Last week, I think it was — or maybe it was the week before, I caught on Anderson Cooper that helps explains the GOP’s image problem.
That CNN anchor was talking about Todd Akin (does seem our friends in the legacy media devote more time to that failed Senate candidate’s crazy statement on rape than they do to the failure of elected Democratic Senators to pass a budget) and wondering what his defeat meant for the Tea Party, given the support, Cooper claimed, of that dynamic, grassroots movement for the Missouri social conservative.
Fortunately, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was on Cooper’s panel and quickly corrected him; Akin was not the Tea Party candidate, in fact, he won the GOP primary earlier this year because he was competing against two candidates who hailed from that wing of the party.
Three points/questions about this exchange stand out:
- Anderson Cooper’s prejudices; he should have known better; had he bothered to researcht the 2012 Missouri GOP Senate primary, he would have quickly learned that Akin was definitely not a Tea Party candidate. The supposedly even-handd “news” anchor just assumed that because Akin had some extreme views, he must be Tea Party, that is, he appears to see the Tea Party as an extremist outfit. And Cooper seems unaware that the Tea Party lacks a social issue focus (as Mr. Akin has).
- Cooper’s ignorance about the Tea Party seems to help foster popular misrepresentation of the movement.
- If Fleischer had not been there to correct Cooper, his misrepresentation would have gone unchallenged. How many other similar media misrepresentations go unchallenged?
Just something to consider.