A gaping blindspot

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Nearly a year after it began -- and after months and months and months of evidence right in front of his nose -- CNN commentator David Gergen seemed astounded Tuesday night at the strength of the Tea Party movement.

Well, of course you're going to be surprised at things you ignore!

CNN and other "mainstream" media literally laughed off the movement, trying to convince themselves it was a Fox News creation. Or that it was just racists and other fringe elements. Like at the health-care town hall meetings. Right.

Even after Tuesday's stunning victory by Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in deep-blue Massachusetts, "mainstream" media seemed to want to change the subject as quickly as possible. They quickly took an "In other news" approach, and only seemed to cover Brown's acceptance speech reluctantly. Wednesday morning, a nonplussed Today Show host Meredith Vieira essentially asked Brown what it was like to chat with Ted Kennedy's widow on the phone, since, you know, you've promised to destroy Kennedy's dream for health care in America.

Nothing like an unbiased media!

But it's amazing what a splash of cold water can do to wake up some: After Brown's win, extreme liberal MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews suddenly sees problems with big government spending. NBC's David Gregory suddenly sees virtue in the Tea Party movement -- after last year comparing town hall meetings to Timothy McVeigh-style violence against government.

The media story of 2008 was about their love affair with Barack Obama. The media story of 2009 was about their open contempt for conservative Americans protesting the growth of government spending and power. In both their slander of conservatives, and their moon crater-sized blindspots for the truth about the Tea Party movement, most of the national media have shown themselves to be contemptuously and, likely, purposefully out of touch with Americans.

Don't suppose that it's not purposeful. Anderson Cooper and others in the media knew well and good that they were using an obscene sexual reference when they called Tea Party patriots "teabaggers." Many still do it.

And when a leading Democratic presidential wanna-be, John Edwards, privately had a love child with a former aide while publicly selling the image of a doting husband to a cancer-stricken wife, the liberal media were nowhere to be found. On purpose.

A tabloid story revealing Edwards' gross hypocrisy "gained zero traction in the traditional press and almost none in the blogosphere," says the new political bombshell Game Change. In fact, outlets such as Newsweek were still touting him as presidential material.

"The mainstream media, yet again, was determinedly ignoring the (Edwards story)," says Game Change . "If that trend continued, there was still a chance that John could win the nomination ..."

Now, after several years of retreating denials, Edwards finally admitted this week that the baby is his.

"SHOCKER: Edwards admits he lied about love child," read one news Web site.

Shocker? Only if you weren't paying attention.

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concernednative
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concernednative 01/23/10 - 04:25 am
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It is always funny to me when

It is always funny to me when right wing news organizations try to paint every one as biased. The AC is just the polor opposite of MSNBC but both are biased. So it is hard to take you serious when your whole premise is based on a lie that you are somehow neutral. Anyway I remember the tea partiers all over America including Augusta calling themselves [filtered word]s. In fact if memory serves me correct in Augusta they all brought tea bags to the events. So is the media forcing them to do that.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/23/10 - 05:37 am
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Speeewwwww...lol wait a

Speeewwwww...lol wait a moment while I clean the coffee off of my monitor............."It is always funny to me when right wing news organizations try to paint every one as biased."....................this from a Lib?...Now THATS the best thing I have read all week! Thanks for the chuckles concernednative.

GGpap
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GGpap 01/23/10 - 05:40 am
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AC: You write an editorial

AC: You write an editorial about "[filtered word]s" and end it with the John Edwards peccadillo! First to bolster the [filtered word]s, and secondly to smear the left. Chicken doo-doo editorial, sirs! You fail to mention the fact that your "[filtered word]" heroes are very much like the democrats you so much disparage; they are falling apart and they are also beginning to fuss (a gentle word) among themselves! It will be interesting to see where THEY go over the next few months. Get real, AC, support winners or losers; not the namby-pamby [filtered word] "duhs!" GGpap

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/23/10 - 06:22 am
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The bias comes from all

The bias comes from all sides,, thank goodness we still have some clear thinking folks,,,

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/23/10 - 06:45 am
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concernednative, you're the

concernednative, you're the only level of poster that referred to the TeaParty as teabaggers. Informed and honorable people avoided the term. While your memory is convenient to you, it's a myth to everyone else.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/23/10 - 06:56 am
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While it's fun to point out

While it's fun to point out the continuous inaccuracies and exclusions of manipulation made by the lamestream press, it should also be noted that Marx taught that to gain control of the unwashed masses, one must gain control of the entertainment industry (done), the schools (done), and the news media ... not done thanks to the internet and FOX. This is an never ending war that the left will continue on a daily basis. (see CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, LATimes, NYTimes, WashingtonPost, ...) The result, most of the graduates of government schools are misinformed and uninformed and therefore easily led by the repetition of the lamestream press. Staying informed is the responsibility of the individual.

justus4
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justus4 01/23/10 - 06:59 am
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The all-white media is
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The all-white media is totally biased in reporting everything and have no credibility in certain circles. They are pointing fingers at each other with not a minority in sight, but they are supposed to have First Amendment rights. If thats the case, African-Americans are not representated ANYWHERE, which questioned if this is constitutional. If ALL citizens can't be equally represented, then U got the makings of a lynch mob because continued lies eventually become the truth. (in their minds) It has gotten bad and will get worse until Congress will have to act to enforce some kind of fairness. The same people, who ALL look alike, saying the eaxct same thing, all day - all night and the chanting becomes fact. The proof is the ignorance of the uninformed masses and oh, the Baggers are just non-minorities citizens acting out like children do... just like ol' Moose who wants to start an all-white basketball league because his talents are poor and skills inferior, but his mind tells him, "I should be important 'cause I'm U know what" but reality is constant. NO minorities are Baggers, so here's the question: How can Baggers avoid being labeled racists when rallies look like lynch mobs?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/23/10 - 07:00 am
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GGpap, your 5:40 is a

GGpap, your 5:40 is a parroting of the lamestream press. So, what's new?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/23/10 - 07:07 am
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We tried to tell the media

We tried to tell the media that the Democrats couldn't run the country. Now, the media is like a drunk who wore the lampshade on his head at the party the night before. They are shaking and remorseful. They are swearing never again, while saying they really didn't mean it. Chris Matthews had more spittle than usual leaking out of his mouth, down on his chin, as he screamed at Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson last night. It's like he has to take his anger out on someone. It's embarrassing to view their behavior these days as they come to realize how much the drunk sots they have become. Last night CBS went back to showing Michelle Obama in her White House vegetable garden. I like Barrack personally and was wishing him well, but it's awkward that's the only thing the administration has newsworthy. The trio of Obama, Reid, Pelosi playing in the Democratic scherzo are simply in over their heads. The orchestra keeps their heads down when the trio plays now.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 01/23/10 - 07:14 am
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justus is a radical muslim

justus is a radical muslim and a believer in the Cloward-Piven stategy

disssman
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disssman 01/23/10 - 07:42 am
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Strange that the A.C. didn't

Strange that the A.C. didn't have a large story about the CONServative apointees of the Supreme Court changing the constitution by giving Corporations free rein to spend unlimited funds to elect representatives. That is the story of the century. I always thought it said "We the people....." and not "We the people and corporations..... ". And JohnsonC I think your Lemming brothers got your message. BTW does this mean all the CONS are going to make a dash to Tattoo parlors for tea bag Tattoos?

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/23/10 - 07:47 am
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dissman - Oh man, please

dissman - Oh man, please share how overturning a provision of the McCain-Feingold Act "changed the Constitution". I've got to hear this!

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/23/10 - 08:04 am
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RM1, Jimmy Carter was a nice

RM1, Jimmy Carter was a nice guy too.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/23/10 - 08:18 am
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disssman, I know I post it a

disssman, I know I post it a lot, but it bears repeating. Government schools don't always teach you the truth. Your understanding of the constitution and how it applies to you is a good example. Really, a little study will go a long way toward relieving your apparent confusion. While you're on line, google TEA Party and see if you haven't been parroting some bad information.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/23/10 - 08:22 am
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scherzo, RM1? I haven't even

scherzo, RM1? I haven't even heard that word since high school music. Great line.

workedforit
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workedforit 01/23/10 - 08:34 am
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I just am amazed at how long
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I just am amazed at how long Justnuts is able to keep posting despite his crack pipe habit!
The dims are bailing from the party like rats from a sinking ship, this horrible social experiment is coming to an end and will be remembered for decades.
If Odumba had stuck to what he promised, his presidency might have been considered a success.
Has anyone else noticed Pelosi appears to be in the early stages of dementia?
Can we hope the sheeple will wake up and not be led by the drivel that the network news media feeds them?

willienelson
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willienelson 01/23/10 - 08:47 am
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Do any of you truly believe

Do any of you truly believe that the Democrat party will ever be relevant again after the obama debacle?

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/23/10 - 08:50 am
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Keep this up every day and I

Keep this up every day and I think you'll need to change your name to willienelson234.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/23/10 - 08:50 am
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And there is JUSTUS with his
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And there is JUSTUS with his "all white media" charge. You're consistent Justus, I'll give you that. Hey, what do you think of the new "change" that's happening in elections now? Massachusetts just got it's first Republican senator in 58 years, despite Big O's campaigning against him. Now that's "change" I can believe in. As for David Gergen, my attitude is, David who?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/23/10 - 08:54 am
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The Tea Party isn't the

The Tea Party isn't the spontaneous ad hoc movement that the right wing media in this country pretends it is. See: "Stealthy effort helped GOP's unlikely Massachusetts win" By Maria Recio | McClatchy Newspapers | Fri 22 Jan 2010 - "The stunning Republican come-from-behind victory in Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election wasn't entirely a shock to Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The Texas Republican had led a stealth operation in the Bay State since December that quietly funneled top staffers, $1 million in cash and campaign knowhow to backstop Republican candidate Scott Brown."
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/82888.html

willienelson
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willienelson 01/23/10 - 08:59 am
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Good morning, Marsh. Jack & I

Good morning, Marsh. Jack & I are brothers. lol. Are you suggesting there is a difference in persistent and annoying?

willienelson
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willienelson 01/23/10 - 08:59 am
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Toot

Toot

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/23/10 - 09:07 am
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HELLO! HELLO! No hate in

HELLO! HELLO! No hate in me!!! Love the world and embrace all your brothers!!! It's not too late to hop on the train!!! toot w00t toot!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/23/10 - 09:13 am
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You forgot poot!

You forgot poot!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/23/10 - 09:15 am
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from the ap: cable news

from the ap:
cable news race
tues. jan. 19, 2010
election night

foxnews hannity 6,809,000
foxnews greta 6,399,000
foxnews o'reilly 5,228,000
foxnews beck 3,446,000
foxnews baier 3,338,000
foxnews shep 3,241,000
cnn king 1,681,000
cnn cooper 1,508,000
cnn brown 1,308,000
msnbc olbermann 1,274,000
msnbc maddow 1,236,000
cnn blitzer 1,135,000
cnnhn behar 845,000
msnbc hardball 798,000

Irish
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Irish 01/23/10 - 09:18 am
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latest polls show "huckabee'

latest polls show "huckabee' defeating o'bama . how much you wanna bet he throws ole joe off the ticket !

willienelson
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willienelson 01/23/10 - 09:22 am
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CBBP, actually I didn't. Just

CBBP, actually I didn't. Just downloaded that off line, lol

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/23/10 - 09:23 am
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According to Rasumssen, Obama

According to Rasumssen, Obama achieved another historical record today! His approval index is now -19!!

willienelson
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willienelson 01/23/10 - 09:25 am
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Marsh, that was in the blue

Marsh, that was in the blue states only

Irish
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Irish 01/23/10 - 09:30 am
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Is it just me or is there

Is it just me or is there silence coming from RCR, justus, Ispy, plumprose, gaseous, rhectal and the rest of the microscopic crowd (thats and oxymoron by the way ) .

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