This podcast will make your blood boil and encourage you at the same time. Richard Noyes of the Media Research Center talks about their analysis of media coverage of the Tea Party. In the second half, Van Irion talks about his Congressional race and the Class Action suit to consider Health Care Reform unconstitutional. Interesting discussion of Federalism, too.
Some highlights from the research:
After reviewing every mention of the Tea Party on ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening newscasts and Sunday talk shows, the MRC found the below alarming trends, statistics and comparisons with other political protests. Highlights:
§ ABC, CBS and NBC aired a mere 61 stories or segments about the Tea party over a 12-month period despite the movement’s demonstrated political force
§ Another 141 items included brief references to the movement
§ Networks virtually refused to recognize the Tea Party in 2009 (just 19 stories) with coverage increasing only after Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts
No Comparison to Liberal Protests
§ The Nation of Islam’s “Million Man March” in 1995 was featured in 21 evening news stories on just the night of the march – more than the Tea Party received in all of 2009
§ The anti-gun “Million Mom March” in 2000 was preceded by 41 broadcast network reports heralding its message with a dozen positive pre-march interviews w/ organizers and participants
§ This promo favor was never granted to the Tea Party
Smeared as Extreme Racists
§ After the Sept. 12, 2009 rallies, networks suggested the Tea Party was an extreme or racist movement (see report for examples)
§ 44% of network stories (27 out of 61) suggested the movement reflected a fringe or dangerous quality (see report for examples)
§ Network reporters strained to protect left-wing causes (such as the anti-war movement) from the outrageous acts of individual protesters, but no such effort was made for the Tea Party
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