Study: Networks snub, malign ‘tea party’

By Joseph Curl

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.

As a nation-spanning “Tea Party Express” caravan plans to pull into Washington for a “tax day” rally on Thursday, a Rasmussen poll finds that the number of people who say they’re part of the tea party movement nationally has grown to 24 percent, up from 16 percent a month ago.

“The rise in tea party support is perhaps not surprising at a time when more voters than ever (58 percent) favor repeal of the national health care plan just passed by Democrats in Congress and signed into law by President Obama,” the pollster wrote.

The Media Research Center, a watchdog organization founded by conservative L. Brent Bozell III, compiled reams of statistics to support its findings about TV network coverage, among them:

• ABC, CBS and NBC aired 61 stories or segments on the anti-spending movement over a 12-month period, and most of that coverage is recent. “The networks virtually refused to recognize the tea party in 2009 (19 stories), with the level of coverage increasing only after Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts” in January, the report said, referring to the Republican’s win of the Senate seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy.

• Overall, 44 percent of the networks’ reports on the tea party suggested the movement reflected a fringe movement or a dangerous quality. “Signs and images at last weekend’s big tea party march in Washington and at other recent events have featured racial and other violent themes,” NBC anchorman Brian Williams said in a September report.

• Coverage of the movement pales in comparison with coverage of “protests serving liberal objectives,” the report said. For instance, the Nation of Islam’s “Million Man March” in 1995 garnered 21 evening news stories on the day of the march — more than the tea party demonstrations received in all of 2009.

No one from any of the three networks returned phone messages or e-mails seeking comment.

Thousands of tea party protesters are expected to turn out Thursday for a “People’s Tax Revolt” rally in Washington’s Freedom Plaza, a block from the White House. Mr. Obama plans to be out of town that day, traveling to Florida for an event on the future of the U.S. space program.

Tea-party mania: Taxpayers to storm White House Citizens take fight for America directly to Obama ‘residence’

By Chelsea Schilling

Thousands of taxpayers from across the nation are planning to descend on the White House Thursday, and a million more are expected to take their fight against excessive spending, growth of big government and soaring deficits to more than 700 rallies in U.S. cities this week.

Tea Party Patriots estimates that there are currently 737 Tax Day tea party events scheduled by local organizations across the nation. The group offers a list of many of the events for those interested in attending and a zip code search feature to find local rallies. Also, FreedomWorks, leading organizer of the Washington rally, has a separate list of nearly 200 events scheduled for April 15.

“This April 15 will be the largest network of events across the country that I believe we’ve seen in a long time,” FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a recent conference call. “We expect millions of people to show up across the country protesting a government that is out of control, a government that does not listen to the American people. We want to take our country back.”

Sept. 12, 2009, taxpayer march on Washington (photo by Barbara Auchter)

Meanwhile, FreedomWorks is asking for last-minute donations to fund a live stream broadcast of the event and purchase portable restrooms, security barriers and signs for a massive tea party at the White House Ellipse from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tea Party TV also plans to provide streaming coverage of the Tax Day tea parties and is inviting citizens to submit their own videos and photos of the events.

Speakers at the Washington rally include Lord Monckton, Andrew Breitbart, former Rep. Dick Armey, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Tucker Carlson, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Rev. C.L. Bryant. Kibbe said they will talk about the major economic issues of the day, including strategies to combat the Democrats’ recently passed health-care legislation, energy taxation and a 50-state strategy to take America back.

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Tea party ‘crazies’ or crashers?

As WND reported, an organization calling itself “Crash the Tea Party” claims it will send operatives to infiltrate various Tax Day tea parties and make the movement appear to be a group of racist and homophobic “morons.”

“Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways that will exaggerate their least appealing qualities (i.e. misspelled protest signs, wild claims on TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them,” the website states. “We will also use inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans.”

However, the website’s comments section appears to have been overrun by critics of the “Crash the Tea Party” scheme. Likewise, while the Tax Day Tea Party Facebook page has nearly 70,000 members, a Facebook page set up for “Crash the Tea Party” features a paltry 256 supporters.

Another group of tea-partiers formed a “Crashing ‘Crash the Tea Party'” page with more than 1,100 supporters.

“There has been almost zero planning and coordination for the effort by the left,” it reports. “Instead, there has been endless flames, sniping and debating. The website has been flooded by conservatives to the point that it crashes on a regular basis.”

“Crash the Tea Party” organizers have taken to Twitter, imploring left-leaning media outlets and personalities such as Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and National Public Radio to cover their efforts.

The tea-party movement has seen several unsuccessful efforts to sabotage its efforts. WND reported in March when “National Coffee Party Day,” a countrywide launch of a leftwing movement meant as an answer to the tea parties, welcomed miniscule crowds – even after receiving news-media buildup from CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Seattle Times and dozens of other outlets.

WND was also first to report in February when Democrat operatives – using a suite address for Joseph Sandler, general counsel to the Democratic National Committee and a lead attorney in the Obama eligibility case – launched a major ad campaign to “prevent the tea party’s dangerous ideas from gaining legislative traction.” And exactly one year ago, WND reported when ACORN was planning pro-Obama rallies during the 2009 Tax Day tea party.

So far, none of the efforts to disrupt the movement appear to have been successful. However, Pajamas Media is asking tea partiers to work together and “beat them at their own game.”

“If you see anyone with an offensive sign, take a picture of it and forward it to us at Pajamas Media,” a post on the organization’s website urges. “[W]e’ll publish it, along with an explicit statement that this doesn’t reflect the real tea party spirit. Try to get the person’s face, so they can be properly shamed.”

Virtual march on the White House

For those Americans who can’t make it to Washington to show their support on Tax Day, the Online Tax Revolt, a citizens’ virtual march on the nation’s capital, will be available. So far, more than 260,000 people have signed up for the effort.

Screenshot of avatars “marching” to Washington, D.C.

Those who wish to join the march may log on to, choose an “avatar” – an animated, online representation of a real person – and start its march to the nation’s capital. Organizers explain that participants can march individually or in teams and boast the site is equipped with Google Maps, which enables participants to track the location their avatars and follow their progress to Washington.

Kibbe said he believes millions of citizens will participate in Tax Day rallies across the nation. Aside from the Washington protest, some of the largest events are expected to take place in cities such as Tampa, Fla.; New York City, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Sacramento, Calif.; Lansing, Mich.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Cleveland, Ohio.

“I believe, nationally, we’re going to have twice as many people as we had last year,” Kibbe said.

Where will the president be while Americans march?

Obama will be at singer Gloria Estefan’s Miami Beach mansion for a $30,400-a-couple cocktail reception fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee following a visit to the Kennedy Exploration Center earlier in the day.

Photo Released: GOP Official and Boyfriend Beaten

by Jim Hoft

Jack A. Neal posted this photo and comment on Bobby Jindal’s Facebook page tonight: Hi folks. I was in New Orleans this past Friday night. I was dining within a half block of where the incident involving Allee Butsch happened. I joined this group so that I might share the info, as well as a photo I took. More to come…
Via The Hayride.

Allee Butsch suffered a broken leg from the beatdown outside to the SRLC dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. She had her leg operated on over the weekend and it will take her months to recover. Her boyfriend Joe Brown suffered a broken nose, a broken jaw, and a concussion. They were attacked after leaving the Southern Republican Leadership Conference dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant.

Police are looking for a Caucasian male who appeared to be dirty, in his 20’s, 6′1″ tall, thin build with a thin face. He had a beard and auburn color hair in a pony tail. He was wearing a light color T shirt and dark color pants. Up to 5 men beat the couple after they left the GOP event on Friday night.

Tea Party Holds Tax Day Rallies

by Christopher Guzman

Tea Party activists on Thursday will congregate in cities across America, using Tax Day to protest the Obama Administration’s healthcare legislation, higher taxes, and skyrocketing government spending.

While events are scheduled in cites across the country, the focal point will be in Washington, D.C., where a daylong series of rallies will feature leading Republican officials and conservative activists.

“The American people know this administration and this Democratic Congress tax too much, borrow too much, and spend too much,” Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) said Wednesday at an Americans for Tax Reform press conference.

“As we anticipate the gathering of millions of Americans, from here in our nation’s capital to the state house in Indianapolis, to gatherings all across the United States of America, my message is simply this: We can do better,” Pence said. “This country can produce leadership on the national level that will put our fiscal house in order and that will recognize that we have a spending problem, not a taxing problem.”

Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, said the Tea Partiers were ordinary citizens fed up with Washington’s out-of-control spending.

“We’re sitting at home being hit by this rough economy, we’re having to cut our budgets, clip coupons, find creative ways to save our money. We’re ordinary citizens,” said Martin. “And we understand that to achieve fiscal security, it requires fiscal responsibility. You have to sit down and you have to make the tough decisions.… And that’s what Tea Party Patriots is asking Congress to do.”

Several conservatives warned that Obama’s massive spending programs will require more taxes from the American people and predicted that Democrats would be seeking a European-style value-added tax to add more revenue to the government’s coffers.

“Our friend Mr. Obama was elected with his most frequently made promise, that he reiterated several times, that he would not raise taxes on most Americans—as a matter of fact he’d only raise them on a handful,” said Grover Norquist, who heads Americas for Tax Reform. “He has broken that pledge seven times in the healthcare bill, out of 19 total tax increases, and they’re preparing to do it in a massive way with the Value Added Tax.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) said “the only way liberals can support European levels of spending is with European levels of taxation.”

The first Washington Tax Day rally will take place Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from the White House, and will feature conservative speakers including Norquist, former Rep. Dick Armey (R.-Tex.), radio talk show host Neal Boortz, and Ken Hoagland, campaign chairman of the Online Tax Revolt.

Several conservative groups are participating, including Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, Freedom Works, Online Tax Revolt and Eagle Forum.

Organizers of the event are utilizing new media tools for those who cannot attend, streaming it live at (

A second rally in the Nation’s Capital will be held in the evening at the Washington Monument, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Armey, Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Tex.), Rep. Tom Price (R.-Ga.), Andrew Breitbart, Tucker Carlson, and Lord Monckton are some of the prominent conservative voices slated to address the evening rally.

“I think we’re going to demonstrate that people still care about what their government is doing, said Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of Freedom Works, one of the organizers of the events. “You have grassroots organizations in every congressional district across the country and these folks are already organized.”

Christopher A. Guzman is a Human Events intern through the National Journalism Center. He majored in Political Studies with an emphasis in American Politics from The Master�s College.

Contract From America

The Contract from America

We, the citizens of the United States of America, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items and advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.
Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.
Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.
Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.
1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)
2. Reject Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)
3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)
4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)
5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)
6. End Runaway Government Spending

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)
7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)
8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)
9. Stop the Pork

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)
10. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

Tea Party 2.0

Posted by Erick Erickson

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer admits the tea party movement is getting members of Congress to thing about retiring.

Most excellent.

And that is what the movement should be about, more or less, but there is much more too. And judging by the reaction from yesterday, a lot of people got the point I was making, but a vocal minority not only did not get it, but were highly offended and thought I was attacking them.

Of course I was not attacking them. I would have to be attacking myself. I have said repeatedly that I consider myself part of the tea party movement. But their reaction and that of others suggests to me too many have become so fixated on being a part of this thing called the tea party movement that there is a reluctance to move forward into something else.

A friend suggested I should have referred to it as Tea Party 2.0, which actually gets to the gist of what I am talking about, but I am more and more convinced we must leave behind the moniker of the tea party.

Let me see if I can break this down again without causing more wailing and gnashing of teeth.
The Good

The tea party movement has gotten a lot of people off the sidelines and into the political arena. The reason the tea party movement is so shocking to so many is because you never see those types of people protesting. Tea party activists are worried about making ends meet, taking care of their families, and doing their jobs. They are not typical protestors. When they take to the street people notice.

Look at what Hoyer said.

The tea party movement also brought together a lot of likeminded citizens who thought they were alone in the world. They realized that not only were they not alone, but there were millions of others just as concerned.

Both Democrats and Republicans have become fearful. In fact, I know that just the other day a group of Congressional Republicans were sitting around a table ridiculing “teabaggers.” And some of these are Republicans that the tea party movement has embraced as their own.

They hate us because of our success.
The Bad

With the success of the tea party movement came the charlatans who could turn a silver phrase and dazzle the masses. And the money changers came in too. Read, if you will, this article this morning.

This happens in every successful group, but many of us have found it off-putting. My rule of thumb has been and remains to work with local tea party activists, not the national groups. That’s not to ding the national groups, but I find it more productive to work with local groups. And that won’t change.

There is, however, something more troublesome that I am seeing more and more of after yesterday’s post. A lot of people in the tea party movement have gotten a bunker mentality. My suggestion to move beyond the tea party movement was seen as an attack on it. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I’ve been derided as selling out for CNN, using my post to promote “competitors,” etc. There will always be crackpots convinced of something that is not so, but those people are not the majority of the tea party activists. But it gets me back to my overarching point.

In fact, already this morning I’m getting emails related to this article that this is just another media attack against the tea party movement. No it isn’t. And I think some in the movement need greater discernment.

The issues and advocacy within the tea party movement are issues that resonate with the majority of Americans. By continuing to be a “tea party protestor” I and others willingly pull ourselves out of the class of people known as “Americans” and become just one of those “tea party guys.”

Couple that with all these national groups that want to keep us as tea party guys and it becomes increasingly harder to reach the next step — to get to Tea Party 2.0.

I would submit that the people who want to get involved have gotten involved. And now to keep them involved, we need to move on lest they get bored. There is only so much protesting we can do.

And (and I realize this wasn’t clear enough originally) this requires the existence of local tea party groups. It just requires them to step up their game and be willing to let go.
What Tea Party 2.0 Looks Like

First of all, I think tea party 2.0 requires we stop calling ourselves tea party activists. We are citizens, taxpayers, voters, and Americans. Saying we are part of some designated group makes it too easy for malicious souls to dismiss us. We are Americans dammit!

I have cringed in the past 24 hours when I have seen people say I was attacking the tea party movement. That’s just it! The attacks sustained by us within the tea party movement by the media and the left have been attacks against our country’s ideals. They aren’t tea party attacks. They are attacks on the America as we know it. And I’m not the one attacking.

Throwing the tea party movement under the bus would be me throwing myself under the bus.

But for a while now I’ve thought that there has to be something more. The national groups doing tea party organization have been nibbling at the edges, but I don’t think are doing enough — putting a little tabasco into the existing sauce really isn’t changing it up to have a greater impact. If anything, the tea party movement appears to be pulling itself out of the existing political process trying to reinvent the wheel. We should be pushing ourselves into the process.

My personal and internal private motto on Redstate lately is “blow s**t up.” It is the existing paradigms that need to go. That is one reason I am insistent on supporting outsiders as candidates these days. But to change the paradigms, to metaphorically blow them up, we must get involved in the existing processes of politics and government, not create something new to compete. The deck is stacked against us from the outside.

That is why I am supportive of things like American Majority’s Post Party Summits and the Defending the Dream Summit and Right Online among others including but not limited to Freedom Works and Smart Girl Politics. I have no affiliation with these groups, but I gladly give up my time, vacation, and family time to go to these events and speak in groups, one on one, and in workshops about greater activism, commitment, and education.

I have to laugh at the accusation that I’m out to undermine the tea party movement because of my affiliation with American Majority. American Majority just happens to be doing exactly what I think needs to be done: training existing tea party activists to get them to the next level of political involvement.

Another reason I like these groups is because they are very clearly separate from the tea party movement, but involved as facilitators. They’ll help local groups, train local groups, and get them to where I think we need to go.
The Nutshell

So where do we need to go?

In a nutshell: back to the classroom then into our town halls, state legislatures, Congress, and online. Some are already doing that. Good. I encourage that.

But I go to tea party events all over the country and hear people say “Get involved,” only to have actual tea party activists go home, email me, and ask the “how” that the person on stage never bothered to get to.

We must move beyond the protests and get to the fight. We are effective now. We should not settle. How much more effective can we be? I submit we can be more effective by throwing off the tea party label that has become, way too often, a clique, and embracing this as a very American cause — the first amendment right to protest, petition, and speak up.

This post is already too long, so let me get to bullet points:

* Learn how to be a better online activist.
* Start paying attention to your local government.
* Learn how to run for office and be a campaign strategist, whether or not you want to run or want to be a strategist. You will find the skills extremely useful.
* Write letters to the editor of your paper.
* Call in to local radio shows — not national, local.
* Find candidates you like and support them, blog about them, promote them and fund them.
* Stay connected to like minded souls in your community to know you are not alone — why I still like and support local tea party groups.
* Become active in the political party of your choice. Change it from the inside, not the outside.
* Learn to discern.
* Above all else: remember that when the left attacks the tea party activists, they are attacking the foundation of America. Stop responding as an aggrieved tea party activist and start asking what part of the American way of life they have a problem with.

All of the groups I mentioned above and others can help.

We have moved beyond the tea party movement. It served its role well and ably. It got people off the sidelines. But we need to move on. We need to become more involved in our local communities, politics, and above all else we must get into the existing political process.

You want to keep protesting, that’s fine by me. I support it. What I don’t support though is staying in the mindset that has developed. We must move on. The tea parties have served an honorable and good purpose. But we have to grow to Tea Party 2.0, which involves embracing the tea party legacy while moving beyond it.

The Salisbury Maryland 2010 American Tea Party

The Salisbury Maryland 2010 American Tea Party:

Date: Thursday April 15th
Time: 3PM until 7PM or Later..
Location: Steps of the GOB Building, Downtown Salisbury

The weather is supposed to be very nice tomorrow, much different than last years April 15th Tea Party. Bring as many people as you can as we are looking for over 1000 people to attend this year’s Tea Party. Also, we are asking as many people as possible to bring video cameras as we o not believe any MSM media will be there. We want to record the whole rally and place parts of it on you tube. God Bless the American patriots who are standing up for Freedom. Bring your family and friends, bring your chairs, your video cameras, and your opinions and voice!!!