Question: Is it true that ABC, CBS and NBC have dismissed and disparaged the Tea Party Movement?
This Special Report by The Media Research Center reveals the eye-opening answer to this question-You Decide:
TV’s Tea Party Travesty: “How ABC, CBS and NBC Have Dismissed and Disparaged the Tea Party Movement!”–Special Report posted on The Media Research Center-By Rich Noyes, Research Director, The Media Research Center-On April 13, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from the this report:
“The Tea Party arose as a potent political movement in early 2009, a grassroots reaction to the massive government spending and interventionist policies of the new Obama administration and congressional liberals. On the February 19, 2009 Squawk Box, CNBC contributor Rick Santelli took aim at the just-announced policy of government-instigated mortgage modifications, handing taxpayer-funded aid to over-extended borrowers who might otherwise default.
“The government is promoting bad behavior,” Santelli proclaimed, by asking responsible borrowers “to subsidize the losers’ mortgages.”
“How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can’t pay their bills?”
Santelli challenged the traders standing near him at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The crowd erupted in disapproval. “We’re thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July,” he exclaimed. “All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan, I’m gonna start organizing.”
The spontaneous reaction was about more than just burdening responsible taxpayers with the debts of their irresponsible neighbors. Less than one month in office, the Obama administration had already pushed through a $787 billion “stimulus” package (the cost of which would later be estimated by the Congressional Budget Office at an even more extravagant $862 billion), and would soon propose a massive new health care entitlement program and instigate a federal takeover of the General Motors and Chrysler automobile companies. The minor tax cuts in the stimulus bill not withstanding, the inevitable consequence of such profligacy and intrusion into the free market would be much higher taxes, a bigger and more controlling government, and a further shifting away from America’s tradition of individual freedom and personal responsibility.
The first T.E.A. Party (Taxed Enough Already) protests took place in various cities on February 27, 2009, just eight days after Santelli’s rant. A major national protest was scheduled for April 15, “tax day,” the deadline for filing federal income tax forms. After that event showed the Tea Party to be a major movement, pundits on MSNBC and CNN heaped on the invective.
On the Imus in the Morning radio program, CNN contributor Paul Begala, a longtime Democratic operative, blasted the protesters as “just a bunch of wimpy, whiny weasels who don’t love their country.” Begala snarled: “There are guys at Walter Reed who have their legs for my country, and they’re whining because they have to write a check?” Later that night, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper cracked vulgar jokes about “tea-bagging” with resident political analyst David Gergen (Cooper apologized a few days later).
Over on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann derided the Tea Partiers as racists — “a bunch of guys who are just looking for a reason to yell at the black President.” Setting up a sinister spin that liberals would work to perpetuate, Olbermann darkly wondered:
“What happens if somebody who’s at one of these things hurts somebody?”
But the liberal cable news networks, particularly MSNBC, barely even pretend to offer objective news these days. So what about the supposedly more traditional broadcast news operations at ABC, CBS and NBC? Did they cover the Tea Party from a professional, objective point of view, or did they reflect the left-wing hostility of their cable brethren? To find out, MRC analysts reviewed every reference to the Tea Party on the broadcast networks’ morning, evening and late-night news programs, plus the Sunday morning chat shows, from Rick Santelli’s first suggestion of a Tea Party on February 19, 2009 through March 31, 2010.
Despite shrinking audiences and a changing media landscape, these network programs still reach larger audiences than any other media outlet. During the first three months of 2010, ABC’s World News, the CBS Evening News and the NBC Nightly News reached an average of more than 24 million viewers each weeknight, while the network morning shows (Good Morning America, The Early Show and Today) combined to reach around 11 million. ABC’s Nightline had about 3.7 million viewers, while the three Sunday talk shows (This Week, Face the Nation and Meet the Press) had a combined audience of eight million people.
These numbers dwarf those of the supposed stars of the liberal cable networks. During the same period, MSNBC’s highest-rated program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, barely topped one million total viewers, while CNN’s ratings leader, Larry King Live, had an average audience of 771,000. (The Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor was the top show among all cable news outlets, with an average viewership of 3.6 million.)
Using the Nexis data retrieval system plus the Media Research Center’s own News Tracking System (NTS), our researchers found 202 network stories that either mentioned the Tea Party or referred to a Tea Party event. Just 61 of those were actually full items (narrated field reports or interview segments) about the Tea Party; the remaining 141 were either brief mentions included in segments about other topics, or short items read by a news anchor.
While it wasn’t very much, ABC did offer the most coverage (32 stories), followed by NBC (19) and CBS (10). The 30-minute evening newscasts actually ran slightly more full items (28) than the networks’ multi-hour morning news programs (24). Oddly, the politically-oriented Sunday talk shows ran relatively few segments (8), and ABC’s Nightline produced just one in-depth item on the Tea Party in the past year.
These totals are incredibly small, given the impact of the Tea Party movement on American politics over the same period. And, remarkably, most of the network coverage (69%) actually aired in just the first three months of 2010. (See chart.) Apart from relatively slight coverage of two of the Tea Party’s major rallies, the broadcast networks virtually refused to recognize the Tea Party’s rise in 2009.”
Note: What follows are numerous articles and/or blog posts and videos that relate to and/or support the above report-You Decide:
Tea Party Racism: Rev. Perryman Says Enough!–Posted on YouTube.com- RevWaynePerryman-On September 18, 2009:
Bi-Weekly Notable Quotables!–Posted on The Media Research Center-On August 8, 2011:
During Month-Long Debt Talks, Liberal Media Savaged Tea Party Conservatives as Ignorant, Irrational, Irresponsible and Even Terrorists!-Posted on The Media Research Center-By Rich Noyes-On August 1, 2011:
MSNBC Host: If There Is Civil Unrest Because of Unemployment It‘s Totally the GOP’s Fault!-Posted on Conservative Byte-On June 9, 2011:
Media Slammed ‘Bitch’ Angle’s Ad, Now Silent When Ryan Shown Throwing Granny Off Cliff-Posted on The Media Research Center-By Alex Fitzsimmons-Posted on May 20, 2011:
Iowa Voters Kick Out 3 Judges Who Overturned State Ban on Same-Sex Marriage-Posted on CNSNews.com-By Pete Winn-On November 03, 2010:
NBC’s Brokaw & Williams Throw a Wet Blanket on Tea Party: They’re About to Bump Into Reality-Posted on The Media Research Center-By Geoffrey Dickens-On November 3, 2010:
Matthews to Bachmann: ‘Are You Hypnotized?’ Bachmann Zings: Have You Lost Your Tingly Leg Thrills?-Posted on The Media Research Center-By Geoffrey Dickens-On November 3, 2010:
Dan Rather Complains: Republicans ‘Demonized’ Nancy Pelosi, Turned Her Into a ‘Villain’-Posted on The Media Research Center-By Scott Whitlock-On November 2, 2010:
NY Times Editorial Page Pulls Out All the Stops for Desperate Democrats (and only Democrats)-Posted on The Media Research Center-By Clay Waters-On November 2, 2010:
Flashback: Media Decried Voters in 1994, Argued Conservatives Had “No Mandate”–Posted on The Media Research Center-By Rich Noyes-On November 02, 2010:
Democrats blaming the victims–Posted On The Detroit News-By Nolan Finley-On October 31, 2010:
Reporters Plot Fabricating News at CBS TV Station–Posted on Floyd Reports-By Floyd Brown-On October 31, 2010:
Video: Jimmy Carter Melts Down, Blasts “Birthers,” Muslim Rumors on Fox News-Posted on ExposeObama.com-On November 1, 2010:
Olbermann Warns Voters Against ‘Cataclysm’ of Tea Party, ‘Would Destroy America from Within’–Posted on News Busters-By Brad Wilmouth-On October 28, 2010:
MRC Study: “News” Media Aid Democrats’ Tea Party Trashing-Posted on The Media Research Center-By Rich Noyes-On October 27, 2010:
Howard Dean: ‘Racist Fringe’ Exists in Tea Party That ‘Media Hypes Up’–Posted on CNSNews.com-By Nicholas Ballasy-On October 18, 2010:
Amanpour: Tea Party an ‘Extreme’ Departure from Reagan’s Conservatism; Campaign Spending Bad for Democracy–Posted on The Media Research Center-By Brent Baker-On October 17, 2010:
Why Liberals Don’t Get the Tea Party Movement–Posted on The Wall Street Journal-By PETER BERKOWITZ-On October 16, 2010:
Tea Party Movement Is Not a Fad–Posted on Interned in Northfield-By Bethany Murphy-On October 15, 2010:
Lawrence O’Donnell goes head to head with Republican Peter Schiff (08 06 2009)–Posted on YouTube.com-By roch202020-On August 06, 2009:
MSNBC’s ultra-liberal Lawrence O’Donnell as he interviews Peter Schiff asking question after question without allowing Schiff to respond. O’Donnell answers his own questions trying to put words into Schiff’s mouth. Mean-spirited and controlling, O’Donnell gives you insight as to how liberals operate. “Fair and balanced?” I don’t think so.
Laura Ingraham Schools ‘CSI’ Producer Over Tea Party-Trashing Episode–Posted on Big Hollywood-By John Nolte-On October 13, 2010:
Matthews: Chilean Miners Would Be Dead if They Followed Tea Party’s ‘Every Man for Himself’ Philosophy–Posted on The Media Research Center-By Geoffrey Dickens-On October 13, 2010:
Spitzer: ‘Fringe’ Taking Over GOP; Guest: Obama ‘More American’ Than Palin–Posted The Media Research Center-By Matthew Balan-On October 8, 2010:
Spitzer: Tea Party Endorses ‘Path of Hoover,’ Will ‘Destroy Our Country’–Posted on Media Research Center-By Matthew Balan-On October 06, 2010:
Combative George Stephanopoulos Pushes Idea That the Tea Party May Be ‘Losing Traction’–Posted Media Research Center-By Scott Whitlock-On October 5, 2010:
Trucks Encircle ABC, CBS, NBC, Challenge ‘Liberal’ Media to ‘Tell The Truth’–Posted on CNSNews.com-By Michael W. Chapman-On October 04, 2010:
Bozell Declares War on Liberal Media; Launches ‘Tell the Truth’ Campaign-Posted on CNSNews.com-By Pete Winn-On September 16, 2010:
Conservative TV reporter fired for reporting the truth–Posted on I Hate The Media-On September 19, 2010:
Profiles in Bias: Documenting the Bias of Top Journalists and Major News Stories-Posted by the Media Research Center-On September 2010:
Journolist: Liberal Media Conspiracy or Friendly Clubhouse for the Main Stream Media?-Posted on PJTV-On July 23, 2010:
Two-Thirds of Americans Say They Are Angry at the Media–Posted on CNSNews.com-By Melanie Hunter-Omar-On June 15, 2010:
Tea Party is Racist and Violent: Massive Sloppy Propaganda Fail From Mainstream Media–Posted on YouTube.com-By Travinyle1-On May 1, 2010:
Poll: Nearly 80 percent don’t trust the government-Posted on DenverPost.com-By Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press-On April 19, 2010:
Andrew Klavan: The Long Way Home for the Tea Party–Posted on PJTV-On April 16, 2010:
TAX DAY APRIL 15TH RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.–Posted on OnlineTaxrevolt.com:
National Center Staff Members Deneen Borelli and Tom Borelli to Speak at Washington, D.C. Tax Day Tea Party: “Book on Government-Run Health Care to Be Distributed at Rally”–Posted on National Center for Public Policy Research-On April 15, 2010:
Tea party rally upbraids ‘gangster government’–Posted on Yahoo News-By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer-On April 15, 2010:
Alinsky’s Avenging Angels: Tea Party Saboteurs–Posted on CNSNews.com-By Michelle Malkin-On April 14, 2010:
Black conservative tea party backers take heat–Posted on Breitbart.com-By Valerie Bauman, Associated Press Writer-On April 6, 2010:
“Agents Provocateurs” Video Exposes Radio Personality Alex Jones–Posted on USASurvival.org-By Cliff Kincaid-On March 30, 2010:
Why Obama and the left fear the tea-party movement–Posted on WND.com-By Tom Tancredo-On March 27, 2010:
How the Left Fakes the Hate: A Primer–Posted on CNSNews.com-By –By Michelle Malkin-On March 26, 2010:
Tea Party Leader, GOP Condemn Racial Slurs Hurled at Black Lawmakers–Posted on FoxNews.com-On March 21, 2010:
Too much tea party racism: “As protesters call Dem leaders “nigger” and “faggot,” it’s time for Republicans to denounce them” Updated–Posted on Salon.com-By JOAN WALSH-On March 20, 2010:
‘Both Parties Are Guilty,’ Boehner Says at CPAC–Posted on CNSNews.com-By Karen Schuberg-On February 19, 2010:
Hoyer criticizes Bachmann for denying racial epithet was hurled at Lewis-Posted on TheHill.com-By Jared Allen-On April 13, 2010:
Note: These recent articles and/or blog posts reveal some disgraceful actions by NAACP meant to demonize the Tea Party-You Decide:
NAACP Fails to Disappoint with the Failure of Its Latest Tea Party Attack-Posted on The National Center for Public Policy Research-On October 20, 2010:
Fox & Friends Debunks Tea Party Racism Myth–Posted on News Busters-By Noel Sheppard-On October 19, 2010:
NAACP releases report accusing tea party groups of links to bigots-Posted on The Kansas City Star-By JUDY L. THOMAS-On October 19, 2010:
NAACP Mounts New Attempt to Discredit Tea Party Movement–Posted on Floyd Reports-By Guest Writer-On October 19, 2010:
Note: These recent articles and/or blog posts are great examples of how and/or why the majority of the Main Stream Media outlets, to include Google, seem to be left leaning and/or liberal instead of being fair and balanced-You Decide:
Soros Gives $1 Million to Target Fox News-Posted on FoxNews.com-On October 20, 2010:
George Soros’ Millions Buying ‘Political Reporters’ for NPR–Posted on Big Journalism-By Warner Todd Huston-On October 18, 2010:
George Soros’ 8 Most Despicable Acts (Updated After Threat By Soros’ Lawyers)–Posted on News Real Blog-By KATHY SHAIDLE-On September 22, 2010:
Glenn Beck Advertisers Targeted by Tides CEO–Posted on NewsMax.com-On October 17, 2010:
Obama Slams Fox News as ‘Destructive’–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Dan Weil-On September 28, 2010:
Team Obama’s Media Helpers Hide Bad News for Democrats–Posted on The Media Research Center-By Tim Graham-On October 14, 2010:
Google is latest weapon against Republicans–Posted on Politico-By SARAH LAI STIRLAND-Updated on October 19, 2010:
Why is Google News Libeling Rush Limbaugh?–Posted Post Real Blog-Posted on News Real Blog-By KATHY SHAIDLE-On October 18, 2010:
Note: This Press Release reveals an ongoing power-full all-out push by The Media Research Center to force the Main Stream Media to tell the truth about what’s really going on in our country-You Decide:
“Tell The Truth!” Press Release (PDF):
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