Why is it that the news media suddenly becomes fascinated with civil discourse when conservatives are protesting a liberal Administration? Just caught this story on Yahoo!’s front page under the headline, Heckler’s Outburst Reveals Dilemma: Rep. Randy Neugebauer’s stinging words during the health vote debate may say a lot about the GOP.
But the “Baby killer!” furor highlights a far more serious, long-term political dilemma for the Republicans: how to appear to be a respectable party capable of governing while also providing political shelter for the highly motivated, though vocally disruptive, protest wing of the party associated with the Tea Party movement. While many commentators are forecasting trouble ahead for Democrats identified with the health care bill, the GOP faces some major issues of its own.
Just look at the past weekend: Thousands of Tea Party protesters descended on Washington in an attempt to “kill the bill.” It was an impressive turnout for a quickly organized protest—but coverage of the event soon was dominated by reports that some demonstrators had hurled racial and homophobic epithets at Democratic lawmakers as they entered the Capitol.
Emphasis added. Wonder where Yahoo! News’ national affairs writer Brett Michael Dykes was during the Bush Era when the Number Two Senate Democrat compared U.S. troops to the Soviets, Nazis and Pol Pot. Or, more recently, when Barney Frank accused Republicans of having a “psychological disorder.” Or when left-wing protesters marched down streets in major cities, bearing posters comparing then-President George W. Bush to Hitler?
Did Dykes find it a political dilemma for Democrats to appear as a respectable party capable of governing while also providing political shelter for the highly motivated, though vocally disruptive, protest wing of the party associated with the anti-war movement? The problem, Mr. Dykes, isn’t the tea party movement, the problem is just how you identify it: coverage was dominated by wat you call reports, most of them unsubstantiated.
Clever use of the passive, Mr. Dykes. Makes it seems Tea Party Protesters were responsible for the coverage. Nope, it was your colleagues in the news media who chose to focus on such “reports.”
Yea, there are some nuts who say nasty and hateful things in the Tea Party movement, but they are fewer are farther between than such nuts were in the various anti-Bush movements of the early 2000s. It’s only the coverage of the events that makes the Tea Parties appear to be dominated by a hateful multitude. And it’s your colleagues, Mr. Dykes, focusing on the nuts in this movement and seeing this as its defining aspect that has made it appear so.
And interesting that Yahoo! features yet another piece tinged with anti-conservative bias on its home page. That’s one reason I keep Yahoo! as my home page on this browser–helps me get easy access to the left-wing perspective of the news of the day.
*Changed the original title as its meaning wasn’t clear. Sometimes, I do wish I had a “title writer.”