Tea Party Perspective


For further perspective, note that in another part of the sprawling Opryland complex this weekend a group of 500 women bloggers, many of them “mommy bloggers,” gathered for their sold-out convention. To my knowledge no national news media covered the event. 500 women bloggers vs 600 right wing nutjobs in white wigs and tri-corner hats. Which one gets the national news media’s attention?

The New York Times did an awesome job of buying the spin that this is just a mainstream group of folks. Clearly they did not listen to any of the keynote speeches, in which we heard homophobic rants about morality, anti-immigrant bigotry from Tom Tancredo, and birther conspiracy theories.

So thanks, New York Times. Way to mainstream the Obama hate.


So everyone says around 600 people showed up for Nasvhille’s Tea Party Convention, right?

For some perspective, the first Netroots Nation drew over twice that amount:

But even after acknowledging this relevant context, what we’re left with is an event with 600 participants and a grand total of zero current House members, senators, or governors. There were, by some estimates, 200 journalists on hand to cover this convention, creating a bizarre dynamic — one reporter for every three participants.

It’s all terribly odd. The first Netroots Nation gathering (the conference formally known as Yearly Kos) had 1,400 attendees. The Tea Party convention had less than half this total.

The media attention seems a little disproportionate to what, by all appearances, was an underwhelming get-together.

Indeed it does. But this is just another case where the “liberal media” lie is shown in all of its glory.

And let’s remember the national media’s coverage of the left’s anti-war protests was tepid, at best. It seems if a bunch of liberals get together, it’s not news. But some wacko anti-gay, anti-immigrant right wing nutballs gather for three days of hating on the President and 200 media representatives descend on the convention hall.


Atrios is right, the right wing rules their world.


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10 responses to “Tea Party Perspective

  1. >Well, shoot, if I'm smart I will figure out that's how to end the recession locally.Our auditorium at Joseph City High School holds about 800 people so it could accomodate the next tea party convention. Just think of the economic boost to the town. Our one-store-serves-all convenience mart might even have to stay open after nine to accomodate them all.Somebody besides Sarah Palin made some cash off these losers, maybe there's an opportunity there for an enterprising small community that wants to benefit from their largesse.I'm sure the business community in Nashville won't be all that excited about having them back next year, so there's an opening.

  2. >Since the phrase "Up To 2 Million" includes the number 600, it's clear that there were up to 2 million attendees!Me, I'm just glad the "convention" gave us a chance to see the Amazing Sarah Palin TelePalmerOn a more serious note, some Tea Party Patriots are as annoyed by their abuse by the corporatists at the convention, but just don't know what to do about it. See Operation Pitchfork. While we will never agree on everything, we might be smart to reach out and have a nice chat on things we have in common, e.g. a detestation of the export of jobs.

  3. >Re: the Palin Telepalmer.Via a comment at Balloon Juice: "Written on her elbow: "Not ass".

  4. >There were, by some estimates, 200 journalists on hand to cover this convention, creating a bizarre dynamic — one reporter for every three participantsI guess that's what they do when they can't get media credentials for the Super Bowl.ThresherK

  5. >Good job, Beale. My latest post refers back to you.You nailed it.

  6. >Elizabeth asked what was really written on her palm.I'm going:"I'm not with Stupid, I am Stupid."

  7. >Demo – Are you sure that's not what's written on your forehead?*figured I'd stoop to your level for a change, just to see how you react.

  8. >mikey:You are probably the biggest weasel I encounter on any blog. Sneaking back to put comments on a blog post when you think nobody else will be checking. Such a crybaby. Answer the "Gay v Gun rights" question when you have a minute, mikey. Or, not, you've managed to avoid it about a hundred or so times by now.

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