda.
The Democrats' Hypocritical Demonization of Health Reform Protesters. As members of Congress go home for the August recess and face questioning and sometimes angry crowds at local town hall meetings around the country, the White House and the Democratic leadership are busy characterizing this opposition as astroturfers. ... It's a tried and true method of political posturing: demonizing the opposition. It's been especially popular with the Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress.
Atlanta TV Exposes Dem Congressman Yelling At Healthcare Questioner. As national media outlets and their employees depict town hall meeting protesters as right-wing outsiders organized by conservative organizations, the Atlanta affiliate of NBC aired a segment Friday evening that should act as a fine example of how this uprising in America should be covered.
Know Your Town Hall Mob Agitators! [Scroll down slowly] Behold the face of infiltrators and saboteurs, citizen! Look at the surly anti-American anger and carefully practiced dishevelment. Note that their signs are scrawled, fiendishly tricking cameramen into closeups. All are expertly handmade, an expensive graphic design luxury only affordable to their puppet masters in the drug and insurance cartels. Note these mobs are so well paid for their agitation that they actually arrived in their own cars and expensive non-matching t-shirts. Fishy? You bet! Report them at once!
Report them? You mean... snitch?
The photo ops are going so wrong. For years, Democratic politicians have rolled out the town hall meeting as a photo op that shows the wise congressman or senator meeting with real folks to learn about their problems. Unions and other activists (one man's activist is another man's lobbyist) would pack the meetings with people who just happened to agree with the congressman on whatever controversial subject was coming up. Not all town hall meetings are fixed. But if there is a TV camera, the odds of stage management shoot up markedly.
Are We In America Or Amerika? Their increasing anxiety and fear of failure are typified in the words of the leader of their party, who wants Republicans to keep their mouths shut while he "fixes" health care. "I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking," the president said Thursday [8/6/2009] at a political rally in Virginia. "I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess." So much for the promises of bipartisan lawmaking. So much for open discussion. So much for understanding who really caused the "mess" in the first place.
Obama vs. the 'Outside Agitators'. Whereas it was once lively and brave and culturally imperative to depict George W. Bush as Hitler, complete with swastikas and squared-off moustache, or cast aspersions on the character, intelligence, morals, and family life of Bush or Dick Cheney or Karl Rove, it appears to be something approaching a hate crime to depict President Obama in anything less than hagiographical mode.
GOP Congressman Booed for Telling People to Turn Off Glenn Beck. The media would like folks to believe that only Democrats are hearing it from constituents at town hall meetings this August, but given what happened to Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) Thursday evening, nothing could be further from the truth. As he spoke to a group of 350 citizens at the Upstate Family Resource Center in Boiling Springs, he asked an outspoken attendee why she was afraid of Barack Obama. Someone in the crowd suggested the Congressman watch Glenn Beck. Inglis replied, "Turn that television off when he comes on." This was not well-received by folks who started loudly booing their Representative as many stood up and left the building.
Protest for Me, But Not for Thee. [Scroll down] What we are seeing now in townhalls across this country are middle-class people demanding that their government drop any and every plan to convert America's healthcare system to one like those failing throughout socialized Europe and Canada. Anyone who honestly believed that a man, who had done nothing whatsoever in his entire life but go to school, shout slogans at rallies, and run for office could be an able president, have now been disabused of that fantasy. ... Honey, even a complete nitwit knows that a president, who hires out his real job to 32 czars, is not CEO material.
The Chutzpah of the Town Hall Libel. If the few shout downs you wring your hands over amount to mob rule in your book, you better go back and read your history. Don't forget to include the Bush years when mobs, anger and derangement ruled the day.
Outbursts, Hot Tempers Fill Town Hall Meetings Across U.S.. Loud outbursts, hot tempers and pleas for civility at town hall meetings around the country Saturday [8/8/2009] foreshadowed a long, hot August as Democratic lawmakers returning home faced resistance to proposals to reform the nation's costly health care system. At a meeting in Des Moines, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, was interrupted several times by people in the audience shouting criticism and questions, even though he said he didn't expect Iowans to take part in what he called "scare tactics, misinformation and obstruction."
Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care. Hundreds of people crowded into the BRIDGES building in Downtown Memphis on Saturday [8/8/2009] for a congressional town hall meeting that quickly deviated into a raucous shouting free-for-all, requiring extra law enforcement officers to watch over the scene. The meeting, hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, was scheduled to address constituents' concerns about Social Security and veterans' benefits, but the real topic of the day was health care reform legislation being crafted by Congress.
"Almost Entirely White and Irritable Crowd" of "Angry" Obama-Care Protesters. After years of mainstreaming and idealizing anti-war protesters and marches supporting illegal immigrants as "grandmothers with canes, parents with children in strollers," dissent against a president's policies is no longer cool in Timesland. The [New York] Times finds the newest batch of protesters against Obama health care to be "angry," "irritable" crowds of whites taking marching orders from conservative talk radio and web sites.
Remember when protest was patriotic? When handfuls of Code Pink ladies disrupted congressional hearings or speeches by Bush administration officials, it was taken as evidence that the administration's policies were unpopular, and that the thinking parts of the populace were rising up in true democratic fashion. Even disruptive tactics aimed at blocking President Bush's Social Security reform program were merely seen as evidence of boisterous high spirits and robust, wide-open debate.
The ObamaCare Revolution Wages War on American Democracy. The Obama administration has cynically tried to hijack the Town Hall by transforming into a one way series of meetings, in which enthusiastic carefully chosen citizens voice their approval of his proposed policies. That is not an American Town Hall, it is a Soviet party meeting. In a Town Hall meeting, citizens question their elected representatives. At a party meeting, they give them their wholehearted approval. But it is a part of a pattern for the Obama administration, which works to put an All-American stamp on its un-American program.
Town Hall Rallies — Orchestrated by Those Who Care. There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the town hall protests being organized. ... The left wants the public to think that the "evil" insurance companies are behind them, and that this is all a tactic to save their profits. They might also say that it is the Republican party that is behind this, and that it is all an attack on the President and the Democrats. The only attack I see is the attack the liberal media is making against people exercising their first amendment rights.
Pro-Obama Group Urges Members to Attend Town Hall Meetings. As the Democrat leadership and their media minions dishonestly depict town hall meeting protesters as an angry mob ginned up by conservative organizations, the group that helped get Barack Obama elected president is urging its members to show up at such events to counter dissenting views. Will this get much press attention in the next 48 hours?
At Obama's town hall: Civil disagreement isn't extremism. The Obama administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress dismissed, and even belittled, the taxpayer tea party protests this past spring. Then, ignoring legitimate questions from concerned citizens, they embarked upon an arrogant rush to remake one-sixth of the U.S. economy without giving anyone a chance to read the details. And they wonder why people are showing up at town hall meetings angry and upset.
Something Fishy. For liberals, the morally correct stance on every issue is by definition the liberal one. It is a moral imperative that everyone have health insurance, consequences be damned. To cite possible negative repercussions of liberal policies is to reveal yourself to be ethically and intellectually degenerate. Just look at what liberal pundits and politicians are saying about anti-Obamacare protesters: Paul Krugman vilifies them as racists; to Nancy Pelosi, they are literally Nazis. Got that, America? If you're against government-run health care, you're not just a Nazi, you're a racist Nazi.
Recycling the contempt. Angry lynch mobs (to hear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her sidekick Steny Hoyer tell it) of elderly gents on walking sticks and little blue-haired ladies in their 80s have descended on congressmen at town meetings across the country — in California, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland, Ohio, Georgia and other places. They're taking out their anger and frustration at the Obama health care "reform" in the robust American way, but Mrs. Pelosi professes to see "reform" adrift on a turbulent sea of Nazi swastikas.
Health care outrage is plenty real. When two of Congress' most powerful Democrats bash disagreeing citizens as "un-American," you know the hinges have fallen off. Their smug lecture in a USA Today op-ed piece this week radiates the sanctimonious condescension that is dragging down President Barack Obama's suddenly human approval ratings. "Health care is complex," professors Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer warn. The attendant message: Those displeased are stupid; if they were smarter, they would agree with us. This is an old game for the left. Only they are the smart, virtuous and responsible stewards of the mountains of taxpayer money that is their lifeblood.
Town Hall in Upstate NY: Locals vs the Zombies. I went to a town hall meeting held by my Congressman Scott Murphy (D) yesterday. Here's my report. I found out about the meeting by searching Congressman Murphy's website. The notice was put up less than 24 hours before the meeting. I got to the meeting an hour early. Organizers were already there writing their pro health care reform posters. They brought about 40 people, mostly very nice elderly Democrats who must be on call for such things.
Clown Hall Meetings: Rep. Gene Green has voted against bills that require people to present a photo ID before they vote. But don't show up at one of his public gatherings without a driver's license. You won't get in.
Dem Rep Who Opposes Photo ID To Vote Requiring Photo ID For Town Halls. Congressman Eugene Green, Democrat from Texas, [is] telling the world that if you're not from his District, you're not welcome at his future town hall meetings — oh, and how he'll enforce his new rule... How many dozen other Congressmen who oppose voter ID laws are going to hypocritically enforce voter-ID rules at their town halls — And does that mean that controlling their meetings more important than controlling the voting process?
Did someone mention Voter ID laws?
Obama Lies on Single-Payer, Disses Post Office. In a just-completed New Hampshire town hall meeting, President Obama stated that he never said he supported a single-payer health care system. But as clearly evidenced by [a YouTube] video, in 2003, he declared: "I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan." Meanwhile, at another point of today's town hall meeting, Obama was pushing back against the idea that the creation of a new government-run plan would drive private insurers out of business, and he said that UPS and FedEx were doing fine, but "it's the post office that's always having problems." Oops!
The Alinsky Way Vs. the American Way. It takes neither a genius, nor a shrink, to see why Alinskyite Democrat pols are so confused by all this 1776 Redux confronting them in their home-district townhalls. Since they are so accustomed to calling up pals in unions and various other community agitators for a little rent-a-mob action to bolster support for their agendas, they naturally project this tactic onto anyone opposing their issue positions.
Sen. Cardin Booed, Jeered at Health Town Hall. Sen. Ben Cardin had to shout his way through a town hall meeting Monday evening [8/10/2009], where angry constituents booed and jeered as the Democratic senator from Maryland tried to explain health care reform working its way through Congress. Cardin was booed and jeered repeatedly throughout his 25-minute presentation and the question-and-answer period. The crowd had to be asked to calm down to allow him to continue.
When the Right Protests, It Must Be Wrong. Americans are not supposed to protest the incredible overreach of government. Congress can pass a $787 billion stimulus bill and not even read it, but the people they work for, well, can sit down and shut up. The president can seize control of the auto companies and give a huge stake in ownership to his union supporters, but challenge that and you are somehow standing in the way of Obama fixing the economy. Next, voters are supposed to watch as the Ego-in-Chief tries to destroy the world's best health care system so he and his buddies can run that too. Raise a stink and you get union thugs pushing you around at town hall meetings, or just outright beating you up. And the news media thinks the protesters are to blame, calling their rallies "nasty" or "unruly."
Protester warns: 'You have awakened a sleeping giant'. Nancy Snyder says she kept quiet when abortion was legalized and prayer in schools was eliminated. Not this time. "They did it for prayer, they did it for abortion, and they're not going to do it for our health care," the 70-year-old nurse from Philipsburg, Pa., said Wednesday [8/12/2009] as she and her husband Robert, 74, a retired coal miner, waited in a long, snaking line for Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter's town hall meeting. "We're not standing back this time," Snyder said.
Raucous Crowd Greets Cardin at Health-Care Town Hall in Hagerstown. President Obama's call for civility in the health-care debate fell flat Wednesday [8/12/2009] in Maryland's first congressional town hall meeting after his plea. An increasingly rowdy crowd of 450 packed a community college auditorium in Hagerstown and repeatedly shouted down Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), even screaming at questioners who did not quickly make a point.
There's Something Happening Here. It began with the tea parties. People of all ages joined in huge protests against the massive spending approved in Washington. They gathered by the thousands in cities and towns from coast to coast to speak out against the huge stimulus plan. Yet, for months not much was covered by the mainstream media and President Barack Obama told the press that he didn't know anything about the tea parties.
Obamacare Meltdown. It appears that community organizing and grassroots are terms reserved solely for liberal activism. A number of taxpayer and patients rights groups post the location of town halls on the internet, and Democrats in charge act as though it is an abomination to democracy. Yet when then Senator Obama throws together an operation of a million liberal activists, so organic they created an iPhone app for it, that's just good old fashioned political organizing. Right!
Rep. Green to require photo ID at town halls. A Texas congressman, worried about disruptions at his town halls, wants to weed out people who want to attend but don't live in his district. Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) has announced on his website that he will require attendees to show photo identification to get into his town halls to prove that they're his constituents. ... His decision drew derision from Republicans who noted that he voted against a Republican amendment that would have required Medicaid recipients to prove they are citizens by showing photo ID.
Yes, They Really Are Mad. Inside, Arlen Specter was taking 30 questions, most, as befits the general well-mannered nature of Central Pennsylvanians, polite if forceful. Only one man invited an invitation to leave, instantly making himself cable fodder. "You have awakened a sleeping giant," said a 35-year old woman captured on camera who confessed she had not heretofore paid much attention to things political.
Jackson Lee says she wasn't trying to keep away health plan foes. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee ... denied she had attempted to dodge opponents by giving short notice and not widely publicizing her town hall meeting ... Occasional chastising punctuated the rest of the meeting, some comments accusing her of wasting time when introducing a state politician who had joined the crowd and other jeers when she talked on her cell phone while a constituent posed a question to her.
Sheila Jackson Lee Is A Liar, And Not A Convincing One At That. Queen Sheila, known more informally as haughty Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), doesn't even have the decency to apologize for gabbing away on her cellphone during a healthcare townhall meeting and ignoring a concerned woman who was asking her a question.
Health care event attendee lied about being doctor. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on Thursday [8/13/2009] distanced herself from a University of Houston graduate student and Texas Obama delegate who falsely identified herself as a pediatric physician at the congresswoman's health care reform town hall meeting this week. ... Jared Woodfill, chairman of Harris County Republican Party, on Thursday said Mayer's misrepresentation "shows you what we've known all along." "The Democrats," he said, "will do anything it takes to pass Obamacare, whether it's misrepresentation, deception, trickery or outright fraud. It appears there are no boundaries to what they are willing to do."
Why Sheila Jackson Lee Is the Least Respected Lawmaker in Congress: During a townhall meeting, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), stopped to take a call on her cellphone.
Obamacare's Fake Doctor. I guess since Obama's spent the last month insulting surgeons and otolaryngologists, it's no surprise that Obamacare supporters would have to get a fake doctor to come as Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee questions about it. The Houston Chronicle is just catching onto a story about Obamacare's non-doctor that California conservative blogger Patterico broke last week after the Chronicle credulously publicized her question as "from a physician."
'Town Halls' a Chance for the President, Not the Public, to Vent. What the White House is calling a "town hall meeting" does not quite follow in the tradition of the public-driven forums that sprouted centuries ago in New England. It's more like a press conference for the public. In an orderly fashion, selected members of the audience pose brief questions, and the president elaborates. And elaborates. And elaborates.
Obamacare Or Logan's Run? The important thing to remember is that the Founding Fathers gave us the opportunity to survive bad administrations by voting the miscreants out of the House every two years.
Sorry, Snobs: Town-Hall Rage is Real Democracy. The best moment of almost every YouTube video of the raucous town-hall meetings on health care is the same: It's the nonplussed look on the face of the senators and congressmen who have rarely suffered such indignity. Be assured: No one talks to them that way in the "members only" elevators in the US Capitol. Nancy Pelosi and Co. insist that the town-hall protesters are the tools of special interests. Not likely. Almost all of the special interests have been enticed or bullied into cooperating with ObamaCare.
The Etiquette Czar's Rules for Patriotic Protest. [Rule #5] No mean signs. That 11-year-old daughter of a Massachusetts Obama donor and campaigner who was randomly chosen to criticize the scary posters held up by town hall protesters in New Hampshire was right. "Mean" signs are, well, mean. Never mind the placards that blared "Bush is the only dope worth shooting" in Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco and the assassination art depicting former President Bush with a gun to his head in Chicago. "Obama is a socialist" is a sign too far and cannot be tolerated in a civil society. Period.
Roadblocks Devised to Push Back Against Health Care Town Hall Protesters. Americans who want to express their opinions on health care reform at town halls across the country are encountering a host of roadblocks, ranging from fake schedules to a demand that they show their driver's licenses or photo identification. Supporters of President Obama's plan say they are pushing back against opposition that is disruptive and designed to shut down debate. But opponents say the supporters' tactics are underhanded and designed to undermine democracy in action.
The Anti-Obama Groundswell Begins? The citizens complaining at town hall meetings are not "plants" but a real grass roots swell. The people want their country back. The DNC is firm in their belief that the RNC would use exactly the same tactics as it has used in the past. Planting people at political rallies to cause a raucous is not only a DNC trick, but also the documented behavior of ACORN.
NY Times Blames GOP for Town Hall 'Hostility'. The New York Times suddenly isn't so fond of community organizing, now that the right has gotten into the game, attacking Obama's health-care proposals in clamorous town halls held by Democratic congressmen over the August recess. In fact, the Times agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that such meetings have become "hostile" and "extreme."
Protesting the Protesters. How odd that in a different context, with different protesters, these disruptions would be seen as brave. But it's not brave at all, according to the media. That's because, for once, the media is not on the protesting side. Instead, the media is the "power" that's being spoken to -- and that confuses them. And so they mock.
Protests are now Un-American! ... Huh? [Scroll down slowly] I suggest to you that one of the early steps in the creation of Leviathan in the USA is to outlaw dissent that is not to the Sovereign's liking. To resist this is to be freemen, these are not the actions of a mob. It is our duty to our posterity. Do we really want to become a secular progressive, collectivist paradise with chronic unemployment at 15% or higher? Do we really want to minimize spiritual values and substitute materialism? Do we want to throw out the US Constitution and make up the rules as we go?
The Hope of Obama vs. the Wisdom of Madison. [Scroll down] Obama is trying to ram through a massive, wholesale reinvention of American health care, which is alarming and even frightening people, especially the elderly. They, in turn, are reacting en masse, with thousands of people turning out for town halls in venues that can accommodate only several hundred. President Obama has embraced a my-way-or-the-highway approach, and it is stirring up fierce resistance, not just among Republicans, but also increasingly among independents (where Obama's support is dropping at a startling rate).
The People Are Angry? You Don't Say. What's becoming apparent to the American public is that we have an imperious Congress full of big egos and little minds, greedy, near-sighted people who are drowning future generations in debt and have the gall to demand that people calm down.
Thousands in Atlanta protest health care reform. A few thousand people gathered Saturday [8/15/2009] in downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park to protest a health care overhaul led by the president and other Democratic leaders.
Obama's Forfeited Credibility Sabotaging Obamacare. Nothing could be so real as the American people, emboldened by their passion for liberty, standing up against a callous, dishonest government trolling for its freedoms in exchange for false promises. All the proof we need that Obama and Democrats recognize the authenticity of this grass-roots protest is their hysterical reaction to it. They wouldn't be hyperventilating about it if they believed it to be fake, but would use their super-majorities to ram through this bill.
ABC Tries to Tie Health Care Town Hall Protesters to Hate Groups. ABC News correspondent Brian Ross tried to connect the health care town hall protesters to hate groups on Friday's [8/14/2009] GMA. Ross cited the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose left-wing political affiliation he omitted, and used two sound bites from the SPLC's Mark Potok, who hyped that President Obama supposedly "triggered fears among ... white people ... that they are somehow losing their country."
Elite Meltdown. The face-off between the ruling party and the people continues to unfold, as Democrat politicians hold town hall meetings across the country to build support for the Obama administration's latest power grab, misleadingly labeled 'health care reform.' The faux outrage politicians manufacture on demand has been replaced by real outrage. Outrage at the American people for failing to understand the nuances, the broad outline of a 1,000 page plus bill that most politicians haven't even read.
Opposition for 'Obamacare' voiced. If the crowd at a town hall for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was indicative of eastern New Mexico, it's a safe bet the region does not approve of health care reform making its way through Congress. Those in attendance made grievances known to Bingaman at the Clovis Civic Center on Tuesday night [8/18/2009].
Who's Crazy Now? Talk of death panels and crazy signs is, if polls are to be believed, a tiny fringe of the many Americans who do not like this health care plan much. It's even, as far as I can tell, a small minority of the many Americans attending town hall meetings to harangue their congressmen. Democrats appear to think that blowing those people up into the totality of the movement will help them win the PR battle on healthcare.
All stirred up at Tea Party. About 7,000 people crowded into Falls River Square Wednesday night [8/19/2009] for the first Akron Tea Party. Organizers said it was the largest Ohio Tea Party so far.
'Tea Party' Organizers Plan Anti-'Obamacare' Rallies Across the Country. If Democratic lawmakers thought all the furor over President Obama's health care plan expressed this month at town hall meetings was dying down, they might be in for a surprise Saturday [8/22/2009]. That's when citizens are planning anti-"Obamacare" rallies across the country Saturday in all 435 congressional districts. And their message is clear: We will not stand for socialized, government-controlled health care.
Explaining the Town-Hall Protests. For the most part, these individuals are not funded or organized by anybody. They really are grass roots. Sure, there may be a few top-down "astroturf" groups and some special-interest groups that are secretly gleeful. But there is no way the kind of spontaneous outpouring we've witnessed could be bought or organized by anyone. Why are they so angry? The reasons are manifold, but the single biggest reason is the arrogance of our elected officials in Washington.
February Prediction Proves True in August: Obama Is New Jimmy Carter. It's as simple as this: Just as semi-rural Georgia politics of the mid-1970s couldn't be imposed on the Washington establishment, Chicago-style, brute-force politics doesn't work, either. Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress started digging a hole when they decided to force-feed massive health care reform on the American people in the middle of an unprecedented financial crisis. And with every town hall meeting, press conference and leak of a new strategy, they just keep digging that hole deeper.
Trinkets that stick it to Obama start to sell. In the political paraphernalia department, "Yes, we can" is becoming "No, he can't." Anti-Obama memorabilia — from T-shirts to bumper stickers to buttons — is increasingly emerging in the marketplace as the president's economic and health care policies polarize supporters and detractors.
Obama supporters, not health care protesters, are real mob. [Scroll down] The town hall and Tea Party protesters, in contrast, make for a poor mass movement, however discontented they may be. They do not feel empowered — quite the opposite — they have no charismatic leader, no majorities in Congress, nor a clear, overarching alternative agenda to support. They are generally disillusioned with the leftward lurch of the Obama administration. They share a common fear for the nation's prosperity, the exploding deficit and an overreaching Congress.
An Open Letter To Obamacare Protesters. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca., however, has characterized your protests as "un-American." The DNC has called you an "angry mob," and stated that you are all in the pockets of "special-interest" groups. And Arlen Specter, D-Pa., has stated that you are "not really representative of America." Apparently, it's OK for buses full of ACORN, AFL-CIO, SEIU and HCAN members to roll up to town hall meetings to challenge you while you protest. Those people aren't in the pockets of "special interest" groups; they are merely engaging in "community organizing." When you try it, of course, you're an "angry mob."
Why Americans are Up in Arms. [Scroll down] These talking heads glossed over a crucial detail: the man carrying the AR-15 was black. They were dishonestly trying to portray the group of gun toting citizens in Arizona as racists. MSNBC cleverly edited the video footage to show only the semi-automatic rifle, hiding the face of its bearer, Chris, an African American. The liberal media conveniently ignore that in 2000 at one of George W. Bush's events, Black Panthers demonstrated while carrying firearms. The Black Panthers actually have a history of murder and violence in contrast to the Phoenix demonstrators.
Stop playing the race card. As an American who happens to be black, I say to those who are playing the race card in the healthcare debate: Stop it! The very people who do all the hand-wringing about racism are the first to use it to divide us, and we are tired of it. The racial denigration of those who show up at town meetings as "angry white folks" is disgusting.
More about liberals and the minority voter.
Cheers, jeers ... and fears at Town hall forum hosted by Michele Bachmann. The national debate over health care turned into a boisterous and sometimes angry argument Thursday afternoon [8/27/2009] in Lake Elmo during a town hall meeting hosted by Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Stillwater. The auditorium at Oak-Land Junior High School was filled with Bachmann's passionate supporters and opponents, and they frequently erupted into shouting matches during an hourlong question-and-answer session.
"It ain't (America) no more, OK?" The very same leftists who won't debate, who shout down, while professing to embrace free speech, have yet again shown the world just who has spat on the First Amendment on their road to fascism. This video was taken on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at Rep. Jim Moran's (D-VA) Town Hall meeting on Obama Deathcare (Howie Dean was there too) held at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA.
Thousands attend tea party protest in ABQ. A vocal crowd of over a thousand people gathered near Montgomery and Louisiana Boulevard in Albuquerque Wednesday [9/2/2009] to protest the federal government's spending habits. Retired teacher Yvonne Estrada gave up her bowling night to join thousands of other New Mexicans Wednesday who turned out to voice their concerns about the economy and the federal government's spending habits.
Congress Is Shooting the Messenger. So convinced is the left that their health care reform is right, that not only are all others wrong, but their very opposition means they have committed a wrong. They have dare challenged the pharaoh's view and now they must pay -- in the past, with their lives; today, with their reputations. If they hold a tea party to protest, they're quacks. Vent their rage at a town hall, they're stooges. Question the president's agenda, they're racists.
Protest Signs Banned From Dem Health Care Reform Rally. [Scroll down] Insiders said a blanket e-mail was sent out to known President Barack Obama backers in Columbus, encouraging a strong showing of support. Rally placards were handed out. Opponents said they were treated unfairly at the rally, though. Those who oppose the measure said they were told to check their signs at the door. "They said no outside signs, but they had union-printed inside signs. So, it's just troubling because we really care about our country, and we really care about all these people," one opponent said.
Media Mislead With Coverage Of Town Halls. Health care reform is said to be in trouble partly because of those raucous August town hall meetings in which Democratic members of Congress were besieged by shouters opposed to change. But what if our media-created impression of the meetings is wrong? ... There is an overwhelming case that the electronic media went out of their way to cover the noise and ignored the calmer (and from television's point of view "boring") encounters between elected representatives and their constituents.
What I Learned From the 'Mob': I spoke with thousands of voters at town-hall meetings this summer. What I gathered from them is that it's not just the proposed overhaul of health care that has them upset. Many also expressed a sense of betrayal. In spite of their hope for change, it still appears that the government in Washington is run for its own benefit and the benefit of special interests — not for the benefit of the American people.
It ain't America no more. In America, school security guards don't get to revise the First Amendment to suit their whims. Nobody does. But that's exactly what happened at a Reston town-hall meeting sponsored by Alexandria Democratic Rep. James P. Moran last week. Fairfax County Public School Security Officer Wesley Cheeks Jr. took it upon himself to decide that one sign — among a panoply found outside the event — crossed the line.
Most Voters Say Town Hall Meetings Should Be for Congressmen to Listen, Not Speak. Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide say that it's more important for Congressmen to hear the view of their constituents rather than explain the proposed health care legislation. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% hold the opposite view while 7% are not sure.
Inhofe blasts Obama at Grove town hall. Right-thinking Americans can only hope the country will survive the next 16 months of the Obama administration until Republicans can regain control of Congress, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday [9/2/2009]. "I never dreamed I would see an administration try to disavow all the things that have made this country different from all others," Inhofe told more than 300 people at a town hall meeting in the Grove Community Center.
Health care costs money; real rights don't. With all due respect to Cassandra Barham of Cincinnati, whose personal desire for health insurance is perfectly understandable, and to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose confusion is not: Health care is not and cannot be a "right." Barham drew boos at a town hall conducted Tuesday [9/1/2009] by Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown when she said, "You know, health care is a right."
Jaw Dropping Arrogance From Obscure Congressman. It is not just the career safe seat members of Congress and the Senate who are vulnerable to getting caught up in the arrogance and elitism of power. Relative back bencher Baron Hill from Indiana's 9th District might well have surged into the lead in the contest to see which member of congress had the most out of touch and arrogant attitude during the town hall meetings.
The Reason for Our Discontent: The arrogance of power and disdain for average Americans is what fueled much of the dissent expressed in town hall meetings. Growing numbers of people see a small cadre of government, academic and media elites caring nothing about them, except when it comes to their tax dollars. Many, especially those who are conservative and even worse, religious, are viewed by these elites as enemies of progress and sophistication. They are mocked as NASCAR-loving, flag-waving, God-worshipping trailer trash. The people are getting the message and properly expressing themselves by peacefully (and loudly) assembling and petitioning government for a redress of their grievances.
The Liberal Media's Favorite "Republican": On the day of the protest, September 12, the Washington Post used an old liberal media trick — trying to depict the protesters showing up in Washington, D.C. as extremists. In order to give this attack some semblance of credibility, the paper ran a story quoting "a former adviser" to Republican senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain as saying that he was afraid that "right-wing nutballs" and "freaks" would dominate media coverage of the event. But the real "nutball" or "freak" was the adviser, Mark McKinnon. The Post, which is referred to by critics as the "Compost," failed to disclose that McKinnon is a well-known liberal who panders to the "mainstream media" in order to get headlines.
Shouts, insults fly at Rep. Israel's health care town hall. Rep. Steve Israel gamely tried to explain the proposed health care reform Monday night [10/5/2009], but was often shouted down during his town hall-style meeting at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Israel (D-Huntington) at one point pleaded with those in the crowd yelling at him to "stop calling me a liar and listen." Judging by the ever-increasing decibel level, he did not win over many converts.
120 heckle Rep. Holt at 'town hall' meeting. As Rep. Rush Holt prepared to talk economy, health care, education and national security inside Marlboro Memorial Middle School tonight [1/25/2010], Ian Gratton of Farmingdale was sending a message of his own. "We are wide awake...and you're fired," read a sign Gratton held up for passersby outside the school.
Dem lawmaker cancels town hall due to security concerns. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) canceled a town hall on the new healthcare law Tuesday [3/30/2010] because of concerns about the security of the event. The congressman's office cited safety issues at the facility where the meeting was to take place and threats to his office, according to a report by News21.
Some Dems get earful back home for supporting health reform bill. Some politically vulnerable Democrats are getting an earful from constituents about their yes votes on healthcare reform. The criticism from constituents is not as fervent as the feedback members of Congress received at last summer's town halls. But some voters have let legislators know they were not pleased with the passage of healthcare reform.
Congressman: 'I Don't Worry About the Constitution' on Health Care Overhaul. Confronted by an angry Tea Partier with a camera Thursday [4/1/2010], an Illinois congressman said in front of several constituents at a town hall that he doesn't care whether the new health care law violates the Constitution, as some critics have claimed.
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Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage. If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts. It was no scheduling accident.
'Party of the People' Hides from Them. Remember those hoary days of yesteryear, those days when Democrats puffed themselves up as "the party of the people," of that "party of the common man"? Flash forward to 2010 and we find that those stalwart homespun congressmen, born of the people have set a policy to avoid those "people," the voters, at all costs. This summer break instead of coming home to visit with constituents and hearing them out at traditional townhall meetings that are usually held by members of Congress returning home, today's Democrats are skulking into town quietly and once home refusing to hold such meetings where they can see their constituents.
Dems Shy From Town Hall Anger. If you were hoping for a repeat of those town hall meetings last summer where Democrats were confronted by angry voters who opposed President Obama's health care bill, well, forget it. They're cancelled. Democrats passed government-run Obamacare, despite strong grassroots opposition in their states and districts, and now these so-called "public servants" are unwilling to go through the democratic ritual of having to listen to what dissatisfied voters think of them now.
Congressman blames town hall incident on opponent, apologizes. Video emerged Monday [7/12/2010] that shows Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) and an audience member getting into an argument over his vote for the healthcare reform law. The attendee suggested that the lawmaker stretched the facts about the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the provision. He shot back, saying "Don't accuse me of not saying the truth."
Rep. Rodriguez, D-Tex., loses it. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Tex., is partying like it's Town Hall Summer 2009. He's the latest congressman to go viral for all the wrong reasons, and he's holding down a district that went for Obama with 51 percent of the vote. His Republican opponent is Quico (KEE-ko) Canseco.
A Congressman, Held Accountable. If you don't think voters are up in arms about the discriminatory policies of Barack Obama's Department of Justice, check out this video of a town hall meeting held by Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman, CA-27. A constituent asks him about DOJ's dismissal of charges against members of the New Black Panther Party and describes the case accurately. Sherman claims not to have heard about it, drawing fury from the crowd.
Congressman Says He Didn't Know Black Panther Case Because Media Didn't Cover It. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., in a written statement released late Tuesday, accused Fox News of launching "attacks on me" for showing video of the meeting. He said he would soon send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the incident and "the importance of allegations of voter intimidation," but said the "major sources of information which I rely upon most" did not mention the issue. But he also offered an excuse for missing the news, saying none of the media he reads covered it.
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Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and accept the idea that he really didn't know about the Philadelphia case. But really, if you're a Congressman, you really should not get all your information from MSNBC and the Washington Post.
'Big Spending' Democrats May Face Town Hall Anger Anew. As members of Congress head back to their districts for the August recess, they could be met by the same rowdy town halls that rocked the national healthcare debate last summer. But this summer, record-breaking government spending would fuel the voter uprising, conservatives say.
Rep. Pete Stark doesn't believe there are constitutional limits on federal government. What is Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., thinking? Following the publication of a video in which the congressman derides his own constituents for their concerns over border security (suggesting that they probably "kill people"), Stark spoke at a town hall in which he noted that there are few limitations on the federal government.
The Stark Reality. At the end of June, the nation witnessed firsthand the behavior of California Congressman, Fortney "Pete" Stark, towards what he clearly regards as the commoners in his district. This video received over 259,000 hits from a populace tired of being told by elected officials across the land to "talk to the hand." Stark's contemptuous behavior just reared its ugly head once again this past Saturday, July 24th at another town hall meeting in his district.
No, Congressman, government does have limits. When Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., was told during a July 24 town hall meeting with constituents that he and public officials like him were "destroying this nation," he smirkingly replied, "And I guess you're here to save it. And that makes me very uncomfortable." This derision of a constituent was particularly poignant, considering that the questioner had only asked what limits would remain on the federal government if Congress could get away with passing a bill as destructive of individual rights as Obamacare.
Stark Raving. The federal government, according to Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, can do anything it wants. If there are indeed no checks on the state's power, as the congressman claims, then the state is a tyrant.
Democrats Ducking Town Halls. Numerous vulnerable House Democrats are refusing to schedule town hall meetings in their districts over the summer recess. A survey conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee shows that of 75 Democratic House members who are targeted for defeat by the GOP, 65 have not yet scheduled a town hall meeting with their constituents.
The Left's Deranged Hatred of Allen West. On the list of things that make progressives gnash their teeth and foam at their mouths, little tops an African-American of the conservative persuasion. Even more horrifying to the Left is one who makes clear: "you're not going to intimidate me," as Congressman Allen West (R-FL) said at a Tuesday night [4/26/2011] town hall meeting where leftists, including former Air America host Nicole Sandler (who was later arrested), tried to disrupt the event.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Booed Over Birth Control Policy. Representative Kathy Hochul (D-26th District) was booed at her own town hall meeting on Friday morning [2/24/2012] in Lancaster. The packed crowd was critical of Hochul for supporting President Obama's plan to require religiously affiliated employers, such as hospitals and schools, to provide full contraception coverage to female employees.
'Where's The Fence?' Sen. McCain Faces Angry Residents While Defending Immigration Plan During Town Hall. On Tuesday night [2/19/2013], Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) faced a frustrated crowd when defending his immigration plan during a town hall meeting. Responding to concerns about border security, McCain received a less-than-pleased reaction from residents.
Al Sharpton's Chicago Town Hall Erupts into Revolt Against Machine Politics. On Thursday [12/19/2013], a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against "Chicago Machine" politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials.
Which side is using "Astroturf"?
Immigration and Astroturf. What if all isn't as it seems? What if the reality you found is completely false and contradictory to the reality you are told exists? The stories that now predominate the news headlines in America are not actually news at all. What passes for the news today is nothing more than carefully constructed narratives created by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion while pushing an artificial agenda. This is the essence of what veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson defines as astroturf. Attkisson explains that astroturf disguises itself as being legitimate while in actuality it's not as astroturf is a "perversion of grassroots by corporations, special interests and political interests of all stripes exploiting the media and the internet to try and convince you [that] there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not."
The Artificial Outrage of Paid Protestors and Rent-A-Mobs. Every day on the news there are stories of well-organized protests. I report from the California State Capitol which almost daily is ground zero for some group protesting a grievance. As a political journalist, I am skeptical of most protests. It does not matter if the protestors are wearing hard hats and orange vests and stand all day in front of an office building under construction, or a prominent restaurant feigning outrage showcasing a giant inflatable rat to passersby. [...] While every citizen is entitled to his or her own voice for a cause, the professional paid protesters who appear at protests all across the state and even across national borders are mercenaries.
GOP Debate's Islamic-Advocate Questioner Also Is A Bernie Sanders Supporter. The Islamic advocate and fashion-blogger invited by Google and Fox to question the GOP's 2016 candidates at the Jan. 28 debate is also a supporter of far-left 2016 candidate, Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Nabela Noor tweeted a picture of herself wearing a red Sanders sweatshirt on Jan. 16.
Audience Member at Dem Town Hall Appears to Admit CNN Wrote His Question. One audience member named Brett Rosenberg began to ask a question to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton but initially misspoke. "Secretary Sanders ... Clinton ... Sorry," Rosenberg began. "That's okay," Clinton responded. The audience laughed at the mistake while Rosenberg said with an embarrassed smile, "I can see why they gave you this question. I just wanted to know which of our previous presidents has inspired you most and why." Rosenberg's comment appeared to suggest that his question was prepared by someone else and fed to him to ask rather than his own original question. CNN and the Democratic Iowa Party were the two organizations directly involved with holding and organizing the event.
Inside the Garden of Political Town Hall Plants. On Thursday, CNN will host a town hall with President Obama as part of his "final-year push to make gun control part of his legacy." In addition to sitting down with liberal anchor Anderson Cooper, the network says Obama will "take questions from the audience." Uh-oh. Get out your best pruning shears and trowels. In an age of micromanaged partisan stagecraft and left-wing media enablers, there is no such thing as a spontaneous question. CNN has a long history of allowing political plants to flourish in its public forums.
DC Media and Black Lives Matter Collaborate to Disrupt Trump Events. The entire DC Media Complex is sending out a loud and clear message: If you disrupt these campaign events, we promise to make Trump rallies look like Nazi gatherings. Think about how perfectly what happened Monday night in Las Vegas fits with the Narrative Trap the media is currently attempting to set for Trump. Just one day after the New York Times compared Trump supporters to Nazis, at last night's rally, a so-called "Trump supporter" yelled "Sieg Heil!" as a Black Lives Matter protester was hauled away by security.
Breitbart: Nazi-Saluting Trump Rallygoer 'Was Probably A Left-Wing Plant'. Breitbart editor-at-large John Nolte opined Tuesday [12/15/2015] that the Trump rally attendee who shouted "Sieg Heil" at a #BlackLiveMatter protester was probably not an actual Donald Trump supporter, but a leftist infiltrator.
New Hillary Ad: '44 Boys Is Too Many' in White House. Hillary Clinton released an ad this morning featuring girls saying there have been too many boys in the White House. "It has been ridiculous that there has never been a female president before," one of the girls says, reading from a letter that she wrote to Clinton. "Forty-four boys is too many," writes another. The Clinton camp used this as the title of the ad. "It will be hard work to be a grandma and president," another girl says. "I know you can do it."
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Top 10 Astroturfers. The whole point of astroturf is to try to convince you there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not. The language of astroturfers and propagandists includes trademark inflammatory terms such as: anti, nutty, quack, crank, pseudo-science, debunking, conspiracy theory, deniers and junk science. Sometimes astroturfers claim to "debunk myths" that aren't myths at all. They declare debates over that aren't over. They claim that "everybody agrees" when everyone doesn't agree. They aim to make you think you're an outlier when you're not. Astroturfers and propagandists tend to attack and controversialize the news organizations, personalities and people surrounding an issue rather than sticking to the facts. They try to censor and silence topics and speakers rather than engage them.
The Hit Job on Fox News. Sixty veterans signing a much publicized "Open Letter to Fox News" — yet the signers were mysteriously never identified beyond the military branch in which they served. No wonder. I have been through the list of sixty, and it is filled with Obama campaign workers, one ex-Obama White House aide, liberal activists, Democratic Party congressional candidates, Democratic Party state legislators, and more.
White House Writes NFL Players' Pro-Obamacare Tweets. Obamacare got a boost from current and former National Football League players on Super Bowl Sunday after the White House sent suggested language for laudatory tweets to a representative of the league's players union. [...] The Ravens received a $130,000 contract from Maryland Health Connection, the state's Obamacare exchange, last year to promote Obamacare. The NFL decided to forego an agreement with officials in charge of the Obamacare rollout.
Obama Allegedly Wrote 'Tea Baggers' in Handwritten Letter. According to a report in The New York Post, President Barack Obama allegedly responded to a letter he received from a Texas school teacher who was concerned about the negative impact the Affordable Care Act may have on the president's political position by referring to conservative Americans as "tea baggers." "This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment," wrote Thomas Ritter, a fifth-grade teacher at Sally B. Elliott Elementary in Irving, Texas. "The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed."
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EPA 'Public Listening Session' Turns Into Sierra Club Talking Session. Usually the speakers [at a public hearing] are an eclectic mix of industry representatives, activists, academics, students, and even religious leaders. Although the EPA hearing yielded the same mix of speakers, this time I noticed they were all wearing green Sierra Club "Climate Action Now" shirts. The reason for this, I would later learn, was that the Sierra Club had mobilized hundreds of activists, transported them via bus (I presume of the fossil-fuel powered kind), prepped their testimonies the night before, and completely dominated the morning speaker slots.
In political messaging wars, White House deploys a Twitter army. Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it wanted to swiftly knock down. [...] White House officials quickly began firing off a barrage of tweets on Twitter, which has become one of the administration's most potent and relied-upon weapons in trying to shape public opinion and media reports.
Obamacare "Success Story" Is Democratic Progressive Politician, Pictured With Obama In 2008. Michael Cadigan has a lovely story, trumpeted after the initial Obamacare roll out and beamed around the country, including on the site of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi where she is pushing "success stories". He allegedly signed up himself and his employees in his law firm in 15 minutes on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange and supposedly saved a [sic] $1000 on their prior plans.
55 percent of Obama's Twitter followers are fake. An incredibly high percentage of President Obama's Twitter followers are fake, while the opposite is true for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. According to the Twitter analytics application, Status People, 55 percent of President Obama's 36,802,378 Twitter followers — or approximately 20,240,107 followers — are fake. A 'fake follower,' according to Status People, is a spam account following the user.
IG report: State Department spent $630,000 to increase Facebook 'likes'. The State Department spent over $630,000 to increase Facebook "likes" for four of its pages on the social-networking site, according to an inspector general's report. The efforts, which involved advertising initiatives between 2011 and March 2013, increased the fan numbers for each page from about 100,000 to more than 2 million, the report said. But employees complained that the agency was "buying fans," according to the inspector general.
The high price of Astroturf:
State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook 'likes'. State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency's inspector general says. The department's Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its "likes" count between 2011 and March 2013. "Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as 'buying fans' who may have once clicked on an ad or 'liked' a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further," the inspector general reported.Did Union Democrats Stage a Fake Fight at Ohio Romney Rally? [Scroll down] First off, Al Neal claimed he was from Canton, but a search of voter records shows that there is no one by that name in Canton or anywhere else in Stark County. In fact, he is a union organizer from Arizona. [...] And finally, what about [Richard] Brysacz himself? He told the reporter that he was from Parma. He is registered to vote where he claims he is, and he appears to be as very active voter indeed. As a Democrat.
Allen West Attacked by AstroTurf Leftist Organization. The continued assault on Congressman Allen West by the progressive/Democrat establishment has taken a new twist as a mysterious group is now soliciting prospective protesters online and paying them for their "protesting" services.
Organizer admits to paying 'Occupy DC' protesters. A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend "Occupy DC" protests happening in the nation's capital. TheDC attended the protest event, an expansion of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement that began in New York City. Some aspects of the protest, it turned out, are more Astroturf than grassroots.
NYT redefines Astroturf. Comparing the Tea Party movement with the Occupy Wall Street protests is like comparing patriotism with communism. Arrests at a Tea Party rally? Heaven forfend. On Saturday alone, New York police had to arrest 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters. One movement came from the people. The other is a union/socialist worker front that even has a New York City firm working its public relations. Naturally, the opinion writers at the New York Times got it morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positely, absolutely, undeniably and reliably wrong.
Union Astroturf Pretends Like Tea Partiers to Attack GOP. These protests have been organized by Obama's supporters in government unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO as well as far left NGOs such as MoveOn.org, Campaign for America's Future and others. ... There is no parallel at all between these fake, astroturfed protests funded by Democrat operatives and union thugs and the spontaneous protests peopled by real voters that occurred in 2009, gatherings that eventually became the full-blown Tea Party movement.
2 ex-Dem leaders charged in fake tea party scheme. Two former high-ranking members of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing various election corruption charges in a bogus tea party scheme, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and County Sheriff Michael Bouchard announced Wednesday [3/16/2011]. ... They face charges related to Independent Tea Party filings, false affidavits and forged documents that occurred between July 23 and July 26 last year.
Democrats Rally Their Own Activists. Supporters of President Obama formerly signed up as members of "Obama for America" received an email today [8/9/2009] from Mitch Stewart, the director of the group's current incarnation, Organizing for America, to show up at town halls and congressional offices as a counter to the protestors against the president's health care reform push.
Democrats' Fear Is Showing on Health Care. The Democratic Party is panicking, lashing out like a cornered animal, all because its effort to take over the health care industry is coming apart like so much wet toilet paper. Nancy Pelosi, who will get her own bound volume in the annals of asininity, has outdone herself. When asked by a reporter whether the protests at various town hall meetings represented legitimate grassroots opposition or were manufactured "Astroturf" stunts, she replied, "I think they're Astroturf. You be the judge. They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care."
Left begins smear campaign against Town Hall protests. The first thing you have to understand is that it is impossible, according to the left, for conservatives to have a legitimate protest. Only liberals have "authentic" grass roots so the idea of the right demonstrating against anything — in their lights — is a political trick. We are a "Brooks Brothers Brigade" or, "radicals" or "mobs." The demonstrations at Town Hall meetings on health care reform are "astroturfing" — planned and paid for by insurance industry lobbyists.
'Grassroots' vs. 'Astroturf': A Pitched Battle Over Health Care. Is the Astroturf always greener on the other side? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has characterized outspoken protests at town hall meetings on health care as "astroturf" — or disingenuous grassroots organization by conservative opponents of the legislation. But President Obama is now calling on his online network of supporters, Organizing for America (OFA), to get involved in the debate.
Grassroots vs. Astroturf. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the White House have called opposition to Democratic health care plans "Astroturf," while organizing their own "authentic" pro-Obamacare rallies at the same time. But there's one important question I have, checking out these protest photos from Denver... If opponents of Obamacare are Astroturf, then how come all of their signs are homemade, with all sorts of different shapes and sizes and colors and stuff...
Astroturfers offered $10-15 an hour to demonstrate for Dems. After I recovered from my outrage over the false accusations of town hall astroturfing by Obama opponents, I became a bit optimistic. Now that the Dems have introduced the term themselves, it opens the door to serious examination of their own deep background in astroturfing.
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Wanted: Obama healthcare reform volunteers willing to be paid $15 an hour. It seems that, despite all the media attention lavished on e-mail appeals to his political supporters, not everyone pushing for President Obama's embattled healthcare reforms these warm August days is an idealistic volunteer in it for the sake of helping move the country forward and gaining medical attention for millions of uncovered Americans.
Coral Gables healthcare rally turns rowdy. A rally called to support a public healthcare option outside Sen. Bill Nelson's Coral Gables office quickly turned into a cross-street chanting and shouting match Thursday afternoon [8/13/2009] between about 250 backers and opponents. The rally, organized by the liberal MoveOn.org, generated the latest in a string of heated and emotional public exchanges about healthcare reform, after opponents of the measures working their way through Congress also showed up.
CBS Describes Democrats as 'Orchestrating' Pro-Obama Town Hall in Montana. On Friday's [8/14/2009] broadcast network evening newscasts, the CBS Evening News uniquely noted that Democrats in Montana had "orchestrated" a friendly environment for President Obama at a Montana town hall event as many Democrats arrived early to secure tickets. After CBS correspondent Chip Reid filed a report in which he relayed that "this crowd was on [Obama's] side," and that "the questions were mostly softballs," Reid brought up "orchestration" as one of the reasons for a friendly crowd: "So why wasn't there more anger in here? For one thing, after accusing Republicans of orchestrating their protests, Democrats did some orchestrating of their own, getting in line early in large numbers and snatching up most of the tickets."
Introducing the Tenth Amendment. In the era of Obama's imperial presidency, with ever accumulating and unaccountable Czars, explosive debt, bank bailouts, corporate takeovers, Congressional redistricting, tax increases, a lack of any perceptible restraint on the judiciary, the sad reality is dawning on many if not finally on most that we live in a post-constitutional nation The volume and emotion of the protests comes both from a sincere anger and panic but also from the frustration of an inarticulate and uninformed citizenry that feels what it doesn't know. People may cry "liberty!" and "hands off" but don't have the education and intellectual ammunition to make a solid case.
Obama and the Upchuck Factor. [Scroll down] This is the first time that the American middle class has taken to the streets in living memory. ... All of a sudden average middle-class Americans are organizing Tea Parties and street protests. The old politics of the liberal "teach-in" has been replaced by the new politics of the town-hall "shout-in." Liberals are beside themselves with rage. They are recounting how their parents lost their jobs during the McCarthy period, and telling each other that opposition to the president's program is all about racism.
Another Even Vaster Right Wing Conspiracy. The vast right wing conspiracy of 2009 has exactly the same purpose it had in 1993 and 1994: to destroy the Democrat's plan to socialize America's health care system.
Slipping into quicksand: [Scroll down] But something funny happened on the way to far-left governance: The American people began to reject what was about to be inflicted on them. The Democrats did not anticipate that their constituents might like a say in how they were being governed. (That whole "government for, by, and of the people" is so 18th-century.) Mr. Obama has been particularly perplexed by the revolt against his ideas, for two main reasons: First, he (like the rest of his party) misread November's election results as a mandate to impose a far-left agenda without debate.
Marine Corps Vet Blasts Dem Congressman. On August 5, Congressman Brian Baird (D-Wash.) likened recent town hall meeting protesters to Nazis: "What we're seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics. I mean that very seriously." On Tuesday [8/23/2009], at such a political gathering in Vancouver, a Marine Corps veteran named David William Hedrick blasted the Congressman for this disgraceful depiction.
Astroturf Liberals vs. Grassroots Conservatives. Watch this video and notice the difference between the professionally printed "official" pro-ObamaCare signs and the homemade unofficial anti-ObamaCare signs.
Vocal minority greet Howard Dean at town hall. Groups backing President Obama's healthcare overhaul filled the 2,700-seat gymnasium where Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) held his healthcare town hall with more than enough supporters to drown out a small but vocal minority of opponents. Organizing for America and Change that Works turned out supporters, handed out signs, gathered signatures and turned the town hall meeting into something that resembled a campaign rally.
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Unions are, I suspect, a major source of "astroturf". All these people have to do is show up — the signs (and sometimes T-shirts) are provided, and no doubt they will be told when to applaud. It is unfortunate that public opinion — and eventually the fate of this country — might be determined by which side shouts the loudest.
Astroturf Video: MoveOn Activists At An ObamaCare Rally.
Liberal Group Caught Teaching People to Silence Health Care Protesters. An organizer from the left-wing group Health Care for America Now was recently caught on tape training town hall attendees on how to silence anybody speaking out against reform.
I Saw Astroturf Grow. [Scroll down] True to her word, Representative Sue Myrick stayed for four and a half hours (until 11:00 p.m.) all three nights to hear everyone out. That was too late for the people with the professionally made signs (the actual "Astroturf"). Most of them went home much earlier, while the conservatives kept the heat on to the very end. That's the kind of passion you must sustain to prevent the government from killing the golden goose of healthcare.
Skeptics Surprise in Skokie. If Rep. Jan Schakowsky hoped to use Monday night's [8/31/2009] town hall meeting as a pep rally for the "public option," she failed. It wasn't for lack of trying. Her staff arrived more than three hours before the event, with boxes of literature and a marked-up version of H.R. 3200 for their boss to use as a prop during the meeting. The HCAN crowd arrived soon afterwards with their manufactured signs and rolls of stickers. As the line grew outside the high school, HCAN organizers began handing out signs to sneak into the auditorium, and instructing supporters to block opposing views from being heard in the meeting or seen by the cameras.
The revolt against the elite. The revolt keeps growing, from tea parties to angry town hall meetings across the country, an uprising against the attempts of an elite to force on us an all-powerful State, about as welcome as grandma's cod-liver oil.
Obama vs. The People. While the official Republican leadership sat in the corner, information flew back and forth between bloggers, activists and talk show hosts and the result was an authentic grass roots movement. "The Mobs" that panicked Democratic politicians and their media press corps decry represent the one thing that a phony grass roots movement like the Obama campaign fear the most... being confronted with an authentic grass roots movement.
Boren says Congress should push for removal of unconfirmed "czars". U.S. Rep. Dan Boren said Congress should use the power of the purse to push the Obama administration to remove so-called czars that do not go through a confirmation process. Responding to questions during a telephonic town hall, the Oklahoma Democrat said he was glad Van Jones, who resigned over the weekend as controversy continued to build over past statements, has left his post.
Much more has been said about Van Jones, if you're interested.
Was Democrats' Health Care Strategy Written In Federal Prison? [Scroll down slowly] A friend and I took turns filming protesters on both sides of the issue. We caught an organizer from the group Health Care for America Now (HCAN) instructing followers to block dissenting views: "So if they stand up and start asking questions, and you're in that area, simply stand up, and start chanting... 'Health care now! Health care now!'"
This is What Astroturf Looks Like. Note the identical, professionally printed, color-coordinated yellow and black signs. This is what Astroturf — fake grass roots — looks like. The signs use the same colors as the International ANSWER signs that are ubiquitous at far-left rallies here in the U.S., but carry no identifier.
Proof That Some People are Being Paid to Show up at Town Halls. Caleb Howe, from redstate.com, has uncovered evidence of people being paid to get involved in the health care debate. At last, we have evidence that some of the protesters are truly astroturf. Unfortunately for Obama and the Democrats, the evidence shows that people are being paid to support ObamaCare, not protest against it.
Astroturfing: Obama plans to flood conservative talk radio with liberal talking points. Organizing for America, the powerful activist organization with some 13 million email addresses that grew out of the Obama campaign, has launched a new website ... The purpose of the website is supply the President's supporters with liberal talking points on health care reform.
Dem Astroturfing Campaign Targets Conservative Talk Radio. Organizing for America — the campaign arm of the Obama administration — is rolling out the astroturf in an effort to get liberal voices heard on the nation's most popular (i.e. conservative) talk radio shows. The campaign is called "On the Air."
Obama Calling In The Stoopids. Liberals always insist that Republicans just recite conservative talking points. Organizing For America are actually issuing them, and the stoopids will be reciting (as best they can...).
Meet Another One of Harry Reid's 'Rent-a-Thugs': Edward 'Eddie' Gering. When thousands of peaceful, Tea Party protestors came to Harry Reid's hometown of Searchlight, Nev. last Saturday [3/27/2010], you would have thought that the favorite son of this hardscrabble, mining town would garner tons of local support. Not so. Members of IBEW Local 357 were called to action to agitate the crowd and, as we've previously shown, to hurl eggs at the busses carrying them.
Video — The Egg Man Of Seachlight, Nevada. When we first reported that Harry Reid Supporters threw eggs at the Tea Party Express bus, some on the left tried to blame Andrew Breitbart, claiming that it never happened, or that if it did, Breitbart probably threw the eggs himself to make the Reid supporters look bad. Too bad for them there is video. In this clip, a Reid supporting union man is busted egg handed!
Tea Party Bus Driver Positively IDs Egg Throwing Culprit. Yesterday [4/5/2010] on Big Government, Levi Russel, the communications director of the Tea Party Express posted an update about the status of the police investigation into who threw eggs at the Tea Party Express bus in Searchlight, Nevada.
Is President Obama Using Executive Powers To Organize Protests? Earlier, we posted about the links between Andy Stern's SEIU and a group called National People's Action (NPA). NPA, together with SEIU and the AFL-CIO, is organizing a series of angry marches against Wall Street and capitalism. NPA is a very dangerous and radical group that isn't shy about its radical philosophy. ... President Obama is very close with NPA board member, John McKnight. Mr. McKnight also sits on the board of the Gamaliel foundation where President Obama worked as a community organizer.
The Media's Untold Story of Astroturf: Corporate Sponsored Environmentalism. It's the American way, right? It is patriotic to exercise the 1st Amendment by petitioning the government for a redress of grievances — unless of course your effort has a tie to some corporation or lobbying interest. Then regardless of its size, it's phony baloney Astroturf activism.
DNC, Obama Now Astroturfing Talk Radio. The shameless media manipulators at the DNC have a new campaign designed to promote Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. As with previous campaigns, the "Kagan for Justice Action Center" is run via a special website set up by Organizing for America. It encourages people to write letters to the editors of newspapers nationwide (And we can presume that, as before, local newspapers will publish DNC talking points without realizing it).
Liberals plan astroturf version of Tea Party town-halls. Democrats and unions are planning to stock town hall meetings with their people, to attack Republicans who voted for spending cuts. I believe Democrats are operating under the assumption that American political life is roughly symmetrical — which it isn't. The basic idea is to replicate the Tea Party summer of 2009, but the article shows that there are a few differences right from the outset.
Democrats Fear Differing Views, Call For Ugly, Un-American Astroturf Campaign. Fox News reports that "Democratic lawmakers and their liberal supporters are trying to ignite a storm of protest at town hall meetings being held by Republicans during the current congressional recess that they hope will give them momentum going into the 2012 presidential election season."
Alinsky Rules Return For Obama. The hippie horde attempting to mob and "occupy" Wall Street this week has a method to its madness. It's all about getting President Obama re-elected by employing classic Alinskyite tactics. ... To some, it may be a stretch to see the hand of the Obama political machine in what is claimed to be a grass-roots effort. But the facts on the ground point to it. For one thing, the organizers of these protests are the same ones who got Obama elected in 2008.
Organized labor expected to join Wall Street protest. Organized labor will serve notice today on the bankers and the politicians that the young protesters of Occupy Wall Street speak for millions. Tens of thousands of transit and city workers, teachers, and maintenance and hospital workers are expected to march to Zuccotti Park late today [10/5/2011] in a show of solidarity.
Florida Dems Can't Find Voters to Protest Allen West, so They Hire Some. Repeatedly and across the country we see unions, Democrats, and other far left groups planning rallies and protest marches but finding that they simply can't put bodies in the streets to make all the effort worthwhile. They just don't really have the support of the common man, the folks in the streets, to carry off these protest marches and rallies. But these out of the mainstream groups do have a solution to this problem: the rent-a-protester.
New Obama Jobs Program: Pay Anti-Romney Protesters. President Obama's latest job-creation gimmick is a self-serving one: Obama allies are reportedly paying protesters to stake out Mitt Romney's rallies. Two Michigan protesters said that they were getting paid to do that arduous work. They're clearly not unionized — one protester claimed she was getting paid $7.25 per hour, while another man said he was being paid $17 per hour.
Dems bring in crowds by the busload to fill stadium for Obama speech. College students from across North Carolina will arrive in Charlotte by the busload. Same with members of predominantly black churches in neighboring South Carolina. Their goal: help fill a 74,000-seat outdoor stadium to capacity when President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night.
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Allow me to translate media-speak to English: "Predominantly black church" means "100% black church."
Be sure to wear your brown shirt.
Being a pro-choice "grassroots" activist pays a decent wage. The special session got announced by Gov. Rick Perry on the 26th; this ad went up three days later, and just two days before a swarm of "volunteers" arrived at the capitol building today. [...] The employment comes from the ironically-named Grassroots Campaigns, which stages these demonstrations on behalf of client organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America, MoveOn, and the Democratic National Committee, among others. There's nothing much that's "grassroots" about this; GCI's clients comprise most of the professional progressive non-profit community, as the list at Wikipedia demonstrates.
The Real Story Behind Those Austin Craigslist Ads. Several people on Twitter have noted Craigslist ads which seem designed to hire people in connection with the protests taking place in Austin, TX[,] this week. It turns out these ads are part of an ongoing Planned Parenthood campaign, not a response to last week's filibuster.
Trayvon Attorney Crump Denies Connection To Astroturf 'Dream Defenders'. Trayvon Martin's family's attorneys, Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks appear to have connections to an Astroturf activist group that led protests, marches and other civil disobedience that forced the removal of Sanford, Florida's police chief, the arrest of George Zimmerman and even led chants calling for nationwide protests after the "not guilty" verdict was announced in criminal case.
Video Proof: Media Fall For Hoax Racism At Pro-Zimmerman Rally. Sunday's "Justice-For-Trayvon" march held by the New Black Panther Party was attended by a woman holding a sign reading: "Racist and Proud." Several media outlets incorrectly identified the woman as a "George Zimmerman supporter," and the story took off, providing the left with supposed evidence of racism among those who believe Zimmerman was not guilty. However, an interview with Breitbart News at the Houston rally itself proved that she was an anti-Zimmerman demonstrator attempting to use sarcasm to prove her point.
Democrats Pay Union Members To Protest World War II Vets. Yesterday [10/1/2013] the administration looked awful when it "closed" and barricaded the World War II memorial on the Mall. The memorial is, by its nature, open. There is nothing to close. And the administration knows that every day, tour groups consisting of WWII vets, now mostly in their late 80s or early 90s, come to Washington to visit the memorial. So the administration couldn't resist closing the WWII memorial by putting up barricades, as part of their effort to dramatize how terrible the government "shutdown" is.
McDonald's Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans. [Scroll down] After about an hour, about 20 protesters arrived on the scene chanting "Boehner, get us back to work" and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown. In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim.
SF Protesters to Obama: Please Be a Dictator!. When Obama's motorcade rocketed around San Francisco on Monday, very few locals even noticed his presence, and fewer still cared. [...] Yet even with the small turnout, there was a theme amongst Obama's protesters/supporters: They didn't want him to change his political agenda — instead, they demanded that he assume dictatorial powers so that he could finally implement the radical plans with which they already agree. The message of the day was: Stop dilly-dallying around, Mr. President: Ignore the Constitution and just make The Revolution happen, as you promised! That message would be disturbing enough all on its own, but it becomes much more disturbing when you suspect (as I do) that many of these pro-totalitarian protesters were astroturfed.
Union Member Admits Being Paid To Protest Against Walmart On Video. On Black Friday [11/29/2013], leftists organized a nationwide protests at several Walmart locations in order to try to extort union dues from the supermarket chain's vast employee pool. Ostensibly, they were advocating for higher wages, but among the long list of the demands was their true intent — to unionize the nation's largest employe, second only to the federal government. Wal-mart haters have a long history of pushing lengthy demands onto the retail chain.
Who was standing behind Obama today? White House won't say. Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. [...] But [with one exception] Obama never said who those people were, and, unlike other events, the White House did not release their names or biographies. A spokesman later said the White House would not provide the information. A pool report called the group "19 individuals whom the White House said benefited from health care reform." Beyond that, their connection to Obamacare remains unknown.
More than 60% of comments on Obamacare Facebook page over two years came from fewer than 100 people. More than 60 percent of comments on Obamacare's Facebook page have come from fewer than 100 people, a report has revealed. The site has amassed 226,838 posts since September 2012 — a significant number that has boosted the page in search engines. But an investigation by the Washington Times has found 136,103 of those were left by a small collection of Facebook users — many of whom have at least three profiles.
Who is behind the "Coffee Party"?
The transparently biased national news media act as if the "Coffee Party" is the brainchild of an ordinary housewife. As it turns out, there is a lot of money and political clout behind this astroturf movement.
Don't drink the liberal Coffee Party Kool-aid. Of course, the Coffee Party itself denies any connection with George Soros or his Open Society Institute. Yet, many other progressive and liberal footprints can be seen leading to and from the java drinkers. One has to be suspicious when the liberal main line media suddenly falls in love and promotes a new organization like the Coffee Party. That was certainly not the case with the Tea Party.
NY Times, Washington Post Hide Phony 'Coffee Party' Astroturf Roots. What product works best for hiding artificial roots? Printer's ink, of course! For more information, check recent copies of The Washington Post and The New York Times, both of which portrayed 41-year-old Annabel Park as a concerned citizen from Virginia who became the accidental founder of a new grass-roots liberal political group, Coffee Party USA.
The Coffee Party Con: The new and much-publicized Coffee Party movement sports a fairy-tale narrative about a spontaneous uprising of concerned Americans appalled at the Tea Parties and determined to restore civility. ... No thanks to the liberal media, we know that its founder, Annabel Park, is an Obama-supporter, filmmaker (she made one for the Obama campaign), and former New York Times strategy analyst. In other words, she's a progressive activist.
Coffee Party 'founder' in Astroturf hole, keeps digging. Annabel Park, the purported creator of the Coffee Party movement does damage control with the help of CNN, claiming that her movement, aided by Soros-funded organizations and planned at RootsCamp, a left wing organizing workshop held at the teachers union NEA Headquarters, is actually a spontaneous, self-organizing movement.
Astroturf: On Heels of Failed 'Coffee Party,' It's 'The Other 95%'. [Marco] Ceglie's latest project is something called "The Other 95%," which he touts as an activist group to counter the acceleration and rise of the tea party movement. ... It is an interesting angle Ceglie is promoting, to be sure, but no more interesting than the timing of the group's sudden coming out. The group seems to be a scrambled effort to make up for the failure of the watered-down and bitter "Coffee Party," a previous effort of another group of pro-Obama liberal activists to counter the tea parties. The Coffee Party received unwarranted accolades and interest from the left-leaning mainstream media as it was founded, but the group quickly fizzled out.
Decaffeinated Coffee Party Convention Fizzles Out to Almost No Media Acclaim. Remember all the media hoopla earlier this year surrounding the birth of the liberal alternative to the Tea Party called the Coffee Party which was founded by former Obama political operative, Annabel Park? Well, despite all the promotion of the Coffee Party by the MSM, it has pretty much fizzled out. The extent of its slide into complete insignificance can be measured by the fact that its national convention in Louisville, KY this past weekend registered almost no media coverage.
Note to national media: 'The Coffee Party' is a non-entity not worth covering. When you consider that the 'Coffee Party' is a reactionary progressive movement founded by a former New York Times employee and Obama campaigner, it doesn't exactly ooze grassroots credibility does it? ... Despite doing their best to publicize the Coffee Party, even the more liberal organs in the national media couldn't pretend for very long that the Coffee Party was a serious force.
The Coffee Party Con Continues. Remember the Coffee Party, the purportedly spontaneous groundswell of purportedly sensible Americans sickened by the purported extremism of the purportedly astroturfed tea parties? That was the narrative created around the movement sparked by former Obama campaign filmmaker Annabel Park. Liberal media, who had at first ignored the tea party phenomenon, eagerly gave flattering coverage. Despite their best efforts, the "movement" failed to catch on.
Schism brews in Coffee Party. The Coffee Party, which launched last year to mild public curiosity in reaction to the Tea Party wave, has receded from public view — in part because of a schism between its centrist leadership and some left-leaning grassroots. The movement, co-founded by filmmaker named Annabel Park, was initially seen as a progressive alternative to the Tea Party. As Newsweek reported of an early meeting, members "were angry. They hated the Tea Party, and the Republican Party. They wanted to get even."
Our president supports this. President Obama has endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement. From President Obama: "I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests." Perhaps he sees this as a means of shifting the blame for his own $4 trillion failure on the economic front. But in endorsing this movement, he aligns himself once again with evil-doers and pretty dangerous people — younger versions of William Ayers. From the Blaze: "American Nazi Party Endorses Occupy Wall Street's 'Courage,' Tells Members to Support Protests and Fight 'Judeo-Capitalist Banksters'."... From Jim Hoft: "The Communist Party USA also supports the Obama-endorsed Occupy Wall Street Protests."
Occupy Wall Street
Another Tea Party counter-movement -- The 2011 version
Media Form A Human Shield Around Democrats. Remember Occupy Wall Street? They were going to change the world, according to the media, and bring about a "fair" Utopia that would reinvent our economic system. All they did was defecate on police cars, contribute to the resurgence of lice and bring the heretofore-unneeded concept of "rape-free tents" into the public consciousness. They were the "North African and Middle Eastern migrants" of their time — anything awful they did was ignored by the mainstream media to avoid upsetting the narrative. The narrative is everything. The narrative of Occupy Wall Street faded because it didn't catch on. In spite of the media's help, the American people simply couldn't be manipulated into believing they had less because someone else had more. The trust fund troubadours of Zuccotti Park, even with all their bongo playing and poetry slams, could not turn the have-somes against the have-mores. The world simply moved on.Overview and recap:
Occupy descends into terrorism. Occupy started out with big demonstrations that had no permits, the better to make the claim that the demonstration was somehow spontaneous. This was nonsense, and the absence of permits was a warning shot that the group had no intention of obeying the law. From there, Occupy's extended campouts turned every city center into a public health hazard, with filth and disease the main characteristic, but violence, thefts, rapes, murders and desecration of city property also prominent. City officials who coddled them ended up spending as much as $5 million to chase them out and clean up their mess, as happened in Los Angeles. After the initial show of lawlessness, billed as grassroots activity, acts of piracy followed.
OWS: Easy Prey. They are the third wave of the modern transcendental slob movements, behind the hippies and the grunge kids. They are driven by the basest of motives, greed and hatred: "Pay my bills" and "Eat the rich." They are as dumb as bag of rocks, unable to articulate any strategy or goal. They are violent and cowardly at the same time, in the manner possible only to mobs. They are supported by both the Nazis and the communists — quite a trick, even in this day and age. ... To top it off, they are raving anti-Semites.
Occupy a Nuthouse. New York City cops hauled a 24-year-old occupier to Bellevue Hospital this weekend for evaluation after he scaled a 30-foot sculpture and demanded cigarettes, a coat, the mayor's resignation, and hiring quotas for bisexual police and firefighters. Occupy Wall Street? Occupy a nuthouse. In Portland, a syringe-wielding man threatened to inject the AIDS virus into terrified demonstrators. In Toronto, a young man was arrested for aggressively smelling a woman's feet and attempting to pass off his bottled urine as an energy drink. In New York, photographers caught a demonstrator defecating on a police car.
ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in 'Occupy' Movement. The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). ... NYCC's connection to ACORN isn't a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization's controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.
'Red Army' Behind Occupy Wall Street? The angry millennials pressing toward economic cataclysm are seasoned organizers of mass chaos aimed at provoking transformation. To dismiss these rabble-rousers as mere nuisance would be a gross underestimation not only of their Saul Alinsky-style direct action and community organizing capabilities, but of the ideological alliance between these street activists and the far more patient radicals who have infiltrated Congress, shaped Barack Obama's presidential agenda, and now in fact threaten the future of our country.
Street Demonstrations Can't Shift Responsibility for the Economy. For liberals, the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street protests has been a welcome counterattack against the Tea Party movement that helped transform the political narrative of the last three years. They hope the clamor against "corporate greed" can drown out outrage about government spending and taxes and assist President's Obama's effort to win re-election on a soak-the-rich platform. So it's no wonder the left-wing demonstrations have gotten encouragement from Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as garnering largely sympathetic coverage from the liberal mainstream press.
Profiles in Cluelessness. [The Wall Street protesters] apparently want to see the end of our current financial system in order for it to be replaced with some Utopian Shangri-La where everyone chips in and we all live in harmony. But who really knows? Few of them can even coherently answer a question, let alone articulate what they're actually doing.
Police Scuffle With Protesters As Thousands March. The "Occupy Wall Street" rally gained thousands of new supporters as New York City became protest city on Wednesday [10/5/2011] when the group marched to City Hall. The protests, however, were not without incident. The NYPD said that there were about a dozen arrests Wednesday night.
The extremist nut jobs of Occupy Wall Street. The selfish, greedy and jealous, mostly white, mostly comfortably middle class, mostly hollowly educated adult children involved with Illegally and Possibly Criminally Trespassing Wall Street, otherwise known as Occupy Wall Street (OWS) have begun to realize how selfish, greedy and jealous — not to mention what "extremist nut jobs" — they are.
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Their list of demands includes a $20 per hour minimum wage for everyone, whether employed or not. I guess that means everyone should be paid $20 per hour, around the clock, for doing nothing. (The audacity of such a demand is almost incomprehensible.) They also demand free college education. But with a guaranteed income, why bother with college?
More from the culture of narcissism. I wouldn't think it would be worthwhile to draw attention to the Occupy Wall Street "movement," or its list of demands that wouldn't pass muster in an average kindergarten class. But if America's president and vice president choose to talk about it, and give it credibility, then it's news. According to VP Joe Biden, demands such as free college, pay independent of work, a $20 minimum wage (why not $100 or $1,000?), and a nation with open borders have legitimacy and "a lot in common with the tea-party movement."
Pelosi Supports Occupy Wall Street Movement. House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she supports the growing nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement, which began on the streets of downtown New York City in mid-September. ... Pelosi added that the failure of TARP, commonly known as the bank bailout, to add liquidity to the Main Street marketplace is fueling Americans' animosity towards Wall Street.
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TARP was Obama's idea. If it's a failure (and it is), your beef is with him, not the banks!
Occupy Wall Street is A Fraud. Once I saw Van Jones and the Unions involved, I knew it was straight Obama Astroturf designed to try and siphon off members from the Tea Party. Now, the real evidence leaks form the Daily Caller. They are paying many of the protestors to protest.
10 Thoughts About Occupy Wall Street. [#4] Liberals have claimed that Tea Parties are violent mobs, but there have been more arrests, violence, and attacks on police in just the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City than in every Tea Party combined nationwide. Also, if reports are to be believed, I'm pretty sure there have been more people relieving themselves in alleyways and on police cars, too.
Sharpton: 'Occupy' Movement Ideally About 'How We Distribute The Wealth In This Country'. Thanks, Reverend Al. Really. Sure, we know that the left is all about the redistribution of wealth rather than its generation. Still, it's instructive to hear a leading lefty say it in such stark terms.
Today in phony. The board of directors at Ben & Jerry's ice cream — a unit of the multi-national Unilever corporation — market value $90 billion — has declared solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
Ben & Jerry's Pushes Occupy Defacement of Currency. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream Ben Cohen is launching a new campaign to help his friends in the Occupy movement. No, he isn't donating his millions of dollars to charity. He's going to help distribute rubber stamps which can be used to deface dollar bills. Cohen's goal is to get "thousands of people to buy rubber stamps and stamp any currency that comes into their possession."
ACORN: Puppet Master of Occupy Wall Street. The Working Families Party, an infamous ACORN front group notorious for corruption, was instrumental in organizing the Occupy Wall Street protests, according to radical journalist Laura Flanders of Free Speech TV. The protests, which have spread to several other large U.S. cities, are part of what ACORN's neo-communist founder Wade Rathke calls an "anti-banking jihad."
Is it fascist? I see where the Occupy Wall Street crowd is going to march on the homes of billionaires. This ain't no tea party. At what point do we call intimidation by pro-government forces fascist?
Nazis and Communists Throw Their Support Behind Occupy Wall Street Movements. The American Nazi Party likes what it sees. Today the American Nazi Party released a statement in support of Occupy Wall Street movement.
Occupy Wall Street and the Chicago '68 Riots. The Chicago [Democratic] convention is unquestionably the most wild-eyed political convention ever held in this country. Demonstrators came early and stayed late. While many were organized by the SDS, the Yippies, and the Mobe (National Mobilization Against the War), the larger number were freelance, showing up for the fun that was in it. ... So here we are forty-odd years along, and what has changed? Nothing, if you're a Democrat. The same exact chain of events is occurring with the Occupy Wall Street gang. The 99ers are the Chicago mob with the addition of iPhones and minus the seriousness.
Another blessed out-of-touch moment from Nancy Pelosi. [Scroll down] Ironically, Pelosi's comments came at almost the same time a representative of the mob, Roseanne Barr, literally called for guillotining — yes, guillotining — wealthy American bankers. She openly called for their forcible "re-education" and execution. I have friends and students there in New York observing this spectacle. They email me daily. One took a picture of two homosexual men embracing while holding a sign imploring the brethren to "KILL YOUR PARENTS." As he snapped this picture, the throng initiated a frightening march upon the homes of those loathsome "millionaires and billionaires" that President Obama targets unceasingly with his terribly destructive class-based rhetoric. It's only a matter of time before this angry, envy-filled insurrection turns violent.
The job destroyers. Iran's chief mad mullah, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, loves the [Occupy Wall Street] protests, the government of China applauds them, and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez is positively gung-ho. Naturally, the American Nazi Party favors the lusty attacks on the "Judeo-capitalist banksters" while the Socialist Party USA and the Communist Party USA are happy passengers on the anti-Wall Street bandwagon. Oh, and Barack Obama hearts the movement, too. Because you should judge a man by his allies, our president might want to reconsider the villainous company he is keeping.
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Obama has sought out villainous company all his life.
NPR host is Occupy DC spokeswoman. National Public Radio host Lisa Simeone appears to be breaking the taxpayer-subsidized network's ethics rules by acting as a spokeswoman for Occupy D.C. group "October 2011," which is currently "occupying" Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. Simeone hosts NPR's nationally syndicated "World of Opera" program and "SoundPrint," a program that airs on NPR's WAMU affiliate at American University in Washington, D.C. When Roll Call asked Simeone about the conflict of interest and the apparent ethics violations, she replied, "Well, I work in radio still, but this is totally different" because she says she's a "freelancer."
Are You Smarter Than A Wall Street Occupier? You would almost have to be. New York magazine asked 50 "occupiers" a series of questions about public issues. As you might expect, the results were appalling.
Sliming The Tea Party. The president makes an odious comparison between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, unable to tell the difference between those who work to change the system and those who would destroy it.
Alinsky to Obama to Occupiers. Civil unrest is President Barack Obama's crutch, his comfort zone, and his trump card. That's why he has encouraged the "Occupy Wall Street" protest and its progeny across the country, despite significant political dangers to him for doing so. ... First, it helps to understand just how radical most of these protesters are — and just how obscene. Clearly, they are mostly socialist or communist in orientation. And reports are rampant about the lewdness, vileness, and illegality that has marked the Wall Street "occupation" zone, including plenteous drugs, public nudity and sex, and defecation on police cars. A lot of this isn't free speech; it's open law-breaking.
Occupy Wall Street, unions get their activism together. The Occupy Wall Street protests that began as a nebulous mix of social and economic grievances are becoming more politically organized — with help from some of the country's largest labor unions. Labor groups are mobilizing to provide office space, meeting rooms, photocopying services, legal help, food and other necessities to the protesters. The support is lending some institutional heft to a movement that has prided itself on its freewheeling, non-institutional character.
Occupy protests reveal Democrats' true colors. Last week, self-proclaimed propaganda filmmaker Michael Moore roamed the streets of New York, where he joined the OWS protesters and repeatedly tweeted his deep, abiding support of their "eat the rich" cause. ... Odd then, that on the same day, the Communist Party USA reaffirmed its belief in the OWS movement. ... It's common knowledge that former Obama administration official Van Jones has been one of the main forces organizing the Occupy protests.
One percent logic; 99 percent bull. It is unlikely that any of the street protesters would recognize the dysfunctional Orwellian logic of "Anarchists for Totalitarianism." Indeed, they seem to have begun their movement by building on the boneheaded rhetoric of Karl Marx, who declared that "property is theft." From there, it is but a short circuit to the electrifying notion that rich people are BAD! And VERY RICH people are VERY BAD! Which, from what I can tell, about sums up the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Ten richest celebs supporting OWS have collective net worth over a billion dollars. Celebrity airheads who are supporting the occupiers are feeding Wall Street to the crocodile, forgetting that the beast quickly gets hungry for more. Celebrity Net Worth has a highly amusing article on the subject.
They should Occupy Prison. This is the face of liberalism, America. It is lawless, selfish, disrespectful and above all mean. The Democratic Party's embrace, promotion and even logistical support of the Occupy Wall Street movement likely will backfire.
'Lord of Flies' in Zuccotti Park. They're railing against freeloaders and ex-cons for stealing their stuff and spoiling their utopia. They're squabbling with each other over money and power. The weather is turning frightful and a cumbersome bureaucracy of their own making is strangling their spontaneity. Their invasion is costing downtown Manhattan businesses and residents a boatload of money. But watching the Occupy Wall Street vagabonds bang their heads against the laws of human nature — that's priceless!
Anarchy and experience: Can people still learn from their mistakes?. It would be hard to find anyone who didn't agree with the occupier's complaints about federal bailouts of big banks and corporate greed. But where Occupy Wall Street falls down is that it doesn't have a plan to create "a more perfect union" when the current system collapses. Instead, it has "high hopes" and an earnest desire to improve life for all mankind. No doubt that the French Revolution had "high hopes" too before it collapsed into mass murder. No doubt the Russian Revolution had high hopes before it descended into the madness that led to the deaths of millions. Even Mao's Chinese Revolution in 1949 had high hopes. Probably very few people could have predicted the deaths of up to 40 million people in the next 25 years from purges and "re-education" under Mao's leadership.
Generation Null. Move over, Generations Y and X — make room, at least in Zuccotti Park, for Generation Null. This is the generation whose ignorance passes for knowledge; these are the protesters whose selfishness is thinly disguised as sincerity. This is the generation where the self supplants the spirit. Of all the crises America faces, the Occupy Wall Street movement proves that our greatest plight is spiritual. We are daily witnesses to the rants of young people who have no concept of the human soul.
A Day in Zuccotti Park. As an historian with a passion for medieval history, I have often wondered what odors would assail the senses if one was among a large group of individuals who had only a passing acquaintance with concepts of hygiene. I no longer have to wonder.
Democracy versus mob rule. In various cities across the country, mobs of mostly young, mostly incoherent, often noisy and sometimes violent demonstrators are making themselves a major nuisance. Meanwhile, many in the media are practically gushing over these "protesters," and giving them the free publicity they crave for themselves and their cause — whatever that is, beyond venting their emotions on television. Members of the mobs apparently believe that other people, who are working while they are out trashing the streets, should be forced to subsidize their college education — and apparently the president of the United States thinks so, too.
ACORN Front Group Pays Homeless People to Protest at Occupy Wall Street. Lee Stranahan and Brandon Darby have released the latest video clip from their visit to Occupy Wall Street. In the video, an activist named Channing, who has been at the Occupy Wall Street protests from the beginning, volunteers the information that the former ACORN organization — through its new front group, New York Communities for Change — is paying $10 per hour and $100 per day to homeless people to attend the demonstrations. She suggests that ACORN's involvement is unwelcome, alleging that its homeless employees are "being paid to come here and mess things up."
After being exposed as players behind Occupy Wall Street protests...
ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents. Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York — operating as New York Communities for Change — have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a FoxNews.com report last week on the group's involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources. NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources said.
Occupy Portland Shoves Cop In Front Of Moving Bus. "Occupy" apologists are really good at pretending stuff like this didn't happen, or is entirely the work of those "rogue elements" that somehow manage to swarm the Occupations in vast numbers — unseen until they spring into action, and act in a manner entirely contrary to the spirit of the movement.
99% Disaster, 1% Apologetics. At a certain point leftist activism tends to spill into the physical realm because it cannot continue to function within the framework of logical analysis. So it's not terribly surprising that the Occupy Oakland protests have turned into a violent conflagration. Nor is it credible to divorce such violence from the ideology of its perpetrators. A prominent Occupier named Boots Riley cited "ideological principle" in defending Wednesday's attempted seizure of an Oakland port in order to "stop the flow of capital."
Occupy Oakland vandals are not fringe. From The New York Times on down, every mainstream media outlet reporting on the Occupy Oakland Riots wants us to believe that the general strike was "orderly" and "peaceful" and that only a "belligerent fringe group" destroyed property and incited violence later in the night. But as The Oakland Tribune's live-blog of the protests shows, this is just plain false.
Occupy Wall Street and Soros' Fingerprints. The fingerprints of the preeminent funder of the activist Left today, George Soros, are all over the anti-American "Occupy Wall Street" movement. The seventh-wealthiest person in America (net worth: $22 billion), Soros has publicly embraced Occupy Wall Street and financially supports a left-wing group that is funneling money to the movement.
Oakland Officials Excuse Violence from OWS 'Fringe'. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is quickly solidifying her reputation as one of the most spineless public officials in the country. After throwing her support behind the Occupy Oakland's plan to "shut down the city" this week, Quan now seems surprised that the protest quickly spiraled into a violent riot that left eight people injured, dozens of businesses vandalized, and untold financial damage in cleanup cost and police overtime pay.
Zuccotti protesters put up women-only tent to prevent sexual assaults. Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday [11/4/2011] to keep the sickos away. The large, metal-framed "safety tent" — which will be guarded by an all-female patrol — can accommodate as many as 18 people and will be used during the day for women-only meetings, said Occupy Wall Street organizers.
Protester throws fit in McDonald's when he can't get free food. A Zuccotti Park protester threw a violent fit in a McDonald's yesterday after employees refused to give him free food. Fisika Bezabeh, 27, ripped a credit-card reader from a counter and threw it at workers at about 2:30 a.m. at the Mickey D's at 160 Broadway, a bathroom spot for protesters.
Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center. Occupy DC protesters tried to force entry into the Washington Convention Center on Friday [11/4/2011], where Americans for Prosperity is hosting their "Defending the American Dream Summit." The protesters also formed roadblocks, surrounding the convention center and only allowing non-luxury cars to pass.
Occupy Protester Arrested In $10M Arson Fire. Police have arrested an Occupy Fort Collins protester in connection with a $10 million arson fire that damaged dozens of condominiums and businesses in Fort Collins. Benjamin David Gilmore, 29, was arrested on Thursday night [11/3/2011] on suspicion of arson, burglary and criminal mischief.
Mr. Mayor, Tear Down Those Tents. Hoovervilles, the unfortunately named shantytowns that dotted the country during the Depression, were places of desperation. But the tent city (Obamaville?) that has sprung up in Zuccotti Park is something else altogether. Most of its residents aren't homeless, merely shiftless, and instead of sleeping in shacks of scavenged tin and board situated between the city's fringe and the nearest soup kitchen, the Occupy Wall Street campers are famously well-fed, live in a desirable neighborhood, and sleep in high-end camp gear we can only assume was purchased from the dread corporations.
Occupy envy. There is a deeply disturbing message coming out of the Occupy Wall Street movement — one of the few consistent messages thus far. It is the same message President Obama and his political allies have hammered home for much of his administration. Simply put, it boils down to this: We must punish success; we must organize envy.
Occupied with violence. Remember when Sarah Palin was accused of promoting "Tea Party violence" because she used an ad graphic depicting crosshairs on a map of the United States? On Wednesday, the Occupy Wall Street movement declared a general strike in Oakland, Calif. According to the Occupy Oakland website, the goal of their "anti-capitalist march" was to "shut down Oakland" and "blockade everything." This was no drawing — the violence was real.
The Rich Kids of Occupy Wall Street. People spending their free time camping out in protest of the wealthiest one percent share more in common with that top one percent than with the bottom one percent with whom they wish more to be shared in common. One needn't rely on visuals of the protestors' Cabela tents or iPhones. The Daily Caller has examined the arrest records of hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and found that they live in homes with a median value of $305,000 versus the national median of $185,000. The median rent for apartments listed by OWS arrestees was $1,850.
NYC arrest records: Many Occupy Wall Street protesters live in luxury. Many "Occupy Wall Street" protesters arrested in New York City reside in more luxurious homes than some of their rhetoric might suggest, a Daily Caller investigation has found. For each of the 984 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York City between September 18 and October 15, police collected and filed an information sheet recording the arrestee's name, age, sex, criminal charge, home address and — in most cases — race. The Daily Caller has obtained all of this information from a source in the New York City government.
Occupy Oakland's Mayhem and Destruction. The Occupy Oakland protests that degenerated into violent mob action on Wednesday night [11/2/2011] and early Thursday morning were entirely predictable. The vandalism, the graffiti, and the spasm of violence that resulted in an attack on police who were trying to roust at least 200 demonstrators who had occupied an abandoned building was the result of incitement by the so-called "peaceful" protestors who are now condemning the violence as if they had nothing to do with it.
Occupy Wall Street Militancy Just Getting Started. What is the real point of "Occupy Wall Street"? The violence in Oakland offers the first clue. Now with politically connected union bosses and Acorn involved, it might just be worth looking at its links to Democrats.
Giuliani: OWS Is Millstone Around Obama's Neck. "I believe that Barack Obama owns the Occupy Wall Street movement," Rudy Giuliani said at the Defending the American Dream Summit. "It would not have happened, it would not have happened but for his class warfare. And remember, as it gets worse and worse because it's going to get worse and worse, where it came from. Barack Obama. He praised it. He supported it. He agrees with it. He sympathizes with it. And as it gets worse and worse, I believe this will be the millstone around Barack Obama's neck that will take his presidency down."
'Change' and Marxism. Today it is not politically correct even to whisper the word Marxism. Nevertheless, there is a real and organic connection between Marxism, the Democratic Party's "Change," and the Occupy Wall Street movement's calls for abolishing (American) capitalism. ... On October 10, people carrying Workers World Party signs calling for the "Destruction of Capitalism" joined the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. ... The WWP is a Marxist party that was financed by the Soviet KGB during the days when I was at the top of its community.
Occupy Oakland's State-Sponsored Riots. This is OWS' dirty little secret. They're not the poor or downtrodden. The Daily Caller and New York Post investigated the backgrounds of the 700 people arrested last month for shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge and found nearly all of them to be trust-fund idlers from well-off homes. The poor? The unemployed? The students? All recipients of government checks, with unemployment extended as long as 99 weeks, federally subsidized student debt into six figures, and welfare for years.
Occupy, the Tea Party and Media Bias. [Scroll down] This is something many of us predicted a while ago; that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has come to this was almost inevitable, given the composition of it (the protesters include anti-Semites, anarchists, nihilists, anti-capitalists, and people prone to masturbate in public and defecate on police cars.) This is the lovely, uplifting movement that has been so warmly embraced by the president and the top leadership of his party.
The Victim Factory: Occupy Wall Street and The Left's Culture of Crime. The Occupy protesters are — by and large — downwardly mobile, sheltered, white drug users who have joined a variety of fringe movements and refuse to cooperate with police in any criminal matters. In the highly politicized blogosphere where most of these stories are being broken we often call people like these "radicals" or "revolutionaries," but in the real world they are known by another name. Victims.
If government went on strike would anyone notice? Joe Davidson of the Washington Post reported: "What do a bunch of protesters camped out in city parks nationwide have in common with people who are the backbone of the government establishment? Enough that members of at least four federal labor unions rallied in support of the Occupy movement in a Lafayette Square demonstration Thursday." ... But of course these overpaid pencil pushers joined Occupy. They fit right in. They think the world owes them a living.
Federal union workers join Occupy protesters. "I definitely support Occupy D.C.," said Eugene Hudson Jr., a national vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees from Escondido, Calif. "I believe there is a lot of greed and lots of money going to the 1 percent." The union members made a direct connection between the loosely defined goals of the Occupy movement and federal employees.
Occupy Wall Street gets the ink, Tea Party gets the voters. [Scroll down] If education is so great, after all, why are so many educated people unemployed and camping out in public parks? This is a good question, and similar ones might profitably be asked with regard to other public programs whose spending climbs faster than inflation but whose results remain unimpressive — which is to say, most public programs. It's not that the education system is our only public-spending failure, it's just that the Occupy movement has done such a persuasive job of illustrating the particular failures of the education system.
Giuliani: Obama Owns Occupy Wall Street. In his speech, he made the case that Barack Obama is responsible for the Occupy protests because of his class warfare rhetoric, his demonization of American business leaders (or more specifically those who don't support his campaigns), and his rhetorical support for the increasingly violent movement has given aid and comfort to the mob. Giuliani also made the case that this mob may take down the Obama presidency.
3 Charged With Dealing Crack; Occupy Boston 'Deteriorating'. Three people arrested Thursday night [11/9/2011] inside the Occupy Boston camp have been charged with dealing crack cocaine. WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens, who spent the night at the camp a few weeks ago, talked to a man who spends most nights at Occupy Boston. He said things have gone downhill.
The Double Standard of the Press When it Comes to OWS vs. the Tea Party. This report should be of particular interest to the progressive politicians (like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz) and journalists who have been eager to praise Occupy Wall Street protesters and compare it to the Tea Party.
Proper Government Would End 'Occupy Wall Street'. Tea Partiers are used to being called anti-government. When we stood opposed to President Obama's state-run healthcare law, we were labeled "anti-government." When we called upon Congress to risk a 2011 shut down in pursuit of real budget cuts, we were marked "anti-government." When we refused to raise the debt ceiling without systematic fixes to the budget process, we were branded "anti-government." Even now, as we stand in contrast to the genuine anarchists and violent revolutionaries rallying under the militaristic term "occupy," it is we who remain "anti-government." Try this on for size. In some respects, we need more government. Public servants nationwide must assert their rightful authority to end Occupy Wall Street.
Mob mentality in DC. Occupy DC mobs practice the fine art of intimidating drivers, diving onto the hoods of blocked cars and even crawling underneath them.
Occupy until '2025'! Determined Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have vowed they're not leaving Zuccotti Park anytime soon, and their online agenda suggests they mean business — with events scheduled through Oct. 26, 2025. ... The leaderless anti-greed movement has racked up $750,000 in donations from supporters and unions and gotten space for storage and portable toilets from the United Federation of Teachers.
'Occupy' goes big-tent'. It's official: Zuccotti Park is now a real, live circus — complete with a series of big new tents designed to turn the area into a giant carnival. And neither Mayor Bloomberg — nor the technical owner of the park, Brookfield Properties — seems to care much.
House Oversight Chairman Calls for Probe into ACORN Role in Occupy Wall Street. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is calling for an investigation into allegations that ACORN-related group New York Communities for Change "engaged in fraud through its participation in the Occupy Wall Street protests."
Occupiers poach homeless services. Occupy Boston has been encouraging protesters to take showers, hot meals and shelter meant for the homeless, prompting a St. Francis House manager to ask the downtown campers to remove directions from their Internet newspaper. The online publication that calls itself "Occupy Boston Globe" posts meal times and shower hours at St. Francis House on Boylston Street, which runs on private donations and state and federal funding.
It's media love — not bias. I know, it's irritating that if a single person steps out of line at a Tea Party event, the whole movement is branded by it. Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street can have constant violent clashes with police and be filled with fringe nuts and anti-Semites and still get praised for its idealism. Or how the media was all over the barest mention of allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain, while they previously ignored allegations that John Edwards had fathered a love child until the evidence was too overwhelming.
The White House Goes Dr. Strangelove. "Ninety-nice percent" is what Stalin got in every fake election. It's a totalitarian concept. The Progs may be 99% of a deeply alienated America-hating cult, but they are more like 1% of the national vote. This is all very carefully rehearsed, planned, and staged street theater, directed not from Central Casting, but from Rad-Left Central, following Alinsky's rule that perception is the key to power. That's why street theater is so important to these people.
The Mob Who Came to Dinner. [Scroll down] Before the evening was over, elderly women attending the "Tribute to Ronald Reagan" dinner would be shoved to the ground and three Occupiers would be struck by a car, but those incidents transpired later, after the protesters attempted to storm the doors of the Convention Center. This onrush was not spontaneous. This allegedly "leaderless" movement indeed has de facto leaders, and one of them had given the signal for this sudden — but obviously pre-planned — mass assault on the venue of the AFP Foundation event. Nor was the target of the mob's attack chosen at random.
Rep. Lee defends Occupy movement despite incidents of violence. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said Monday [11/7/2011] that city officials need to support Occupy protest demonstrations until the movement finds its identity. "The Occupy movement nationally supports closing all the disparities, the income gap, the inequality that has permeated now our country," Lee told San Francisco's local ABC affiliate. "We want to make sure that the goals of this movement are heard and that people get that support."
SoCal Street Cart Vendors Hurting After 'Occupy' Group Splatters Blood, Urine. A pair of Southland street cart vendors who were forced to shut down their businesses after "Occupy" protesters vandalized their carts are hoping to get some help from local residents. ... Coffee cart owner Linda Jenson and hot dog cart operators Letty and Pete Soto said they initially provided free food and drink to demonstrators, but when they stopped, the protesters became violent.
Occupiers terrorize us: eatery. A business owner near the Occupy Wall Street encampment claims she has been repeatedly harassed and threatened with bodily harm by protesters after she and her employees refused to give in to their outlandish demands.
This Is What Anarchy Looks Like. It sounds as though the atmosphere at New York's Obamaville has deteriorated considerably since our visit there three weeks ago. We found it populated mostly by innocent and well-intentioned, if confused, young people. Then again, that's how "Lord of the Flies" began.
Occupy Boston arrests continue to mount. Four Occupy Boston demonstrators were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today [11/8/2011] following their arrests Saturday on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to stealing a police bicycle. Langston Peace, 29, of Boston was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he allegedly walked off with an officer's bike during a march in Downtown Crossing. Peace was charged with larceny over $250 and is due back in court on Dec. 14.
From Woodstock to Wall Street. The hippies squatting on Wall Street have reportedly violated numerous laws, including property rights and traffic laws, and they've been committing various illegal and unsanitary acts, including defecation, in public. Besides disrupting traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, here's a rundown of the hippies' acts of anarchy, mayhem and depravity and what I think it means.
Occupy Wall Street's Declaration of Dependence. The election of Barack Obama in 2008, together with a single term in the White House, with good luck and good premises, may be looked back upon as the Last Hurrah of the Left in this country. ... OWS wants it to take over the economy. Which would mean the end of the economy.
OWS, FDR and Obama. Obama, the most socialist President since FDR, is employing the same tactics. He's cozying up to the "Occupy Wall Street" movement which offers no policy solutions at all, except the destruction of business through even more redistributive/socialist policies than we already have.
Disorganizer-in-Chief. Occupy Oakland called for a general strike — the city grinding to a halt, banks unattended, and schools closed. What they got was a few thousand protesters vandalizing banks and briefly closing a unionized port, but more important, a mayor happy to facilitate it all. Wednesday night would have been no more disturbing than a vigorous though destructive demonstration by the lefties of the Occupy movement — except that it occurred with the endorsement of Oakland's mayor, Jean Quan.
Police Suspect Portland Occupiers in Firebombing. The "Occupy" crime wave continues to spread across the nation. Most reports are largely ignored by the mainstream media, which is no suprise since they and the Democratic Party have fully embraced and support this criminal movement. One of the worst encampments is in Portland, Oregon, and last night a Molotov cocktail was set off in a downtown building, with police zeroing in on the obvious suspects.
OWS Rushing USA to Point of No Return. We are sitting in the eye of a hurricane. The media jackals, like a tornado, are destroying everything and everyone in their path who is a conservative and not a subscriber to European socialism and one world government. Alphabet soup pundits dedicate hundreds of stories and airtime to Occupy Wall Street unemployable collegiate malcontents, filthy vagrants, druggies, and communist agitators who are getting more and more violent.
Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee. Not a day goes by without further proof that the specious comparisons between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party are utterly bogus.
All this happened on one day!
Occupy Wall Street Blotter:
11/10/11: Two Dressed as Clowns Arrested at Occupy Wall Street
11/10/11: Occupy Atlanta Shelter Tests Positive for Tuberculosis
11/10/11: Six more arrests at Occupy Fresno
11/10/11: Sotheby's Also Targeted by Occupy Wall Street, 8 Arrested
11/10/11: Man Shot to Death at Occupy Oakland
The Occupation Devolution. Much has transpired with Occupy Oakland since the grass was green in Frank Ogawa Plaza: businesses have been vandalized, banks terrorized, buildings occupied, commerce obstructed, and a man murdered, all to the tune of millions in damages the taxpaying 53% of the 99% will have to pay. From occupying the park to closing the port, Occupiers of all stripes have consistently displayed confrontational behavior — intimidating citizens, threatening businesses and goading law enforcement.
The Eloquence of Obama's Inaction. Purposeful inaction is a form of passive-aggressive behavior. ... By choosing to ignore 'Occupy' Washington DC activists shoving an elderly woman down a flight of stairs while chanting "Hey, hey, ho, ho, corporate greed has got to go," the President sends a louder message to America than any government attempt to identify and define conservative views as the root of potential terrorism. Despite all his rhetoric, Obama has never spoken louder than what he hasn't said about what's going on all over America with the 'Occupy' movement. As the growing brand of miscreant activism devolves into a conglomeration of squalor, crime, sickness, death, and disrespect for all that is good, America's usually chatty and opinionated President is suddenly at a loss for words.
Keep Fear Alive. The pairing of the conservative movement with bias has a long history that over the years, as it has become less defensible, has only become more intense. ... MSNBC's Chris Matthews told Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus in August that the Tea Party has "a bad attitude towards race, towards black people, towards immigrants." He called mention of food stamps a "racist dog whistle." He obsessed over the idea that Rick Perry wants to secede from the Union, and his colleague Howard Fineman called the Tea Party plan to cut back on entitlements a "slow-motion secession" from the rest of the country.
Don't be afraid to say it: 'We are the 1 percent'. Targeting and dehumanizing a small group of people in order to motivate revolution is the stuff of Russia or Germany, not the United States of America. It usually starts small, like the attack in Washington, but eventually — if it is encouraged by those in power — it reaches the level of a pogrom or a mob attack on an entire population of people who are seen as dangerous to the interests of the majority.
#OWS Costs Local Businesses in NYC Nearly $500,000. According to the New York Post, since the Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park on September 17, protestors have cost surrounding businesses $479,400. Local jewelry shops, restaurants, and beauty salons complain that aggressive signs and reports of violence have dissuaded patrons from visiting their establishments — essentially driving struggling small companies out of business.
OWS Supporters Confirm: Violence is an Essential Component. The Occupy Oakland branch of the nationwide tent city protests seems to have produced the worst-case scenario for both the occupier movement and its critics. A man was shot and killed there a few days ago, and police are clearing the protesters out this morning [11/14/2011] (though many occupiers are threatening to come back after the police are gone).
We've seen this 'Occupy' flick before, at Alcatraz. It was another banner week for the Occupy movement. An occupier in Burlington shot himself to death. An innocent bystander was shot and killed after a fight in Occupy Oakland. Tuberculosis was linked to Occupy Atlanta. An Occupy Portland man was arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail. And another Boston occupier was arrested for selling drugs to a cop in a bathroom. Yet the Occupy movement is still going strong. How will this all end?
Occupy vs. the LAPD. Even the most socially conscious have to pay heed to the bottom line. Which is what happened in Oakland, Calif., two weeks ago, when business owners near Frank Ogawa Plaza, where Occupy Oakland is encamped, made the outrageous request that the city's authorities simply enforce the law and restore order to the downtown area by removing the protesters. Mayor Jean Quan, as feckless a politician as one is likely to find, directed police officers to do just that, resulting in a violent confrontation when some protesters refused to budge. The plaza was cleared with no little effort, but the ensuing furor inspired in Quan a change of heart. She directed that the protesters be allowed to return, guaranteeing that any future effort to remove them will be met with even more violence.
Causes of and Remedies for Our Economic Problems. Today, we have "protesters" occupying Wall Street, and other places around the country, apparently trying to convey the idea that our bankers, big businesses, and people with high incomes are the cause of our unemployment and economic problems. This is not true. The protesters are not my kind of people. Many defecate and urinate in parks, on lawns, streets, and even on a police car. They trash up things in general.
Rape and the Occupation. If OWS's raped women are expected to keep their mouths shut for the sake of the movement now, what can the whole country expect under an OWS system?
Your union dues at work:
Union PAYS Occupy Protesters. Since people started camping out in the name of socialism or something, there have only been half measures by the media to determine whether union organizers were using dues to provide transportation, food and lodging for the Occupiers. Accuracy in Media infiltrated the National Nurses United for the duration of their Occupy DC protest tour.
The Left and the OWS Movement. I was on a national radio program earlier this afternoon that appears on NPR stations. ... There were some illuminating moments during the conversation. For example, the professor from Vanderbilt referred to the "habits of democracy" we're seeing from the Occupy Wall Streeters. To which I replied that's a very gentle way of referring to people whose movement has been marred by rape, violence, arson, public defecation, anti-Semitism, and all the rest.
Mob Judges. A New York judge on Tuesday [11/15/2011] came very close to turning the Occupy Wall Street mob into a permanent fixture. When elitist jurists take the side of criminal anarchy, ordered liberty is gravely endangered.
Maxine Waters on Deaths and Crimes at Occupy Protests:
'That's Life and It Happens'. When asked to comment Wednesday [11/16/2011] about the deaths and crimes that have occurred around Occupy protests being held across the country, Rep. Maxine Waters said "that's life and it happens." "That's a distraction from the goals of the protesters," Waters, who says she supports the Occupy movement, told CNSNews.com after an event at the Capitol sponsored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Unions back Occupy D.C. by providing showers, amenities. Some of the country's most powerful unions are providing the infrastructure and amenities to keep the Occupy D.C. encampment fortified going into the winter. The camp's portable toilets are being provided by the Service Employees International Union, the 2.1-million-member organization that helped Barack Obama win the presidency and recently backed his re-election bid. The estimated 100 demonstrators staying each night in McPherson Square, just blocks from the White House, can take a hot shower at the AFL-CIO headquarters on 16th Street Northwest.
What Sets the Tea Party Apart. [The] sense of responsibility and a desire for truly peaceful and meaningful protest, is what sets the Tea Party apart. An African American woman named Latoya, who was working at a local Chicago TV studio where I did an interview recently, described it this way: "The difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street is the difference between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
Violence, Destruction and Disrespect at Occupy Wall Street. In spite of the fact that OWS protests tend to be far smaller than Tea Party demonstrations, OWS has struggled to maintain civility, peaceful cooperation, or to even identify a unifying sense of purpose in its uprising. In and around Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, there are continuous reports of stealing, property damage both in the park and at small businesses surrounding it, and arrests often provoked by protestors wanting conflict with the police.
Van Jones and the Anti-Tea Party. Despite the violence, property damage and lack of a coherent "set of demands," occupy Wall Street has been celebrated by the media as a legitimate counter-balance to the Tea Party. All of the accusations wrongfully hurled at us, having occurred time and time again at OWS protests, are dutifully ignored in deference to the morally superior cause of this protest movement. But the media coverage doesn't change the fact that OWS is destined to fail.
Rape, riots, murder and arson don't poll well. It's weird how a nationwide crime spree centered around Occupy camps can dampen the public mood, huh? It took a huge media push to convince people the Tea Party was dangerous, but the huge media push to convince them OWS isn't dangerous has failed. Occupiers are really nice until you get to know them.
Here's what attempted co-option of OWS looks like. The 2012 election is almost a full year away and nobody knows who is running against President Obama, but that didn't stop Mary Kay Henry, the D.C.-based National President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), from announcing last week that her organization endorses President Obama for re-election.
'Occupy' Movement Is Not What Democracy Looks Like. After two months of occupation, culminating in Thursday night's union-led protests in New York City and the arrest of SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, among many others, it's a good time to take stock of what Occupy stands for. "We're no longer settling for 'we live in a democracy because we voted for a politician,'" left-wing rabble rouser and propaganda moviemaker Michael Moore has explained. "Those days are over," he said. "Capitalism is an evil system."
Antique Media Clings to the "Mostly Peaceful" OWS Mantra. I noticed awhile back that seemingly every news account detailing the vile antics of the Occupy Wall Street movement always made sure to inclue the assurance that despite what we were witnessing, the anarchist mob was always mostly peaceful. Of course what we usualy were seeing, from endless banging on drums, to incoherent shouting, to assaulting police officers, was never peaceful. In fact, the violent always seems to be more obvious than the peaceful.
Occupy Wall Street Is Not an Altruistic Movement. Of all the chants and slogans to come out of Occupy Wall Street, none stinks more than "We are doing this for you." ... While they still have a modicum of momentum, Occupiers should make their rhetoric match their behavior. Taking over a public park is not an act of generosity, no matter how many times a camper coos, "we're doing this for you" to harried passersby. Likewise, it's not altruistic for unemployed college graduates to demand student loan forgiveness for themselves, especially not when they're demanding costly general strikes, encouraging businesses to shut down, or asking police officers to defect from their jobs.
OWS protestors stay at $700 a night hotel. The old leadership of the Soviet Union justified their enormous wealth, dachas on the Black Sea, and limos by saying that they needed more because they worked harder and had more responsibility than anyone else. I'm sure that's something like the excuse these Occupy Wall Street protestors will give.
Occupy Wall Street protesters stay at $700-a-night hotel. The $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown last week hosted both Peter Dutro, one of a select few OWS members on the powerful finance committee, and Brad Spitzer, a California-based analyst who not only secretly took part in protests during a week-long business trip but offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room. "Tents are not for me," he confessed, when confronted in the sleek black lobby of the Washington Street hotel where sources described him as a "repeat" guest.
Occupy L.A.: Shoplifting, drug violations, drunkenness reported. Crime continues to be an issue at Occupy L.A.'s camp at City Hall. The Los Angeles Police Department said arrests in the general area around the camp are up, including charges of disorderly conduct, drug violations, public drunkenness and lewd acts.
Obama, OWS and Occam's Razor: Perhaps the former community organizer and academic has found himself in deep, natural sympathy with OWS and its aims. Perhaps he sees in the protesters his younger self. Perhaps he sees in them his philosophy, unconstrained by political considerations. Perhaps its agenda is, in many important respects, his. If that's not the case, then what explains Obama's unwillingness to condemn the disgraceful and disgusting things we've seen and heard?
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The Media's Emotional Investment in OWS: If you want to see a revealing look at the emotional, and not simply political, investment liberals have in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, watch Mika Brzezinski and Jeffrey Sachs respond to Newt Gingrich's comments over the weekend that the protesters should get a job and take a bath. Their rage is uncontained, almost tear-inducing, and comical. The whole crew and conversation, with one liberal egging on the other, is a fantastic window into the dominant mindset of modern-day liberal journalists.
OccupyDC cost local taxpayers $1 million. The OccupyDC protest has cost Washington DC taxpayers $1 million over the last two months. The cost has been calculated to be about $22,000 per day. The city has paid for sanitation costs which have exceeded $6,000.
Occupy feces. It was in jest two months ago when I began calling the Occupy crowd "dirt smelly hippies." Sadly, the phrase is now accurate. In Portland, Oregon, the city shutdown two parks for two weeks to clean up after these pigs left. 70 dump-truck loads of trash were hauled away. Now in Santa Cruz, California, Occupy Santa Cruz protesters left behind 200 pounds worth of human feces near the Veterans Memorial Building, a community center. Occupy San Francisco had a similar problem with the Ferry Building as these animals are too stupid and uncivilized to act as if they are potty trained.
Anarchy in the U.S.A.: Never in living memory has such a small political movement received such disproportionate attention from the press. Never in living memory has a movement been so widely scrutinized and yet so deeply misunderstood. If income equality is the new political religion, occupied Zuccotti Park was its Mecca. Liberal journalists traveled there and spewed forth torrents of ink on the value of protest, the creativity and spontaneity of the occupiers, the urgency of redistribution, and the gospel of social justice.
Obama speaks to Occupy Wall St. Protesters. President Obama hugs an increasingly unpopular, vulgar, and lawless movement.
Occupy protests cost nation's cities at least $13M. During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.
Occupy whine of the day. So the complaint now is that the New York City Police are a bunch of thugs who eliminated the "People's Library" of 2,000 books that were so important that the Occupy Wall Street crowd left the books behind when they evacuated Zuccotti Park. The books were carted away by sanitation workers on November 15, 2011, when police — at the request of the park's owners — cleared the park of protesters, which allowed sanitation workers to clean up after the pigs.
Odious Occupiers. County workers removed 200 pounds of human excrement from where Occupy Santa Cruz protesters encamped. Occupy Wall Street protesters defecated on their doorsteps, residents of lower Manhattan complained. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg evicted OWS squatters from Zuccotti Park because he feared public health was threatened by outbreaks of lice, scabies and lung disease. Health officials in San Francisco also feared disease might spread to the community from the OWS encampment there. So when Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said OWS protesters should "go get a job right after you take a bath," he was offering sound advice.
Occupy Brain Dead College Students. These kids, and the brain-dead professors backing them, don't know the first thing about student debt. First, about a third of students don't borrow any money for college. And the average debt per borrower is just $22,000 for those attending public four-year colleges and $28,000 for those going to private colleges, according to the College Board. What's more, these figures are up only 11%, after inflation, over the past decade. None of this suggests a student debt crisis.
The Wall Street Occupiers as Mind Erasers. Look at what those Occupy morons on Wall Street have achieved in just a month of ruckus-making. Those kids can't string a coherent sentence together. They were stoned a lot of the time. What they did was pure street theater, a publicity con, and the media loved it. It was easy for all the mediots in Manhattan to hop a cab from Midtown to check on the slow-motion riot, write their stories, and go home early. The "hate Capitalism" schtick got headlines — while the Occubums were tweeting up a storm on their shiny new iPods, iPads, and iPhones, all exquisite products of capitalist creativity.
Occupy Wall Street has vindicated the Tea Party. Regardless of one's feelings toward the Tea Party or policies it advocates, Tea Partiers have at least, during their short existence, conducted themselves relatively peacefully and responsibly. Of course, this isn't to suggest critics won't still cry foul whenever a Tea Partier shows up to a public event concealing a firearm, or a Tea Partier displays signs at a rally capable of being interpreted as derogatory. But at least the right to bear arms and freedom of speech, unlike rape, vandalism, and drug usage — all seen at Occupy Wall Street protests — are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
Rich #Occupy Leftists Drink Chardonnay in First Class. Two weeks ago, Andrew Breitbart called me and laughingly told me that he had just boarded a plane and wanted me to guess who he had passed in first class as he made his way to his coach seat. I immediately guessed that it was someone who publicly stands in "solidarity" with "the 99%" as he or she sips chardonnay in seats only the 1% can typically afford. It turned out to be Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, enjoying the good life.
Top Six Signs the Left And Mainstream Media Have Hung Occupy Out to Dry. Occupy is all about greed, self-actualization, and narcissism. The fastest and easiest way to feel superior is to assume the role of a victim ... because a victim is always superior to his or her oppressors. Occupy is also an army the left and Alinksy-style community organizers like Barack Obama have been breeding for decades. The formula is simple: feed enough self-esteem to those who don't deserve it and you create an entire generation of entitled crybabies desperate to direct the frustration of their unfulfilled lives at whomever.
Social Justice and the Occupiers. The OWS protestors basically want to do nothing while they collect everything. Why do they call themselves occupiers when the typical liberal considers occupying a sin such as the Pilgrims occupying North America or the Jews occupying Israel? If they are occupiers, shouldn't they hate themselves? Actually, they do. Who else would rather [defecate] on a cop car than to canvas around for a possible job? Their priority is antithesis. They do not understand positive and purposive constructive behavior.
Arrest in Occupy murder. The media maligned the Tea Party rallies as "racist" and provoking violence, but as far as I can tell no one was arrested — much less robbed, raped or murdered — at a Tea Party rally. John Nolte has documented 375 news accounts of anti-social and criminal activities by the Occupy crowd, a media darling and an arm of the Democratic Party that has been blessed by multimillionaires Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. One of those incidents is the November 10 murder of Kayode Ola Foster, 25, who was part of the Occupy Oakland crowd.
Communists Work on a New Improved, Pro-Obama 'Occupy' Movement. While withering under the combined effects of cold weather, public disgust, and the tiniest hint of a backbone by some public authorities, the Occupy Wall Street Movement will not be allowed to die. That is, if one of the movement's strongest pillars, the Communist Party USA, has its way. What will change though, if the Communist succeed in dominating the movement they have so thoroughly infiltrated, will be a new, more disciplined, less anarchic — even electorally focused "Occupy" movement.
Union Blasts OWS for Port Shutdown. In its continued quest for media attention, the fading Occupy Wall Street movement has moved on to shutting down ports along the West Coast. The movement claims it's doing this in solidarity with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which is currently feuding with a major grain exporter. But the union president isn't exactly grateful for the "help" — in fact, he released a statement criticizing the OWS movement for "co-opting" the union's fight.
Occupy stooges on parade. They are dirty, political punks. I seriously doubt the majority of them could identify five reasons why they are protesting. No one else in the country can. You don't need to search the Internet far to read story after story of the Occupy stooges committing crimes, fighting the cops, destroying personal property, stinking the place up and engaging in other noble expressions of First Amendment rights.
Issa Investigates What White House Knows about 'Occupy DC'. A key Republican lawmaker wants the Obama administration to explain its role in allowing "Occupy Wall Street" protestors to illegally camp in a Washington D.C. park that was recently beautified with nearly half a million dollars in stimulus funds.
Barack Obama: Lord of the Mobs. Across the country, angry left wing protesters are taking to the streets. From New York to Tampa, Florida; from Raleigh and Asheville, NC to Spokane, WA, people angry about the "system" are decrying "corporate greed." And President Obama could not be happier. Recently, he expressed solidarity with the protests, saying they are "giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works."
These port protesters 'occupy' sheep's clothing. The false prophets of doom otherwise known as the Occupy Movement dropped their sheepish disguise last week just long enough to show their true colors as wolves ready to rip with tooth and claw at the innards of American society. You see, on Monday [12/12/2011], Occupy protesters gave up their role as a modified Greek chorus in the collapse of American society and started taking a more active role in dismantling the American economy they so intensely despise.
OWS Rises to Power. For some of us, it's difficult to take the Occupy movement seriously. However, for once, let's do just that and ask the simple question, "What if the Occupiers take power?" To answer that, I need to first address what they would need to do to rise to power. We need to understand the means through which the Occupiers will reach their ends — communism or anarchy. The answer can be discerned from the perspective of experts on mob mentality and mob rule.
Newt Gingrich Slams Occupy Wall Street. "All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we owe them everything," Gingrich said. "They take over a public park they didn't pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn't pay for, to beg for food from places they don't want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously explain they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything."
Obama's Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps. Writing back in 2007, Naomi Wolfe catalogued the steps to creating a dictatorship (which she sought to apply to George W. Bush). Interestingly enough, they apply far more to the man who replaced him. Wolfe's steps include: [#1] Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy. Isn't that precisely what Occupy Wall Street has done with the banks and businesses? OWS has ties to Obama's friends in ACORN, as well as to SEIU. Isn't that what was done with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his attempts to save that state from bankruptcy?
They hate capitalism, but watch them fight over the extra money.
OWS has money to burn. As the Occupy Wall Street movement loses steam, protesters are pitching new and creative ways to spend the $300,000 remaining in the kitty. The group now raises just a few hundred bucks a day, down sharply from the tens of thousands that poured in daily at its height in November. All told, it took in $706,855.91 in donations between Oct. 1 and Jan. 4.
Leftist Mob Mobilizes Against the GOP. The Obama-backed "Occupy" movement has been working nonstop in New Hampshire bullying, intimidating, harassing, and provoking the Republican Party's presidential candidates. It is the kind of unseemly, Latin American-style political activism that threatens to become a permanent feature of American politics if President Obama wins a second term. It's also the classic Saul Alinsky "inside/outside" strategy. Ensconced in the White House Obama appears to remain above the fray while his loyal minions on the outside of officialdom do their best to irritate and embarrass his Republican adversaries.
Issa: Obama ignoring Occupy DC to avoid 'political embarrassment'. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Friday [1/13/2012] charged the Obama administration with allowing Occupy DC protesters to remain illegally camped on federal ground in order to avoid political embarrassment. In making the charge, Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, threw his weight behind District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray (D), who has also criticized the federal government over the camps.
Occupy Turns From Protest To Piracy With Disruptions. While claiming to hate banks, Occupy protestors have a creepy penchant for disrupting sea traffic. Their new plan is to halt ships in Washington state. Now Coast Guard escorts are being called in. It's not enough. This is piracy.
15 Questions The Mainstream Media Would Ask Barack Obama If He Were A Republican: [#6] Occupy Wall Street has been protesting against Wall Street and the richest 1 percent in America. You are in the top 1 percent of income earners in America and you have collected more cash from Wall Street than any other President in history. So, aren't you exactly the sort of politician that Occupy Wall Street wants to get rid of?
Too Many People Speak Out Of Their Ignorance. This may be the golden age of presumptuous ignorance. The most recent demonstrations of that are the Occupy Wall Street mobs. It is doubtful how many of these semiliterate sloganizers could tell the difference between a stock and a bond. Yet there they are, mouthing off about Wall Street on television, cheered on by politicians and the media.
Occupy Oakland arrests reach 400; City Hall vandalized. Officials surveyed damage Sunday from a volatile Occupy protest that resulted in hundreds of arrests the day before and left the historic City Hall vandalized after demonstrators broke into the building, smashed display cases, cut electrical wires and burned an American flag.
Yup, they finally burned the flag. Once you burn the American flag, you basically are revealing your cause to be anti-American. You hate the country. Fine. Leave.
Mostly Peaceful Oakland Occupiers Mostly Peaceful To The Tune Of 300 Arrested. You have to wonder if the Democrat big wigs are starting to get a bit nervous about the Occupiers, wondering if they will continue to be "mostly peaceful" up to the election, and particularly during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In many liberal cities, they have passed laws against "camping" on public property. The Democrat mayor and Dems in Charlotte, NC have already passed a law banning structures that are used for "living accommodation purposes" on city property, and they could be evicted Monday. The DNC will be held in Charlotte. Which is weird, because Occupiers are supposedly "mostly peaceful".
Occupiers Assert Constitutional Right to Commit Crimes. The Occupy movement has generally faded away, succumbing in most cities to cold weather and public indifference. But Oakland is different. The Oakland Occupiers include criminals — not just those who commit sexual assault and defecate on police cars, but serious criminals.
Occupiers Dump Condoms on Catholic School Girls. A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters disrupted a Right to Life rally and threw condoms on Catholic school girls inside the Rhode Island state capitol building. Barth Bracy, executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life, said their rally had to be cut short after the Occupiers began screaming and refused to allow a Catholic priest to deliver a prayer.
Occupy Charlotte Used Water Supply as Toilet, Possibly for Months. City workers who had been cleaning the area noticed toilet paper on top of a storm water grate that drains into a nearby creek. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and city officials believe some protesters have been using the drain as a toilet. ... So basically these Occupiers have been pooping and peeing in the water supply and now taxpayers, some of whom may have been getting this specially treated water in their homes (gross), will have to pay for the cleanup. It's a pretty good metaphor for the entire movement.
Police evict protesters at Occupy Austin encampment. In a surprising and increasingly tense move late Friday [2/3/2012], Austin police officers broke up the Occupy Austin encampment, moving protesters who for nearly four months had set up sleeping bags, signs and a makeshift library in front of City Hall.
Park Police take action at Occupy DC. The U.S. Park Police swept through McPherson Square early Saturday morning [2/4/2012] in an unannounced inspection of the Occupy DC camp, arresting four and ordering Occupiers to take down the massive "Tent of Dreams" beneath Gen. James McPherson's statue.
Police raid Occupy DC. National Park Service police raided the Occupy DC encampment in downtown Washington on Saturday morning [2/4/2012]. The NPS on Jan. 28 said that it would soon enforce a no-camping order in Washington's McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza where the Occupy DC movement has been holding a round-the-clock vigil for months.
NBC's 'inexcusable' offense. Nearly 400 protestors were recently arrested for vandalizing Oakland City Hall. In examining the network coverage of the incident, Gainor — vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center (MRC) — tells OneNewsNow that NBC dedicated a total of 34 seconds to the riot and refused to mention that the protestors burned an American flag, which they stole from City Hall.
Delousing of a movement. As the tents were coming down at McPherson Square, the dead rats and mice being retrieved, the urine and feces and filthy bedding disposed of by D.C. employees dressed in hazardous-materials suits like their contemporaries at Fukushima, Japan, I thought of the left-wing press. ... Now, for the most part, the Occupiers are no more. Yet the left-wing press raves on, and I suppose the mainstream media are complicit. This movement was more degenerate than they reported.
12 Union Protestors Arrested At AT&T Protest. Did I say union members? Sorry I meant Occupy protestors. Oh wait now I am confused. Most of these protestors appear to be middle aged black people with jobs and a union card. The whole occupy movement has been taken over by the union goons now and it is pretty transparent. In Atlanta when the occupy protest began you couldn't find an African American among them.
Peaceful Occupy Oakland Woman Arrested for Attacking Police. It's laughable how every single one of these stories goes out of the way to say these lunatics are peaceful, then they report in "oh, by the way" fashion they were angrily attacking the police.
Legitimizing Anarchy. [Scroll down] They claim to have already trained 100,000 activists. Rape, rats, drugs, mayhem and even murder was the legacy of OWS Act I before they hibernated resting for a spring comeback. "It may well be that the Occupy movement is now in its second phase where it makes trouble, in the phase where it threatens to shut down institutions," says leftist professor and activist Frances Fox Piven. (The Blaze, March 9, 2012). "The Occupy Movement has moved into the neighborhoods of our cities, it has moved into the schools. This spring, we'll see action against the banks and the corporations." Where is the reassuring news that the police are readying for OWS Act II? What is the Game Plan of authorities who are paid to keep the public peace?
Occupiers try to blow up a bridge near Cleveland. Congratulations on another stunning public-relations victory, Occupy. What's that? "These guys don't have anything to do with Occupy!" Hey, don't tell me, tell them.
Occupy Leaders Apparently Involved in Bridge Bomb Plot, Suspects Named. One of the leaders of the Occupy Cleveland movement, Brandon Baxter, is one of those arrested for today's terrorist plot to bomb a bridge in Cleveland. Occupier Brandon Baxter appears to have gotten the guidance he sought.
NPR Calls Violent Occupy Protests 'Restrained'. The comforting whisper voices of authority at NPR want to keep their liberal pledge based hermetically sealed from the reality of nationwide May Day riots and chaos caused by the Occupy movement yesterday [5/1/2012]. That's the only conclusion to be drawn from Morning Edition's scant coverage of what was supposed to be Occupy great spring renewal, downplaying if not denying the violence that was evident to anyone paying attention.
Occupy's Descent Into Mobbery Threatens Democracy. After a day of mayhem, Occupy protesters have shown themselves to be little more than a dangerous mob. Democrats coddle them even as their outrages escalate.
The New Face of Terrorism. If this is the new face of terrorism, we're in big trouble. And it seems very likely. You see lots of the same type among the crowd at Occupy Wall Street crowd or in those fanatical environmental groups that chain themselves to a grove of trees or burn down a luxury condominium. (In fact, these five were first tailed by police after talking anarchist violence at Occupy Cleveland.)
Suspect in bridge bombing plot signed lease on Occupy Cleveland warehouse. One of the five self-described anarchists arrested last week for attempting to blow up a local bridge signed the lease for a West Side warehouse where about a dozen members of the Occupy Cleveland group live.
The Occupy Movement and the Communism of Everyday Life. Foremost among the early advocates of the movement was the brilliant economic anthropologist David Graeber, the man who is frequently credited with coming up with the slogan, "We are the 99 percent." Dubbed the "Anti-Leader of Occupy Wall Street," Graeber saw the movement as the dawn of a new age. In an interview, Graeber stated that he had three goals in 2011. The first was to learn how to drive a car. The second was to see his most recent book through the press. The third was to start a world revolution. I don't know if Graeber learned how to drive a car, but at this point the prospect of his starting a world revolution is looking quite dim.
The Crumbling Of Our Moral Infrastructure Can Be Deadly. The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized disruptions of other people's lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment's requirement that the government provide "equal protection of the laws" to all its citizens. How did the "Occupy" movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey?
Union with Obama ties rents offices for Occupy DC. A labor union with strong ties to President Obama is helping make the Occupy Wall Street movement a more permanent fixture in the nation's capital, moving Occupy DC into office space the group can use to organize and grow through the presidential election. The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama's most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops.
Twitter resists US court's demand for Occupy tweets. Twitter is contesting a US court order ordering it to hand over the message history of one of its users. A New York state court has called on the firm to release tweets written by an activist who took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests last year. The micro-blogging service disputes a judge's ruling that messages are owned by the firm rather than its users.
Occupy Wall Street: Not Just Another Smelly Liberal Protest. First off, no they are not the 99 percent. They are a very tiny piece of it, many of whom hate capitalism and want to see it overturned. You know, that system that helped make this country great and provided the wealth they now loathe. That's why a bunch of the protesters repeatedly interrupted an art auction at Sotheby's. It's even easier to mock the other slogan as "This is what democracy smells like," or as one person on Twitter said, "This is what hypocrisy looks like." That's the kind of criticism they bring on themselves.
Still Clueless: What Is the Tea Party? For the Obama camp and mainstream media to have the unmitigated gall to say the Occupy movement is equal to the Tea Party makes for off-the-chain arrogance and shameless lying. [...] No one has been raped at a Tea Party. Rapes are occurring at OWS. No property, government or private, has been vandalized or destroyed by Tea Party patriots. OWS has been trashing businesses. No feces has been thrown or used to make a point at a Tea Party, but OWS dumped a bucket of feces in a public building. No arrests have been made at a Tea Party, but we have over 7,000 at OWS. And yet, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said God bless OWS while calling the Tea Party Nazi.
Pics from the anti-NATO march you won't see in the establishment media. As with Occupy Chicago's May Day march, yesterday's [5/20/2012] Anti-NATO march brought out the extremists. And I have more photographs that the establishment media won't ever consider using.
Obama's left-wing base.
Black Bandanas are to the Occupy Movement as White Hoods are to the KKK. The Occupy movement, which was endorsed by Obama, Nancy Pelosi and many other prominent Democrats is completely out of control. The people who committed this crime say they were attacking a racist group. Even if that's true it doesn't matter. They stormed a restaurant, beat up a group of people sitting at a table and then turned their rage on innocent bystanders.
Occupy Descends Into Bill Ayers-Style Terrorism In Chicago. After unleashing a crime wave on U.S. cities, the Occupy movement has descended into actual terrorism, as arrests in Chicago show. This is no longer the work of a fringe, but a shadowy group with political sponsorship.
Occupy anarcho-fascists post own video of themselves destroying SF neighborhood. The amazing part? The San Francisco police were monitoring the whole thing, and followed behind the Occupy rioters in police vans, and yet did nothing to stop them, even after the mob attacked an officer inside a parked police car. Occupy Wall Street's mainstream defenders are trying desperately to distance themselves from the "Black Bloc" anarchists who by now have grown to become one of the largest, if not the largest, group comprising the Occupy movement.
Everything you need to know about Occupy in one photo. It's May Day. I'm occupying my job, how about you? The Occupiers are out wreaking havoc, breaking windows, cursing at cops, and telling everyone else not to work.
Against Protestors. The Protestors don't want to be turned down at a job interview. So they don't apply for jobs. They do not want to be fired for incompetency. They'd rather burn a city. And muddled, ideological thinkers like the President actually support them.
'Occupy Unmasked' Earns Standing Ovation at RightOnline. Director Stephen K. Bannon's "Occupy Unmasked" debuted Friday to a standing ovation at the annual RightOnline conference in Las Vegas. The upcoming documentary revealed the true story behind the violent nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement, an inconvenient truth the media has done all it could to hide.
The Sad Demise of the Occupy Movement. Remember when the Democratic Party saw the Occupy movement as the Left's equivalent of the Tea Party? That lasted until it became obvious that 1) Occupy wasn't actually much of a movement, and 2) to the extent it existed, it was an embarrassment.
America's Ten Leading Purveyors of Hate. Not everyone in the Occupy Wall Street movement is a degenerate loser who hates Jews, earners, and showers. But far too many Occupiers are. [...] The Occupy movement is a disgraceful example of just what happens when hatred of America and capitalism is allowed to overcome good sense. The price is paid in rape, murder, and property damage.
Film: Occupy wasn't spontaneous, it was a scheme. According to "Occupy Unmasked," a new film from Citizens United due later this summer, the Occupy movement was organized by radical leftist activists from the very beginning. Steve Bannon — writer, producer and director of the film — told The Daily Caller in an interview that "Occupy was only spontaneous to the untrained eye. The radical left didn't hijack it, they planned it out." "If you fallow closely, Occupy is simply the continuation of the peace and anti-war movement from the sixties," Bannon said.
Northwest FBI Raids Target Occupy's 'Black Bloc'. The FBI has performed multiple raids of homes belonging to suspected anarchists in Portland, Oregon and in Olympia and Seattle, Washington. Five grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the searches. Photos from a raid carried out in Portland show law enforcement seizing computers and boxes from a home. The raids appear to be part of an investigation into activities by the Occupy movement's "black bloc."
Gov. Bobby Jindal Makes The Obama/Occupy Wall Street Connection. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal delivered a blistering attack on President Obama, saying that he believed the President showed the same thinking as the Occupy Wall Street movement. Jindal delivered the remarks to a receptive crowd at RedState Gathering 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday [8/4/2012].
Documents: Law Enforcement Instructed to 'Stand Down,' Not Arrest Occupy Lawbreakers. In a press release today [8/7/2012], watchdog group Judicial Watch announced that their Freedom of Information Act request of documents related to the Occupy movement revealed the Obama administration's role in giving quarter to Occupy Portland protestors violating the law on Federal land.
Former union boss at Occupy event: Our goal is to 'overthrow the capitalist system and build communism'. Former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689 president Mike Golash, now an "Occupy" movement organizer, was caught on tape Sunday [8/19/2012] revealing his political goals: overthrowing capitalism in the United States and instituting a communist government. "Progressive labor is a revolutionary communist organization," Golash said during an Occupy DC "People's Assembly" on August 19. "Its objective," he added, "is to make revolution in the United States, overthrow the capitalist system and build communism."
Occupy Admits Its Real Goal: Communism. The true agenda of the Occupy movement has been revealed — it's a totalitarian one. Billing itself as a spontaneous people's revolution and embraced by the media and Democrat political establishment, Occupy is really a destructive band of thugs whose goal is the violent demise of democracy. Speaking at a "People's Assembly" in Washington, former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689 president Mike Golash told Occupy members his goal was to "make revolution in the United States, overthrow the capitalist system and build communism."
Staged crisis leading to suspended elections could happen on our watch. In a revolutionary-bound world, there's always Hollywood. Even as the same people who pay to see their movies suffer in Marxist misery, Hollywood is still there providing most of the Obama regime props. The perception of overnight 'grassroots' insurrection will go down without a glitch. Obama controls both the mainstream media and the social media. Not as commonly known is that Obama also controls the fake grassroots protest movement known as OWS. For nearly four long years he's built an army "as well trained and well equipped as the U.S. military".
Is DOJ 'Community Organizing' Occupy Activists at the RNC?. What are uniformed field representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Relations Service (CRS) doing assisting Occupy/anarchist activists outside the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa? Exclusive video captured by Breitbart News during Occupy/anarchist demonstrations outside the RNC Tuesday shows CRS field representatives, wearing DOJ logo polo shirts and hats, conversing with Occupy protesters.
'Occupy' terrorists now called 'radical right' by Southern Poverty Law Center. Did you know that the Occupy Movement is actually a part of the "radical right"? The movement, which received favorable comments from the commanding heights of the American left — President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, the New York Times, and MSNBC — has now shown itself to include very violent elements, including actual terrorists, who began a bomb plot in Cleveland, only to be apprehended before carrying out their program of terror.
Reuters Notes Anniversary of 'Failed' OWS Born With Extreme MSM Hype. Reuters has noted the one year anniversary coming this Monday of the Coffee Party, oops, I mean Occupy Wall Street. I can be forgiven for the error since both proved to be as big a flop as Joe Scarborough's No Labels. All of these failed movements had one other thing in common: they were given a boost at birth with extreme media hype.
Second 'Occupy' Wave Could Be More Destructive. When the "Occupy" movement began a year ago, many initially dismissed it as a gathering of harmless college students. But the late Andrew Breitbart saw in the movement professional left-wing anarchists and radicals who sought to use the "Occupy" protests to violently overthrow the United States government, then destroy its institutions and the free market system.
Occupy Leaders Concede Goal Is Revolution, Support Violence. The mainstream media support of the Occupiers, Barack Obama's "sympathizing with their frustration," and Nancy Pelosi's "applauding them for their spontaneity," was a difficult time for those of us actually covering the movement. We saw it for what it was; a revolutionary effort to overthrow the US Constitutional government and shatter our economic system. We knew the "peaceful" portrayal offered by mainstream outlets didn't jive with a movement we knew supported the use of violence.
Vandalism Spree in Portland Has Hallmarks of Occupy. Broken windows at four banks and a drug store appear to be the work of a few dozen Occupy Portland members. The vandalism spree took place Thursday night [10/11/2012]. Police were called and some suspects were detained but no arrests have been made yet.
Why Occupy Values Lead to Occupy Violence: While the U.S. Constitution and the Judeo-Christian legal traditions rely upon the concepts of natural law, absolute truth, and quite simply, a general agreement that some actions are right and others are wrong, the Occupy movement deconstructs those virtues as it embraces postmodernism and adheres to policies designed to turn a blind eye to violence.
Big Business and Marxist Collusion — Bourgeois Socialism. The Occupy Movement, as we all know, was and is a tool of the elite. Skilled in projection and deflection, they screamed that big business was the enemy of the people and Marxism was the cure. No sane American would fall for that tripe. What the lame movement, if they had been honest, would have railed against was big business in collusion with big government. [...] GE, under Obama's guidance, has moved a great deal of their business into China where labor is cheaper and regulation and taxation are far less. And now comes word that GE will make nuclear power plant parts in China. Isn't that sleeping with the enemy?
Greenwich Village couple busted with cache of weapons, bombmaking explosives: sources. The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment. Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, "The Terrorist Encyclopedia," sources told The [New York] Post yesterday [12/30/2012].
New Details Emerge About Greenwich Village Couple Arrested On Weapons Charges. CBS News has learned that police seized two shotguns, a flare launcher, nine high-capacity rifle magazines, various handwritten notebooks containing formulas, literature on how to make booby traps and homemade weapons, and pages from a do-it-yourself manual called "The Terrorist Encyclopedia." The New York Post reported Greene was a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but the group has denied this.
Big Business and Marxist Collusion — Bourgeois Socialism. The Occupy Movement, as we all know, was and is a tool of the elite. Skilled in projection and deflection, they screamed that big business was the enemy of the people and Marxism was the cure. No sane American would fall for that tripe.
Study shows that the Occupy Wall Street kids were 'the children of the elite'. A New York college has released the illuminating findings of a survey of the folks who occupied Wall Street in 2011. It turns out that the movement of the 99 percent contained a lot of people with links to the 1 percent. To quote the report: "Highly educated young adults were overrepresented among [Occupy Wall Street] activists and supporters, a group with limited ethnic/racial diversity." Crunching the numbers, we discover that 62 percent of the Occupy movement were non-Hispanic whites and 55 percent were men. One third lived in homes earning more than $100,000 a year (that can buy a lot of copies of Das Kapital) and more than two thirds were employed professionals. An astonishing 76 percent had a college education.
Report: Occupy DC ruined stimulus-funded park. The stimulus-funded Washington, D.C. park taken over by Occupy protesters in late 2011 and early 2012 is finally starting to get back on its feet thanks to a taxpayer-funded re-sodding job by the National Park Service. "Occupy D.C.'s nearly five-month presence in McPherson Square left the park a brown, sodden mess not long after it received a $400,000 renovation paid for by the 2009 federal stimulus act," according to dcist.com.
New York City to Pay Occupy Wall Street $232,000 Over Destruction of People's Library. The City of New York has finally agreed to pay Occupy Wall Street for the property destroyed in the Zuccotti Park police raid on Nov. 15, 2011. OWS initiated a suit on May 24, 2012, seeking compensation for the desctruction of their People's Library — a collection of over 5,000 donated books. About 3,600 of these were ruined during the early morning eviction of the protest camp.
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#26] Occupy Wall Street: The media fell in love with Occupy Wall Street protests from the second they began. All reportage on these violent, crime-filled events has been suffused with a touch of sweetness and light by the media. Unreported has been the over 400 crimes committed by Occupiers not to mention the many thousands of small laws like local ordinances and rules that have been broken across the country.
Former IRS commissioner's wife tweeted from Occupy Wall Street rally. The wife of the former IRS commissioner who ran the tax agency when it was singling out conservative groups was apparently involved — at least briefly — in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Susan L. Anderson sent a tweet in December 2011 asking people in the Washington area to attend an Occupy Wall Street rally.
NJ Doctor With Occupy Wall Street Ties Indicted on Explosives Related Charge. A NJ doctor has been indicted on charges in relation to the storage of bomb-making materials and illegal weapons in his home.
Occupy Governor Scott. Since three days after George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict, a rag-tag group of 30 to 50 malcontents has been indulging a messy snit with the American jury system in a hallway outside of Florida Governor Rick Scott's office in the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. These idlers have camped there 24-7: eating, drinking, sleeping (along with some suggestions of other things) and generally making a mare's nest of part of a building that is closed to public business at 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends. The cost of this puerile political theater isn't trivial.
Occupy Arsonist Guilty of Destroying
$10+ Million Worth of Homes and Property. What's with the Occupy Movement's 'bee keepers' and the urge to destroy people's lives, including their own
families? After all, these are the very same
Town Hall meetings by phone
Some of our elected representatives have shown their fear of (and/or disdain for) their constituents by phoning in their town hall "appearances." If the crowd gets out of hand or starts asking embarrassing questions, all the congressman has to do is hang up!
Don't think for a moment that they're concerned for their physical safety. The people in the angry crowds aren't that type. And besides, a member of Congress can summon security assistance whenever they want it. No, the biggest reason to "phone it in" is to avoid tough unanticipated questions.
Reid plans town hall meeting over telephone. A day after holding up a square of Astroturf to denounce the orchestrated attacks on Democratic town hall meetings on health care, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said he would be talking with his Nevada constituents this month over the phone lines.
Klein insists 'telephone town hall' isn't wimpy. Don't expect any YouTubed confrontations when U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, hosts a town hall meeting this month to discuss the 1,018-page House Democratic health care bill. Klein is planning a "telephone town hall" that he says will reach far more constituents than an in-the-flesh event.
Nadler Phones It In. New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler is having his first health-care town-hall forum on Monday night [8/17/2009] — it just won't be with any actual people in the room. The Democratic congressman will hold a "telephone town hall," where Manhattan and Brooklyn constituents who have been calling his district office to talk about health-care reform will get return calls.
Yarmuth answers questions on health care in call-in meeting. The debate over health care reform came to more than 5,000 Louisville homes on Monday [8/17/2009] as U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth answered questions in a call-in town hall meeting during which he said he believes that Congress needs to move slowly on the issue. He also labeled claims that the House plan for reform would include so-called death panels as "ridiculous."
President of Some of the People. The American people who elected these men and women to represent their interests in Washington are becoming increasingly frustrated. They are expressing that frustration at various town hall meetings with their representatives, yet these oft-insulated politicians simply don't know what to do in response to their constituents' outrage. Instead of engaging them and listening to their concerns, they have responded by hiding from them, holding town halls over the telephone, or limiting the public's access to their public meetings.
The next logical step: total absence.
Congressmen On Milk Cartons? It's amazing how frightened of the community the party of the great community organizer has become now that the community has organized itself against his attempt to impose socialized medicine on the country. They cheered when he told them to get in the faces of their opponents. Now they won't show their faces, period. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois at least had the courage to show up and announce he wasn't going to show up at such events.
Five Questions for Senator Reid's Town Hall. Today [8/27/2009] Senator Reid is holding a teleconference where he will accept screened questions from selected constituents. It's unfortunate that Senator Reid has declined to hold even a single public town hall for his constituents on the principal reform issue of our day, instead ducking debate and calling constituents who oppose his far-reaching agenda names such as "evil-mongers" and "phonies."
And other stealth tactics...
Sen. Sherrod Brown is Why We're Angry, My Liberal Friends. Last week I went to a town hall held by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. Since the Senate went on recess I've been blogging, calling the senator's office and writing opinion pieces for my local paper asking him to have a public meeting in my county. At first the Senator was having stealth get-togethers with supporters and then went back announcing them on his website as "public forums."
Do tele-town halls shield lawmakers from rowdy crowds? The telephone town hall, a forum that members of Congress insist offers them an opportunity to reach out to more constituents than through traditional town halls, is coming under increasing scrutiny from critics who insist that the events are largely rigged and designed to shield skittish lawmakers from facing hostile questioning.
The White House wages an unworthy media war. Politicians are sounding a little paranoid about the media these days. The White House is trying to blockade the largest cable news network. A House candidate called the police when a reporter asked her about abortion. Congressional leaders turn to angry media critics as they talk about why support for health care legislation remains tepid. Lashing out at the press has always been a popular play for politicians in distress, and it's often a precursor to eventual failure.
The political-media complex. It is no surprise that 60% of Congress members are not holding town hall meetings during the recess. A total of 430 current members of the House of Representatives have been canvassed and only 191 of them have scheduled meetings. The results reveal that members of both parties share the blame, with about 59% of Democrats and 50% of Republicans stating they had no town hall meetings scheduled for the recess period. Congress no longer listens to the America people. It is time to elect representatives that do.
"When the people fear their government there is tyranny;
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