Of late, I’ve been impressed that the opinion pieces AOL has linked on furnished on its main page come from sensible folk on both sides of the political aisle, but yesterday, they linked a piece by a writer from the left-wing publication, The Nation, which offered the standard, dishonest narrative about the Tea Party movement. This wasn’t an opinion piece based on the movement, but yet another opinion piece based on the movement as defined by its extremes.
Telling us just exactly Why Tea Partiers Can’t Shake the Racism Label, Paul Wachter dredges up a few examples of obscure tea party activists who said some rather hateful things. Now, by the Wachter standard, the Democratic Party is sure having a tough time proving that its rank-and-file don’t believe Barack Obama is the Messiah or that the president’s supporters don’t believe opponents of Obamacare are domestic terrorists.
Not just that, this left-winger, while bashing Tea Parties, presumes to tell us just exactly what our problem is, “What might help the tea party avoid accusations of racism would be if it were more forthcoming about what exactly it stands for.”
Um, Paul, we’re against Obama’s big expansion of the federal government and for freedom. Other reporters who took the time to talk to Tea Party activists figured it out. He might have also figured it out had he done the some instead of writing about the angry right-wingers who live inside his head.
Wow, this guy is just plain filled with bile. Expect to see more such screeds on so-called mainstream news outlets in the coming days.
To the credit of AOL, while they did publish this silly screed, they posted it together with a report of the attempts to crash the Tea Party: “Opponents of the Tea Party movement are planning to crash the group’s rallies this week as a way to portray the conservative activists as out of touch with ordinary Americans.”
Christopher Weber who wrote the piece did some reporting; Wachter did a lot of projecting.