Update: The tea parties were hugely successful, both in turnout and in terms of meeting with like-minded individuals and forming a vision for the future. Go here for pictures. They give an idea of the reach of the events that the media failed to do.
A few headlines from around the online world, compiled here for your viewing ease.
The media response to the tea parties has been utterly predictable, although one CNN anchor takes it a step further by being openly contemptuous of a tea party guy holding a baby and not even letting him finish a sentence. Hmm, something tells me that she wasn’t there to simply get the story and report on it.
And for more amateurish contempt, look no further than Anderson Cooper, who simply can’t help himself, retorting to David Gergen, “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.” Hey, Cooper, when someone in your position resorts to crude, sexual one-liners on national tv, it smacks of paranoia, annoyance, and a lack of professionalism. These tea parties must really have him worried. As for some delightful analysis of the likes of Cooper, you simply have to read Gutfield’s take on Anderson’s comment, expanding on the discussion while asking the question, “So why is it the MSM finds it so easy to sneer at a group of protestors, when you’ve never seen them do the same with the bedraggled buffoons protesting environmental ills, animal testing or the WTO?” The answer is both accurate and A-rate comedy gold.
And as for us DHS appointed “right-wing extremists”? Even solid liberal and top Homeland Security Democrat Bennie Thompson wonders how this report even made it out of Napalitano’s office. As reported by Ed Morrissey:
He wants an explanation of what “activities” Napolitano has planned with law enforcement officials to monitor legitimate public political activity, as promised at the end of the DHS report. He called himself “particularly struck” by this statement. And well he might; it promises to have government treat political discourse as a subversive activity.
Yes, please enlighten us.
And, last but certainly not least, Six Things You Should Know About the Homeland Security Report on “Right-Wing Extremism“.
Happy reading, patriots! (Wait, was that “subversive, right-wing chatter”?)