Sunday, February 20, 2011

Whenever three or more Tea Partiers gather

I'm sure you've noticed that the major media pretty much ignored the workers' protest in Wisconsin for the first few days and as far as I know none of the major TV stations are doing 24/7 live feeds, or embedded with the protesters (yes, I'm looking at you CNN) as they did for so many anti-Obama protests for the last two years. So it's unsurprising to see that the minute the Koch Brothers assemble their own agitators, suddenly the NYT makes a small counterprotest A-1, above the fold, news. They're also careful to make what on the scene reports called a small turnout of TPs seem larger than they probably were though to be fair they did note the TPs were outnumbered. However, I see no mention that the Tea Party folded their little demo a couple of hours early or that the pro-worker protesters have been consistently estimated in the 60K-75K range as the week progressed.

On the other hand, one aspect of the major media coverage I'm happy to see is widespread reports about how peaceful this workers rights protest has been, even as it grows by the tens of thousands every day. Though there is a sign at the Capitol building saying no guns allowed inside, as far as I know, they didn't feel the need to put that up until rumors a "concealed carry" contingent among the Tea Party types was going to protest against the people on behalf of "big" government.

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