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WSJ: Strange New Respect A drastic shift in the media stereotype of the tea-party movement
Wall St. Journal ^ | 4/5/2010 | James Taranto

Posted on 04/05/2010 4:35:06 PM PDT by GVnana

There was a time, oh, a week or two ago, when the mainstream media portrayed the tea-party movement as an assortment of crazed angry extremist redneck racist idiots. What changed?

The headline we've given this column is a phrase coined by the conservative writer Tom Bethell to refer to the media's attitude toward conservatives who veer leftward. What we're about to describe is a bit different: more an epiphany on the media's part than a change in the object of coverage. It seems unlikely that the tea-partiers have suddenly become mainstream.

Yet that's what you'd think from reading some of the recent coverage. The Christian Science Monitor, which a month ago baselessly labeled Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell a "right-wing extremist," begins a Saturday story by rehearsing the stereotypes but then cautions that "political experts say that many such criticisms are near-sighted, if not outright inappropriate--and ultimately may miss the point":

Indeed, polls suggest that tea party activists are not only more mainstream than many critics suggest, but that a majority of them are women (primarily mothers), not angry white men.

What's more, the release this week of the top three planks of the "crowd-sourced" Contract From America project, to some activists, shows a maturation from sign-wielding protesters to a political reform movement grounded in ideas.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: angrymob; liberalmedia; teaparty
I think there are many reasons for this.

One, the gradual realization within the MSM that they could actually agree with some of the tea party positions.

Two, the fact that tea partiers behave themselves.

Three, the tea party made it plain for the world to see that Democrats in the house and senate are corrupt, belligerent asses.

And Andrew Breitbart will make the MSM eat their words.

But let's not get comfortable and forget about Trojan horses...

1 posted on 04/05/2010 4:35:06 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana

Oh yeah, never ever forget who the enemy of the people truly is, the msm and the snakes that feed them.


2 posted on 04/05/2010 4:37:50 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: GVnana

Look at the Pelosi timeline on the tea parties.

First she complained about the way we dress, they she cried because we were so dangerous, they she claimed to stand with us, then she walked through a crowd of us with that smug grin, now she’s afraid of us again. I give her another week before she decides that she’s one of us again.


3 posted on 04/05/2010 4:38:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

The Obama administration has the “Coffee Party.” Remember?


4 posted on 04/05/2010 4:39:38 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana

The reason is that that are losing viewership because it is they who are out of the mainstream.


5 posted on 04/05/2010 4:40:01 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your soul.)
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To: GVnana
Too late MSM and “progressives”...you have labeled us racists, homophobes, bigots, terrorists, extremists, haters, teabaggers (why you want to use a homophobic term to describe those you're accusing to be homophobes is beyond me) and all those labels are before you got nasty. We will REMEMBER in NOVEMBER.
6 posted on 04/05/2010 4:40:29 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Remember in November...vote the bums out)
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To: GVnana

But let’s not get comfortable and forget about Trojan horses.

Yes a timely warning...False Flag operations...be mindful.


7 posted on 04/05/2010 4:43:36 PM PDT by spankalib
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To: spankalib

Look out.

As Rush says, a tiger is a tiger, a snake is a snake, and the MSM is the MSM.


8 posted on 04/05/2010 4:50:28 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: GVnana

What changed? Obamacare passed. It is “safe” to be a little more honest for a while. They’ll tone down the rhetoric until the next election or major Obama initiative, then the propaganda machine goes back into full swing. (imo).


9 posted on 04/05/2010 4:55:01 PM PDT by Need4Truth (We can't afford the empire or the entitlements.)
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To: GVnana
But let's not get comfortable and forget about Trojan horses...

So true. If anybody starts throwing racial epithets from our crowd, it'll be one of them.
10 posted on 04/05/2010 4:56:19 PM PDT by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: GVnana

Strange new respect? When did that happen?

I just see them trotting out their standard leftist bilge of “racist, bigoted, homophobic”

It’s like the Kraken, it’s a monster that keeps from striking out at you for a brief time so it can get a better idea of where to strike next so it’s on target next time.


11 posted on 04/05/2010 4:56:23 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: I still care
Agree. They're up to something.

Likely they figured that "respecting" the movement might pacify and quiet them, muting their effectiveness.

In their minds "respecting" may equate to giving the Movement a giant Paxil...they think.

12 posted on 04/05/2010 5:00:31 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

What they are up to, imo, is they are going to start finding all kinds of “moderates” in the tea parties to interview.


13 posted on 04/05/2010 5:05:23 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: what's up

My wife and I are tea party supporters. We went to one and plan to go to the next in Tucson on 4/15. The media has, once again, made fools out of themselves. Polls show the folks consider tea party members more favorably than Obama. As a 67 yr old life long conservative who nearly had several strokes over the lies the media tells, it is great to see the folks recognize male bovine feces for what it is - bull(*&(*&.


14 posted on 04/05/2010 5:07:52 PM PDT by AZFolks (uet)
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To: what's up

What’s scaring them is only ~60% self-ID as Republicans.

That other 40 (27% Ind, 13% Rat) could easily turn on them in Nov.


15 posted on 04/05/2010 5:14:49 PM PDT by txhurl (The Ron Paul Crowd makes perfect senselessness.)
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To: GVnana

must be taking quite a circulation / listener / viewership hit :)


16 posted on 04/05/2010 5:17:37 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: AZFolks

Bingo! That and the surveys about the membership and not least that the charges of racism and homophobia and spitting have no evidentiary base and the MSM realizes it has been “had” in a profoundly embarrassing way by the Democrats.


17 posted on 04/05/2010 5:18:25 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: spankalib

Nevada’s “false flag” is the most obvious current effort but we have one in Florida, too.I suspect most or all of the “Tea Parties” registered as political parties in the several states are “false flag” outfits.


18 posted on 04/05/2010 5:41:48 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: GVnana

Personally, I vote for following the money.

The ratings or PMSNBC and Cnn are lower than whale shiite.


19 posted on 04/05/2010 5:45:33 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: arthurus

I just learned about a site for “Posers”. They are virtually everywhere.

http://www.meetup.com/Cape-Fear-Tea-Party-Patriots/messages/boards/thread/8848580/post/34892883/?hash=34892883#34892883


20 posted on 04/05/2010 5:47:04 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: spankalib

Good point. I suspect that the WH handed out new talking points about this. I saw Juan Williams today do a big about face on the Tea Party movement and found myself shouting at the TV.

False Flag operations, indeed.


21 posted on 04/05/2010 6:03:14 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: HonestConservative
POSER PATROL.

That's a good idea.

22 posted on 04/05/2010 6:05:07 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana

Remember Ross Perot.

They are making it attractive so more Republicans become independence and then split the vote in 1012. Their boy Barry Hussein wins like Klitoon did.


23 posted on 04/05/2010 6:11:18 PM PDT by TJC
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To: GVnana

ROFL...


24 posted on 04/05/2010 6:13:20 PM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: GVnana
"One, the gradual realization within the MSM that they could actually agree with some of the tea party positions.

Two, the fact that tea partiers behave themselves.

Three, the tea party made it plain for the world to see that Democrats in the house and senate are corrupt, belligerent asses."

Four, the MSM realizes that their time is limited, and if they continue to poke the tiger, the tiger will be coming after them as well.

25 posted on 04/05/2010 6:15:58 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: Brett66
Strange new respect? When did that happen?

I was wondering that myself.

I think it was just this morning I heard some congressman saying all that's left for us to do is to pull sheet over our heads and start lighting crosses on fire.

26 posted on 04/05/2010 6:20:28 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: TJC
I think there is a very real attempt on the part of this administration to pretend they have "adopted" some of the tea party's "better ideas" and use this to confuse voters.

The MSM, as their lackeys, go along.

27 posted on 04/05/2010 6:25:39 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Brett66

“Strange new respect? When did that happen?”

When the MSM found out that the TEA party demographic base matched exactly their subscriber base demographics. It’s all about money.


28 posted on 04/05/2010 6:25:50 PM PDT by texmexis best
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To: GVnana

They are just going to redefine the word like they did for “Evangelical”.

“Tea-party” will become another name for “Third Way.”

Return of the “Third Way”
http://balintvazsonyi.org/washtimes/wt102798.html


29 posted on 04/05/2010 6:26:28 PM PDT by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: texmexis best

“What? Our readers are tea-baggers?!?!?!”


30 posted on 04/05/2010 6:28:58 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: cripplecreek

” I give her another week before she decides that she’s one of us again. “

Maybe she’ll decide that we’re one of her.

Maybe we’ll all get giant gavels and hang out with her. Everywhere she goes. Silently. Thousands of us.

All dressed like the Grim Reaper, with the giant gavel props. I like it.

A lot.

Let’s do it.


31 posted on 04/05/2010 6:35:47 PM PDT by Humble Servant ( See y'all in the gulag.)
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To: Humble Servant
Maybe we’ll all get giant gavels and hang out with her. Everywhere she goes. Silently. Thousands of us.

LOL
32 posted on 04/05/2010 6:37:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: spankalib

” But let’s not get comfortable and forget about Trojan horses.”

But seriously, do they actually MAKE Trojans for horses? Because it’s a pretty frightening thought, not to mention downright silly.


33 posted on 04/05/2010 6:37:56 PM PDT by Humble Servant ( See y'all in the gulag.)
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To: what's up

I suspect they’re recalculating who to split off from who, to then isolate and ridicule.


34 posted on 04/05/2010 6:40:05 PM PDT by Humble Servant ( See y'all in the gulag.)
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To: GVnana

They got what they wanted, but understand they made us mad.

But see...they want MORE stuff:

Now they’ll buddy up to us, and throw us some shiny baubles, and that will go full steam right b4 the elections; that’s when they let us sit at the, “cool kid table”, and even say we play pretty good football.

After November, then they go back to taking our lunch money and giving us Atomic Wedgies.


35 posted on 04/05/2010 6:45:14 PM PDT by TokuMei
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To: GVnana

It’s simple, the media will begin to “legitimize” the Tea Party in hopes that they will run a third-party candidate against Obama two years from now.


36 posted on 04/05/2010 6:47:38 PM PDT by Magnatron
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To: GVnana
The Obama administration has the “Coffee Party.”
With the decoder ring it's actually the "Co-fee Party".
37 posted on 04/06/2010 1:09:02 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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