Thursday, October 14, 2010

Some Truth About the Tea Party

Media bias gets highlighted by the Washington Post? A sign of the apocalypse not doubt. Few signs at tea party rally expressed racially charged anti-Obama themes Or perhaps the WaPo isn't as horrible as I had believed.
A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.
Sure there are idiots in every crowd, but the Tea Party isn't the racist organization the MSNBC would have you believe it is.
Ekins's conclusion is not that the racially charged messages are unimportant but that media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more than it actually does.
In other words, the coverage has been biased.

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