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Will MSM ever cover protests that do not fit prevailing notion of what a protest should be?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 11:40 pm - March 21, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias,Tea Party

It does seem they’re ever eager to cover protests of a left-wing bent, even if they draw crowds barely breaking into the double digits. I mean, heck those protests draw more media than protestors.

Need we say anything more about their failure to cover the “tea party” protests.  Heck, at the LA Tea Party I attended, held during the workday at a spot far from centrally located and not well-publicized, we had more people than the combined number of reporters and protesters at the anti-AIG “Richhunt.”

UPDATE:  Seems that the “real energy” is in the “tea party” protests:

Today two events occurred roughly ten miles apart in suburban Connecticut outlining where people stand in their outrage over America becoming Bailout Nation.

I’m sure the MSM won’t report this, but the far bigger demonstration was of fiscal conservatives , not anti-business radicals.

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  1. One wonders why hate is more popular to cover. I used to have higher faith in Americans until last November.

    The fact that so many have been duped into giving a crap about a measley hundred million or so while they’re being anally raped for trillions just makes lowers my faith even more.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 22, 2009 @ 4:17 am - March 22, 2009

  2. The MSM is nothing but the PR wing of the Obamacrat Party. They cover the AIG protests because they know the faux outrage over the bonuses is a distraction to keep people from looking at the real costs of their party’s radical, far-left agenda. They ignore the tea parties because the tea parties are focused on the real cost of that agenda.

    Comment by V the K — March 22, 2009 @ 7:25 am - March 22, 2009

  3. #2 V, my sentiments exactly.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 22, 2009 @ 10:19 am - March 22, 2009

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  5. Well, when do we get to declare a conspiracy to take over the United States? We all know (or guess) that the radicals maneuvering for power are all boomers. They failed, regrouped, and then attacked once more.

    Fact: They took over the liberal arts departments at all the major and minor universities. In those departments, no one pays any attention at all to scholarly achievement: it’s all political. Witness Angela Davis at UCSC! and Bettina!!

    Fact: They took over the MSM, which has (for years) been nothing more than “Pravda for Americans.”

    Fact: They vilified and demonized anyone who stood in their way. And, last year, the academics (and their stooges), together with the MSM, managed to bring about the election of a Socialist President.

    Now, “real Americans” are protesting in the streets, and the MSM will not even cover that news.

    My fellow Americans, do something, or get ready for the jackboot on your face.

    Comment by jaafar — March 22, 2009 @ 1:43 pm - March 22, 2009

  6. TAKE AWAY THEIR MEGAPHONE. Cancel your print and cable media services until the 2010 election is over.

    TEA PARTY CROWD – Protest local news outlets at the same time you protest at the Statehouse. Send photos to bloggers showing WE WERE MAKING NEWS, BUT WERE IGNORED. Another reason to cancel cable.

    A local news van from accross the street at our March Statehouse protest only stopped for a red light before moving on and ignoring us.

    WE WON’T LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN ON 4/15!

    Comment by vigilant — March 22, 2009 @ 1:53 pm - March 22, 2009

  7. Y’all ought to tune in to Fox News. They cover it widely.

    Comment by Stephen — March 22, 2009 @ 1:54 pm - March 22, 2009

  8. What to expect from the media.
    Here in San Francisco, the media barely reports at all on the 10,000++ who participate in the Walk for Life each January, yet if four or five anti-fur protesters show up at Macys it gets top coverage.

    Comment by dpt — March 22, 2009 @ 3:32 pm - March 22, 2009

  9. Anyone looked at the numbers of Tea Party protesters versus the anti-Iraq war protesters? Seems like the numbers are higher for the Tea Partyers…

    Comment by TM — March 22, 2009 @ 5:02 pm - March 22, 2009

  10. The Tea Party protests aren’t covered because the JournoList cabal have agreed not to report it.

    Comment by Andrea — March 22, 2009 @ 5:05 pm - March 22, 2009

  11. When something has repeatedly been shown not to work, the sane, intelligent response is to do things differently. When there are strong indications that those in power are not worried about something – such as due to the lack of MSM hit pieces – the sane, intelligent response is to realize that something else must be done.

    In other words, please keep holding your “tea parties”.

    Comment by 24AheadDotCom — March 22, 2009 @ 5:07 pm - March 22, 2009

  12. Perhaps if the protests were staged in front of the local TV stations and newspapers it would be covered. If not then you would have your proof. Video the demonstrations and if the local TV stations do not carry the demonstrations then a complaint to the FCC regarding their license will be most interesting to the station’s owners.

    Comment by cubanbob — March 22, 2009 @ 5:13 pm - March 22, 2009

  13. I’m sure most of the politicans in Congress are keenly aware that all politics is local.

    Comment by Richard of Oregon — March 22, 2009 @ 5:37 pm - March 22, 2009

  14. Hey, we’re just bitter, gun-clinging, Bible-thumping rednecks out here, having these ridiculous “tea parties”. Why would any coastal-dwelling, educated-in-the-right-schools, moving-in-the-right-circles elites care about what we unwashed masses in flyover country are doing?

    Comment by RebeccaH — March 22, 2009 @ 8:34 pm - March 22, 2009

  15. I will say that the Orlando Sentinel covered the 4,000 who showed up there. It even made it to Drudge.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 22, 2009 @ 9:22 pm - March 22, 2009

  16. I am straight, and VERY (fiscally) conservative. I have many gay friends (so I am socially progressive?) I believe in Reaganomics AND gay rights…I am proud we have a Black president (did I mention I love black people…), but embarassed that Obama has no clue and no foreign policy experience, and has already insulted numerous friends and enemies….Prepare for another attack on American soil.. Obama’s olive branch to Iran, tho he meant well, is seen as a sign of weakness… Get ready for round 2…

    Comment by Caroline — March 22, 2009 @ 10:19 pm - March 22, 2009

  17. Even the local news here in Orlando did not cover our 6,000+ attendee Tea Party Saturday. I could not find any mention of it in our Sunday Orlando Sentinel at all!

    Comment by GabrielC — March 22, 2009 @ 10:21 pm - March 22, 2009

  18. #14 Rebecca,

    This coastal dwelling, ivy league educated gay man living outside SF went to the gun range this morning for a fun shoot sponsored by SF Pink Pistols and the NRA. Turnout was huge, hundreds came to shoot, share and compare weapons. Don’t give up hope on some of us coast dwellers. We’re as unwashed as you, and loving it.

    Comment by John in Dublin, CA — March 23, 2009 @ 12:01 am - March 23, 2009

  19. The media ignored the 2 million people who protested abortion on a cold February day back a couple of years ago and covered 65 people protesting the 1 year anniversary of the Iraq war.

    Just like the sniper in the movie “The Jerk” who hated oil cans the media hates protests with a lot of protesters.

    So if the people organizing these protests set a limit on the number of people showing up the media will start to take notice. Sure they’ll say, “Hey, look everybody at how small these protests are that are protesting the democrats’ “stimulus spending””(the quotes around “stimulus spending” are my quote marks not the medias).

    Comment by zefal — March 23, 2009 @ 12:26 am - March 23, 2009

  20. Don’t forget that one of the best benefits from these things is the networking and discovery of like-minded community.

    Very important to create a solid front…

    Media is a bonus in my book.

    Comment by Evil Monk — March 23, 2009 @ 4:54 am - March 23, 2009

  21. Firedoglake has a point. I see a bunch of people whining about the media not showing up to your party.

    I see a buch of people complaining that the media is swerving to the left so much it’s name should be Ilean.

    This isn’t news. You all knew this coming in. There’s no shock to me that the news van drove on by without so much as a courtesy honk.
    They are commies. That’s what they do. My local paper is still trying to drum up outrage over the state constitutional amendment ban on gay marriage when those same voters in California sent every one of the propositions affirming Al Gore’s global warming to defeat by super majorities. You would think that would be a bit more newsworthy, but it never raised a holler in the Times or the Chron.

    You want media coverage of your righteous indignation ?Throw your tea party in front of the local network affilliate studio. Have your protest in front of the LATimes gate. Make the newshounds step around you on the way to Starbucks.
    Yell at the copy desk window. Brew up some tea and deliver it to the on air personality durin the newscast.

    You’ll get your headline then. You’ll get the congresscritters attention too.

    Comment by James — March 23, 2009 @ 7:38 am - March 23, 2009

  22. #19 – And people think the DNC MSM isn’t biased? Please.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 23, 2009 @ 11:50 am - March 23, 2009

  23. Tea parties, schmea parties. What are we going to do? Not pay our taxes? Go to jail as a protest, only to give media coverage of what happens to someone who rebels?

    I like that people are motivated to do something, but something isn’t going to stop a power-hungry elite. They’re laughing up their sleeves.

    Comment by Ignatius — March 23, 2009 @ 2:49 pm - March 23, 2009

  24. One of the better ways to protest the govenment and not get in trouble…..
    increase your deductions on your tax withholding.
    And Barter as much as possible with trades to eliminate paying taxes on the transaction. The trades walk away with more cash, tax free. And you generally get a cheaper bid to start with. In 12 months, watch the govenment start to squeel from lost revenues. At some point you gotta starve the government to keep your freedom.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 23, 2009 @ 8:38 pm - March 23, 2009

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  26. Covering hate is what people like to see.

    Comment by Jeff Collins — March 25, 2009 @ 6:17 pm - March 25, 2009

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