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Tea Partiers and the Angry Left

by Emmett Tyrrell at Townhall.com

WASHINGTON — Whatever happened to the mainstream media’s high regard for “anger” in politics? From roughly the midterm elections of 2006 through the presidential election of 2008, the “Angry Left” seemed to grow in stature with the media. Liberal pundits spoke of it with a hush of awe. By the election of the Prophet Obama, the Angry Left had acquired a hallowed public status similar to that of the “muckraker” or the “consumerist,” though no consumerist whom I ever have known has been agreeable company. Would you want to sit down to tea with, say, Ralph Nader? Certainly Ralph never has been known for his hearty laugh or elegant manners.

Yes, I said “tea.” The word has become something of a red flag among the bien-pensants. Tea brings to mind Tea Parties, which for the bien-pensants means angry political activists, not angry political activists of the noble variety but angry political activists of the alarming variety. That is to say, activists variously inveighed against as members of the “extreme right,” the “far right,” the Reagan administration. The Tea Partiers supposedly are crazed and provincial — or, as a recent chronicler of the Tea Party movement, John Avlon, puts it, “wingnuts.”

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March 4, 2010 Posted by | Liberal Media | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why is the mainstream media ignoring Rick Crawford?

Arkansans joined the nationwide protest movement last year as conservative voters found their collective voice and stood against the Obamanation of our country. From Tea Parties to Health Care Town Halls, these voters calls for responsibility and accountability from their elected officials went largely unheeded. But several candidates for office were paying attention, even when our Representatives and Senators weren’t.

Rick Crawford, GOP candidate for Arkansas’ 1st Congressional district seat in the US House of Representatives was one of these. He’s well known and recognized by 1st district voters who are actively involved in their local Republican Committees or Tea Parties. He’s been working to spread his message since last spring, not only at protests, but local festivals and events across the 1st District.

Crawford appears to have a real shot at becoming the first Republican to represent the 1st Congressional District since 1875. And his campaign is gaining momentum.

But if you were counting on the mainstream media to inform you of Rick’s candidacy, you may not yet know he exists. That’s because television stations and newspapers, statewide and local to the 1st District, have largely ignored his campaign.

Traditional news sources across the state have failed to cover several major developments in what could be an historic campaign. In the past month, Crawford has received three major endorsements from influential Republicans in the state. Mike Huckabee, Ed Bethune, and Asa Hutchinson have thrown their support to this Jonesboro veteran with strong ties to the 1st District’s large agricultural community.

Even the television station from his hometown of Jonesboro doesn’t seem to think his candidacy deserves more than a casual mention every once in a while. Searching their site you’ll see one article devoted to Rick–the August 27, 2009 article on his official announcement that he was entering the race. Those search results do include two articles covering Rep. Marion Berry’s (D) announcement that he won’t seek reelection and Crawford is mentioned almost as an aside in these.

Search results of the archives of the Jonesboro Sun reveal a similar dearth of articles on Crawford’s campaign. The obligatory August announcement that he’s running, then a couple of mentions in articles about Berry. The Sun did mention Crawford in a late January article titled “1st District Race Far from Settled” in late January, but only toward the end and after a long list of potential Democrat contenders.

Arkansas’ statewide newspaper, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, also mentions Crawford in several Berry articles, but nothing devoted entirely to Rick’s campaign. But the Democrat Gazette did consider it newsworthy that Princella Smith, a potential GOP challenger to Crawford, is thinking about throwing her hat in the ring following Berry’s announcement that he won’t run again.

Of the four major television stations in Little Rock, only KTHV 11 has an article on their website about Crawford. That’s an AP article from May of last year announcing Rick’s intent to challenge Berry.

Last May, on the influential conservative blog Redstate.com, Moe Lane speculated “We will no doubt see more [Crawford] campaign-related items as time goes on.” But we haven’t…at least not from traditional media sources.

Luckily, Crawford embraced new media and social networking sites early on. His Facebook page sports over 1300 fans now and almost 800 follow him on Twitter. Many of these supporters depend on the blog posts on his website to keep them informed since the mainstream media refuses to.

Several Facebook fans recently wondered about the lack of coverage by the mainstream media and one even speculated the media’s liberal bias is to blame.

Shelley asked, “Why is it that we aren’t seeing any articles on you in the papers? I keep waiting to see you mentioned and they talk about all the other candidates and you are never mentioned!”

Grace responded, “I agree, I never see anything about you in the papers. What is up with that?”

And Kelly replied, “I think the main reason that the papers around here are not picking up Rick is because they are controlled by a liberal bias. They are afraid to give Rick the time of day because he is the most creditable [sic] threat to eliminate Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda in Washington…”

Whatever the reason, it’s pretty obvious the mainstream media has chosen to ignore Rick Crawford.

But you can spread the word about his campaign by becoming a fan of his Facebook page, following him on Twitter, and passing along his updates to your 1st District friends and families.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Election 2010 | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Operation “Can You Hear Us Now?”

Across the US today and tomorrow, Tea Partiers and 912’ers will rally once again. Only this time, what the Democrats call the “Angry Mob” will get the media coverage that’s been lacking when they gathered previously.

That’s because Operation “Can You Hear Us Now?” won’t take place at Capitols or city parks. Planners of this rally chose to take the message to the mainstream media since the media won’t come to them. These rallies will be held on the doorsteps of left-wing media outlets across the country. Reporters, anchors, and management will have a hard time ignoring the masses as they gather beneath their office windows. When they have to push through the crowd on their way out the door, they’ll no longer be able to turn a blind eye to the frustration of millions of Americans.

This is the website organizers set up where you can find more information and here’s a list of all planned events. Be sure to check the list, because most are planned for Saturday, but a few will be held today, Friday October 16.

Join the crowds and make your voice be heard!

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Liberal Media | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

ACORN Watch: A “Sting”-ing Indictment of Media Hypocrisy

by Michelle Malkin at Townhall.com

Undercover journalism is only acceptable when it fits a liberal agenda. That is the message from “professional” reporters and left-wing activists outraged about three successful video stings targeting President Obama’s old friends at the left-wing tax-subsidized outfit ACORN.

Conservative documentarian James O’Keefe and writer Hannah Giles, working for the BigGovernment.com website, posed as a pimp and prostitute during visits to ACORN offices in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn. ACORN housing officials and tax advisers offered them brazen suggestions on how to lie on their applications, disguise their income, obscure their child sex-ring business and hide cash from abusive johns. (“When you buy the house with the backyard, you get a tin,” an ACORN counselor in New York told Giles, “and you bury it down in there, cover it and put the grass over it.”)

Summing up the ACORN Housing Corporation philosophy, another Brooklyn ACORN official told the undercover pair bluntly: “Honesty is not going to get you the house.”

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September 16, 2009 Posted by | Corruption | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What’s happening to our freedoms?

From Bob Porto’s Blog

It seems that Democrats in Washington, even those elected to represent Arkansas, are becoming more and more distant from those of us who pay their salaries.  With trillions of dollars now committed to bailing out our nation’s largest banks and corporations, the nationalization of our auto industry, unprecedented government spending and national debt, and now an effort to establish a government-run health care system, Americans are standing up and speaking out.  Concerned with the prospect of their country having more in common with the former USSR than anything envisioned by our founding fathers, conservative citizens are exercising their constitutional rights with a fervor never before seen on the right side of the political spectrum.

Constitutional rights, enjoyed since the ratification of the Bill of Rights–freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peaceably assemble, and freedom to petition the government to redress grievances, may soon be reserved only those of like mind with the President and his progressive allies in Congress.  The 1st amendment guarantees these rights and also the freedom of the press.  Often called the 4th branch of government, the free press has long served to inform the people of any attempt to abridge these inalienable rights.  But what would happen if the free press became complicit with a repressive government, and refused to inform the people when their rights were abridged?

We might see ordinary people taking up the pen and taking to the airwaves in an effort to uncover the truth.  Shouting from every street corner, publishing in their living rooms, and striving to get in front of every camera and every crowd to have their voice heard.  The administration and its allies in Congress and the press may begin by dismissing these vocal dissidents as a discontent minority, hoping they’ll grow weary and go away.  If instead the rebel movement doesn’t fade away, those in power may send out scouts to demonize and demagogue those who disagree.  And when the opposition movement continues to expand and grow, bring out the big guns.  Have top administration officials and leaders of Congress attack those private citizens who stand and fight to preserve their constitutional rights.

And remember, the 4th branch of government no longer stands up for the people.  Government lies go unchallenged as the press becomes nothing more than a mouthpiece for the propaganda disseminated by those in power.  Uninformed by major news outlets, most citizens would remain unaware as offices were created to collect names of those who dare to publicly disagree with those in power.  When the ruling party sent out enforcers to intimidate voters and violently attack those standing up for their rights, most would remain uninformed.  When legislators call their own constituents un-American for exercising their first amendment rights, few would ever know.

But wait, all of these things are happening now!  This isn’t a hypothetical situation, it’s here.  We’re now in the trenches daily, fighting to have our voices heard, to stand up and be counted, but the vehicle Americans could always count on to spread their message is parked, refusing to start its engine and carry its load.  Thank God for the internet, new media, talk radio, and Fox News!  Because they’re the only reason our message is carried by anything more than word of mouth.  But we can’t be satisfied until the mainstream media fulfills its obligation to inform the public also.

I suggest we expand our offensive.  Our strategy has been effective thus far, but we’ve yet to deal a crippling blow to those who seek to destroy our freedoms.  We need a new tactic to add to our battlefield portfolio, one that brings the mainstream media to its knees and forces it to accept its responsibility and report the abuses of our government to the unaware in our society.

There’s only one path to such an impact and it runs directly through the advertisers who bankroll the American media.  It’s time to make our own lists, lists of advertisers who fund the operations of media outlets who remain silent on the abuses perpetrated by the Obama administration and its allies.  Then it’s time to boycott those advertisers. Don’t buy their products, don’t use their services, and don’t patronize their establishments until and unless the media outlets they support begin doing their jobs!

We’re making a difference.  There’s no doubt of that.  But we can’t become satisfied, not until the threat is past and victory is certain.  So fellow patriots, as we continue to place direct pressure on our elected officials, let’s also expand the fight.  Join with me to take aim at their enablers, the mainstream media.

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment