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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-23-10 07:24 AM
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Teabaggers roughly twice as likely to have negative attitudes about African-Americans and immigrants
http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/06/21/why...

Why Doesn't the Media Interrogate Tea Partiers' Beliefs?

The media's enduring, and understandable, fascination with the Tea Party movement continues unabated, as this weekend's coverage demonstrates. Unfortunately, what appear to be false notions of objectivityor perhaps a lack of interest in policyis preventing that coverage from illuminating what the movement actually represents and what it would do if empowered. snip

Likewise, a University of Washington poll found Tea Partiers to be roughly twice as likely to have negative attitudes about African-Americans and immigrants as the general population. Might it be possible that the Tea Partiers who profess no racial motivation are, let's say, not entirely aware of their own visceral motivations? I'm sure if you asked the Southern voters who switched to Republican voting habits why they did so, many would say race had nothing to do with it. But why should journalists take that at face value? Isn't it more effective to interrogate Tea Partiers' views on race and where they might meet their stated concerns about, say, welfare or health care, than to just ask, "Hey, are you racist? No? OK, great. Thanks."

A terrific example of the contradictions and incoherence plaguing the Tea Party movement's platform, and the free ride they get from much of the media is epitomized by CNN's item on radio-talk-show host Mark Williams giving up his role as the chairman of the Tea Party Express. Williams wants to focus on two activist crusades, CNN reports: opposing the construction of a mosque near the site of Ground Zero in New York and "leading a recall effort against some members of the Sacramento City Council and running for a spot on the local body himself after the council voted to boycott Arizona over its new immigration law."

This strikes me as a very curious pair of causes for a leader of a movement dedicated to preventing government activism. If the government selectively asserts aggressive land-use regulation to prevent the construction of socially disfavored buildings, is that not a paradigmatic example of big-government market distortion? Would Williams support denying permits to an otherwise zoning-law-compliant church or synagogue near Ground Zero? And, as conservative commentator Matthew Lewis points out, shouldn't conservatives be opposed to laws that empower the government to stop and harass citizens and legal residents?

The closer you look, the more the Tea Party just looks like any other right-wing populist movement: it is motivated by fear of immigration, fear of new religious modes of expression, racial resentments, opposition to gay rights, and claims about taxes and spending that often don't add up under scrutiny. Isn't it time that we stopped treating the Tea Partiers like a curious sociological phenomenon and starting holding them to the same standards we should hold all mainstream politicians to?


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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-23-10 07:32 AM
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1. EXCELLENT!
Time that we 'stopped treating the Tea Partiers like a curious sociological phenomenon.'
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-23-10 07:43 AM
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2. Great article.
Edited on Wed Jun-23-10 07:43 AM by mwb970
Now let's do it! Interesting to note how many of the comments are idiotic teabag drippings, though. Where's the birth certificate? Impeach George Soros!

What crazy fools these teabaggers are. They exhibit the three characteristics all conservatives MUST have:

1. Strong opinions.
2. Absolute certainty.
3. Complete and total ignorance of the subject at hand.

This pattern repeats over and over and over. It's nuts!
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-23-10 07:45 AM
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3. If we still had real journalists in this country the
teabaggers would have been discredited by the media long ago. But no, they have to treat them as just some new political movement.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-23-10 08:52 AM
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4. Politics, as well as bowels
is capable of generating movements. In the case of the teabaggers, both achieve the same result.
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