Friday, April 10, 2009

Republican Tea Bag Medley

First - Just what is this "TeaBagging" we are hearing so much about?
Definition here:

Just how crazy are the panic striken right wing republicans?
And to think, all it took was letting a 3% tax cut on the wealthiest segment of society expire to send these yokels into a tailspin.
I seem to not remember them acting this way when Reagan raised taxes…

Tea Party Video: Right-Wing Tax Protests Caught On Tape - Arthur Delaney - Huffington Post
Hundreds of tea party protests are scheduled in cities and towns across the country for tax day.

Rachel Maddow: Fox News "not just reporting on teabagging, they are officially promoting it"
By Heather - Crooks and Liars
Rachel Maddow and Ana Marie Cox have a bit of fun at the teabaggers' expense. I don't know how either one of them made it through this segment without completely busting a gut.
Media Matters has the detailed factual rundown.

VIDEO: Fox News Signs On To Tea Party Agenda, Aggressively Promotes Anti-Obama Protests
By Victor Zapanta at Think Progress
Organizers of the radical anti-Obama “tea party” protests have been trying to claim that the events are rising up spontaneously. However, as Media Matters recently documented, Fox News has been aggressively promoting the anti-tax protests

Spontaneous Uprising? Corporate Lobbyists Helping To Orchestrate Radical Anti-Obama Tea Party Protests by Lee Fang
Despite attempts to make the “movement” appear organic, the principle organizers of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works. The two groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests

"These are not tea-parties. They are tea-tantrums. And the adolescent, unserious hysteria is a function not of a movement regrouping and refinding itself. It's a function of a movement's intellectual collapse and a party's fast-accelerating nervous breakdown." -Sullivan

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