When overnight singing sensation Susan Boyle hit the stage on “Britain’s Got Talent” for the first time, she was greeted with dismissive looks and derision. Last week’s Tax Day tea protesters would have considered that a major improvement. Their day on the national stage was met with outrageous, hateful and obscene attacks — incredibly from the very people charged with reporting on the events.
Predictably, the worst of the ugly commentary came from the nutball left — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox and one-time comedian turned tattooed biker chick Janeane Garofalo. For them, no insult was too harsh or too personal. Like a pair of 13-year-old boys who just learned a dirty word, lefties Maddow and Cox repeatedly used an offensive oral sex slang term to describe the events. The mature duo parroted the term “teabag” 51 times in just 13 minutes. In a separate appearance, Garofalo tried to outdo them, calling protesters racists and “a bunch of teabagging rednecks” — all while host Keith Olbermann smiled approvingly.
But the insults didn’t stop there. They extended to the news anchors, those in the press who are mandated by journalistic ethics to remain neutral. MSNBC’s David Shuster and CNN’s Anderson Cooper gleefully pushed aside any semblance of objectivity and proved to be as vile as their commentator counterparts.
Two days before the events, Shuster brazenly mocked the tax day protests with a juvenile rant that included a dozen separate oral sex puns. “But in our fourth story tonight: It’s going to be teabagging day [yuck-yuck] for the right-wing and they’re going nuts [yuck-yuck] for it. Thousands of them whipped out [yuck-yuck] the festivities early this past weekend, and while the parties are officially toothless, [yuck-yuck] the teabaggers are full-throated [yuck-yuck] about their goals.” That was just a beginning as MSNBC did its best to inflict obscene imagery on the American public.
They were no better over at the “most trusted name in news.” CNN’s senior political analyst David Gergen remarked that Republicans were “searching for their voice” after two electoral losses and Cooper had to join MSNBC in the gutter. “It’s hard to talk when you’re tea-bagging,” Cooper quipped to uncomfortable laughter from Gergen.
A nationwide protest including roughly 1 million participants, men, women and children, and all these two cable networks could think of were ways to humiliate those involved with bizarre attempts at sexual humor.
It’s telling that, in both content and tone, there was virtually no difference between those two cable “news” networks and the most vile and left wing of political Web sites. Angry liberals competed to see how often and creatively they could use the “teabag” term.
Blogger Markos Moulitsas, of the Daily Kos, used Twitter to try and outdo the Maddow and Cox combo with more than 60 sexual “teabag” references in the last two weeks. A trip through the netherworld that is the lefty Web would show almost countless other examples of that slur.
But the left-wing stamp on the news didn’t stop there. National broadcast or print media used the term “AstroTurf” at least 12 times since April 10 to attack the idea that the protests were a grassroots movement of conservatives. That idea wasn’t new. Lefty bloggers at BuzzFlash used the term to label the tea party movement as early as March 24.
And there’s the Blame Fox crowd. All three broadcast networks, as well as CNN and MSNBC, claimed Fox was too involved in the protests. ABC’s Dan Harris repeated criticism from the left that the tea parties were “a product” of Fox News and lobbyist organizations. Funny thing is though, the protests actually started at CNBC with an outburst by Chicago reporter Rick Santelli. But it was as if that little bit of history got scrubbed from the news as journalists tried to stick to their script and not the facts.
Ironically, the mainstream media’s quest to underreport the tea parties served as a big boost to Fox News. Their loss was literally Fox’s gain as Bill O’Reilly nabbed nearly 4 million viewers that night and all three Fox News shows had more viewers than all three of their cable competitors combined. In short, Fox clobbered them by reporting on precisely that which the competition refused to cover fairly.
Meanwhile, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC are all actually promoting the Earth Day activities like carnival barkers, as if there’s no political agenda there.