NYT doesn’t get Tea Parties

New York Times On Tea Partiers: What You Would Expect

by Jillian Bandes

Today’s feature is even more evidence for why no one should ever trust the New York Times’ reporting on tea parties.

Members of her family, she said, think she has disappeared down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories. But Mrs. Stout said she has never felt so engaged.

“I can’t go on being the shy, quiet me,” she said. “I need to stand up.”

It’s great to talk about re-energized Republicans and then immediately focus on conspiracy theories if you’re the New York Times. After all, everything from disbelief in the effectiveness of stimulus funding to questions about the effectiveness of public education qualifies tea partiers as conspiracy theorists. Libertarians and anti-immigration advocates are lumped in with “militia groups” to illustrate the nature of these “populists,” and all of them are interested in doing away with “the Federal Reserve, the federal income tax and countless agencies.”

I wish I could be charitable, and say that the Times’ lengthy investigation into the psyches of tea party activists portrayed some kind of reality. But it doesn’t. It uses fringe activists as illustrative of mainstream beliefs, and ends on a note of “they all want to blow up America.”

The article continues at Townhall.com

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