Misrepresenting the message

U.S. media continue shameful slander of Tea Party movement

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The media in this country slandered and libeled the Tea Party movement in an effort to strangle it in its crib.

As others have noted as well, first the media tried ignoring the movement. Then they mocked it. Then they attacked it and mischaracterized it.

In contrast, they embraced, exalted and promoted the liberal, ill-focused, often chaotic and sometimes violent “Occupy” protests.

We’re not aware of any significant Tea Party unruliness, despite its non-exclusive membership, and it was never the least bit ambiguous about what it wanted: an end to out-of-control government spending that is putting posterity, and perhaps our own posteriors, at great financial risk.

Period.

Yet, our media quite purposely and disingenuously continue to misrepresent that very simple message.

CBS reporter Elizabeth Palmer recently compared theocratic, autocratic presidential candidates in Iran to the Tea Party, saying, “In U.S. terms, it was as if all the candidates for the presidency came from the Tea Party.”

That’s just the height of lunacy – to compare the oppressive ruling theocracy’s approved candidates in one of the world’s strictest Islamic states to Americans who merely want a financially sound federal government.

It’s not just a continuance of the slander our media have slung at the good people of the Tea Party. It’s also just irrational hysteria.

It’s worthy of note that some outside of this country seem to understand the American Revolution-inspired Tea Party movement better than our liberal news media do.

British historian and professor Niall Ferguson was quoted in the Telegraph of London recently as saying, “If young Americans knew what was good for them, they would all be in the Tea Party.”

Western democracies’ famously dire financial conditions are even worse than advertised, Ferguson notes.

“Professor Ferguson,” writes the Telegraph, “argues the true size of government debt in Western democracies is many times larger than ‘deeply misleading’ figures issued in the form of bonds because they do not record unfunded liabilities of social security and health care schemes.

“ ‘The last corporation to publish financial statements this misleading was Enron,’ ” the paper quoted him.

“ ‘These mind-boggling numbers represent nothing less than a vast claim by the generation currently retired or about to retire on their children and grandchildren, who are obligated by current law to find the money in the future, by submitting either to substantial increases in taxation or to drastic cuts in other forms of public expenditure,’ he said.

“He argues one of the ways out of the current economic ‘mess’ would be for ‘a heroic effort of leadership’ to persuade all generations to ‘vote for a more responsible fiscal policy.’ ”

For this, good Americans are being compared to Islamic fundamentalists?

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/25/13 - 01:08 am
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If only that were the worst of their recent offenses.
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The way David Gregory handled his interview of Glen Greenwald on "Meet the Press" was very telling, on many levels.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/25/13 - 04:05 am
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In the past

In the past I actually enjoyed watching the nightly news.....but now heh...my blood pressure goes sky high & I wonder if I'm living in the USA......I don't enjoy Rush either...can't listen there....radio is not much better......so my hubby says stop making yourself sick & just turn it off......HEY....I think he is right..:)

carcraft
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carcraft 06/25/13 - 04:54 am
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While Scandals broke I

While Scandals broke I watched reports on Discovery's "Bearing Sea Gold". a Report on an escape from Alcatraz" 40 years ago, ABC news with Dianne Sawyer. It was disgusting while our Government lied and obfuscated the truth the "main stream media" was feeding the low information voter pabulum. One does need to keep informed. When Obama said he would be more flexible in dealing with the Russians, I didn't realize he meant they could bend him over!

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RMSHEFF 06/25/13 - 06:16 am
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The Tea Party is against the

The Tea Party is against the one thing liberals loved the most...BIG GOVERNMENT. Liberals see big government as the savior of us little people and the tea party was the antithesis of everything they see as good. They have attempted to do whatever is necessary to destroy the tea party because it is a truly grassroots movement.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 06/25/13 - 06:25 am
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A debt that was brought on by

A debt that was brought on by shifting taxes from those at the top and corporations to the middle class, out of control military spending, two wars (and the unheard of practice of cutting taxes twice while entering 2 wars), adding a prescription drug plan to Medicare that pays full retail for the drugs, and a recession. We might also add, electing a president and vice president, and also re-electing them, when the vice president stated that, "deficits don't matter." Only after losing an election did this this groundswell of concern for the deficit and the debt take hold. Those of us who lived here saw this and don't need the input of a British classist, racist, imperialist and neo colonial apologist to explain US current events. The man makes up history to suit his needs, why believe his take on this? The notion that the modern Tea Party movement is in any way related to the US Revolution is a sacrilege to the original's name. There is a huge difference between taxation without representation and whining because your side lost an election. Funded by some of the largest tax dodging corporations in the world, the modern version is the antithesis of the original Tea Party. The East India Company wasn't funding the Sons of Liberty.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/25/13 - 06:43 am
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If your scared...

The Tea Party scares the living death out of Liberals. It must be verlified, shouted down, and eliminated. And the editorial is right. Every person, here legally I must add, under the age of 40 should be a member. They are the ones who will watch the house of cards come tumbling down.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/25/13 - 06:45 am
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Tea Party

@JTF
Gotta agree with you here. The TP scares the Hades out me. I wish someone cared why that is.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/25/13 - 06:48 am
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"The man makes up history to
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"The man makes up history to suit his needs, why believe his take on this?"

Good quote Bod...it is very similar to when YOU made up the statement "Only after losing an election did this this groundswell of concern for the deficit and the debt take hold." and "There is a huge difference between taxation without representation and whining because your side lost an election." AND "Funded by some of the largest tax dodging corporations in the world, the modern version is the antithesis of the original Tea Party." You completely ignore the fact that true fiscal conservatives condemn the spending of Bush as well as any other big spender....but why let the truth get in the way of your rant? Keep on making up your facts as you see fit. We are on to you.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/25/13 - 06:49 am
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Truth matters, I care why.
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Truth matters, I care why. Please tell us.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/25/13 - 06:53 am
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bod--i'm offended but not

bod--i'm offended but not surprised by your mischaracterization of those of us who believe big govt is out of control..to say its sacrilege to relate the movement to the revolution is silly..i'm am not whining when i oppose higher taxes its exercizing the 1st amendment, or doesnt it apply to us...to say that debt was not a concern b/4 obumler is wrong..conservatives like myself feel betrayed by rhinos who spend freely and foolishly with the dims...obumler spending was the last straw because of its enormity and wastefulness. so b/4 you start assuming that which you write, truly exam the revolution and our constitution..hope i treaded softly as i truly tempered my response..

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/25/13 - 07:07 am
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Truth

Yeah, I would like to know too. What about them scares you?

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/25/13 - 07:54 am
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Obama scare the heck out of

Obama scares the heck out of me !

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/25/13 - 07:56 am
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The tea party is a truly

The tea party is a truly grass roots movement unlike all the liberal astroturf movements who have to pay people to show up. This is what scares the liberal progressives!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/25/13 - 08:10 am
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Neal Boortz

filling in for Herman yesterday described the condition and situation that America is in with a no holds, no PC worded Broadcast. There was no doubt in everything he said.....

Ended....."There Is No More America - America Is Screwed and Without Recovery"

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/25/13 - 08:44 am
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bodhisattva,
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take two hormone pills and call your psychiatrist if you have anymore of these feelings of rejection.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/25/13 - 08:58 am
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Tea Party and Democrats

Question: What is the bestest friend in Congress that the Democrats can have ?? Answer: The Tea Party

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/25/13 - 09:05 am
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Quote from editorial

"“Professor Ferguson,” writes the Telegraph, “argues the true size of government debt in Western democracies is many times larger than ‘deeply misleading’ figures issued in the form of bonds because they do not record unfunded liabilities of social security and health care schemes."

What would people like Prof. Ferguson like to do with Social Security and Medicare ?? I mean, there are already millions of elderly and disabled on these two government programs !! I would strongly suggest that some answers come along with these constant questions about Social Secuity and Medicare !! Where are your answers ??!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/25/13 - 09:14 am
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Question: What is the bestest

Question: What is the bestest friend in Congress that the Tea Party can have?? Answer: Democrats

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/25/13 - 09:16 am
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Truth Matters, we all care

Truth Matters, we all care why you are scared. Speak up and maybe we can help you. There are all types of measures to alleviate fears these days.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/25/13 - 09:22 am
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Question about Tea Party

If The Tea Partyers don't believe in a lot of The Patriot Act and they take issue with long time Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham, are they REALLY Republicans ??!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/25/13 - 09:27 am
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Quote from editorial

"In contrast, they embraced, exalted and promoted the liberal, ill-focused, often chaotic and sometimes violent “Occupy” protests."

If the Tea Partyers are so in favor of The 1st Amendment, THEN WHY would they not have embraced the Occupy movement ??

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 06/25/13 - 09:32 am
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Tea Partiers are as euphoric as Hadacol drinkers

Bodhisattva I can tell you don't wear rose colored glasses or have tunnel vision.

The Tea Party reminds me of Hadacol -- For example from Wikipedia, One of the tonic's unusual ingredients, "Diluted Acid Hydrochloric", is what is known as a "hydrochloric wash": a heavily diluted form of the acid that opens the arteries and allows the body's quicker absorption of the other ingredients, including the 12 percent alcohol "preservative".

We could begin with "Diluted truisms" relating to "Brain wash," etc.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/25/13 - 09:32 am
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t3bled

"I would strongly suggest that some answers come along with these constant questions about Social Secuity and Medicare !! Where are your answers ??!" The Democrats have no plan to save SS and Medicare. What are your thoughts on that?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/25/13 - 09:36 am
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Quote from editorial

"Western democracies’ famously dire financial conditions are even worse than advertised, Ferguson notes."

May be if the western governments, especialy The U.S., would stop being the world's police, then those HUGH expenditures could be funalled into more financial aid for their own countries !

carcraft
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carcraft 06/25/13 - 09:41 am
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Gee , we have the Tea Party

Gee , we have the Tea Party disparaged by the main stream media. Subjected to special scrutiny by the IRS and some folks here justify it? TEA Party IRS forms were sent to a higher level on the IRS, field agents could clear progressive applications . Now I fear the government far more than the TEA party! The. Government has demonstrated that it is capable of discrimination in politics !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/25/13 - 09:41 am
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justthefacts @ 10:32

"The Democrats have no plan to save SS and Medicare. What are your thoughts on that?"

Even though it is not fair, means testing is going to have to happen for Social Security and Medicare to continue.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/25/13 - 09:48 am
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BLED--dont you read our

BLED--dont you read our post***true conservtives are not party loyalist like dims are***graham is a republican and a rhino..i am at odds with him a lot..i generally vote with the republicans as the dims are so far left i have to vote against THEM...their is a blindness in the loyality of dim voters that goes beyond reason and common sense..AND ryan did put forward plans to save SS AND MEDICARE...he was demonized by the party of status qou and the party of no hope..the democrats...wheres the honest dialogue to solve these problems...heck we have rhinos and dims that are willing to pass bills without reading them...WE ALL SHOULD ME MAD

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/25/13 - 09:54 am
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oh--bled one more thing-we do

oh--bled one more thing-we do believe in orderly and lawful protest**its part of our heritage..except the occupiers were neither lawful and orderly**heck they had to set up safe tents to protect women members from rape**they were a rag tag group who were paid to be there..filthy and disrespectful to others who lived in that area..a group to be admired??? only by the left...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/25/13 - 09:59 am
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tebledsoe

Go review Paul Ryan's proposal. He agrees with you.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/25/13 - 10:02 am
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"If The Tea Partyers don't
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"If The Tea Partyers don't believe in a lot of The Patriot Act and they take issue with long time Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham, are they REALLY Republicans ??!"

Who said you had to be a republican to be a tea partier?

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