In my last post, I spoke about the Alinsky like tactics of Paul Krugman in trying to marginalize the tea party movement. Krugman is an anomoly in the MSM in that he even goes so far as to recognize the tea parties at all. That will likely change sometime after the 15th. That's because near one thousand protests nationwich with thousands at each protest can't be ignored.
Of course, the movement is a direct challenge to the agenda that MSM supports. With about a million people strong, ignoring it will no longer be an option. As such, both opponents and proponents alike will be in a race to define the movement.
Several years ago there was another grass roots movement of citizens that organized because they were fed up with another problem that they saw the government ignoring. That movement was the Minutemen, and its opponents were successful in painting the movement as full of zealots and racists. The movement has become toxic to all those besides true believers. Furthermore, its link to the Republican Party has become a drag on the party. The movement has done damage not only to its own cause but to those it purports to support.
That's the blue print for opponents of the tea party movement. It's likely that liberal commentators will employ similar tactics to those of Krugman. It won't be that will define the movement. We expect them to be biased. It's likely the folks at places like the New York Times and MSNBC will allow the editorial policy to creep into its straight news coverage. As such, their will be subtle references to links from the movement to the Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Fox News at large.
The movement, on the other hand, will be out there presenting themselves as common citizens fed up with out of control government spending. If they are smart, they will present the stay at home moms and college students that often are the ones organizing the parties as the face of the party.
While the movement itself has a head start in defining itself, ultimately the real battle begins on Thursday. Until then, very few people will have heard of tea parties. After the organized protests, many more people will have been introduced. That's when the media blitz on both sides will begin.
The stakes couldn't be higher. If opponents are successful in painting the tea parties the way they painted the Minutemen, the movement will be viewed as fringe and it will do more harm than good. If the movement is able to define itself as ordinary citizens fed up with out of control government spending, the movement will be viewed as a grass roots insurgency of ordinary citizens tired of runaway out of control government spending. The movement will continue to grow and so the next election will then be defined by fiscal discipline. So, let the race begin to define the tea parties.
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