The Tea Party – Media Portrayal, Racism and Influence

On Influence

The Tea Party movement has got a lot of flak lately and has been referred to as “some obscure tea-bagging operation.” by Columbia Journalism Review. However some events paint a different reality:

Polls From December 2009:


among those with populist or Mainstream views, 31% prefer the Tea Party, and 26% are undecided. Twenty-three percent (23%) pick a Republican candidate, and 19% are for the Democrat

WSJ/NBC News Poll @ December 2009

More than four in 10, 41%, of respondents said they had a very or somewhat favorable view of the Tea Party movemen , while 24% said they had a somewhat or very negative view of the group. ….. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, which controls both the White House and Congress, has a 35% positive rating compared with a 45% negative rating. ….. Republicans currently hold a 28% favorability rating compared with a 43% negative one.

In Elections

Little Green Footballs points out a lot of revolutionary flags with the Roman numeral II on it.

Big Turnout:

Brown won 52 percent to 47 percent. Turnout was exceptional for a special election in January: More voters showed up at the polls Tuesday than in any non-presidential general election in Massachusetts since 1990.

On Racism

Note for future additions: black man w/ gun coverage by MSNBC, Chris Mathews asks if MA is racist?, etc….

WSJ/NBC News Poll: Tea Party Tops Democrats and Republicans, December 16, 2009, 5:00 PM ET, Tea Party Tops GOP on Three-Way Generic Ballot, Monday, December 07, 2009
MSNBC, Brown wins Mass. Senate race in epic upset, GOP victory leaves President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt, Jan. 19, 2010


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