Remember the media response to the Tea Party movement that swept America prior to the 2008 elections? Virtually every media outlet, save Fox (Faux) News, couldn't bash it enough. They took every opportunity they could find to paint Tea Partiers as racist, ignorant, angry mobs and worse. Celebrities jumped in and offered the same rhetoric as passionately as they could whenever they found themselves in front of a camera or microphone. As it was presented to us by the media, one would have thought the Tea Partiers were aiming to destroy America to its very core.
To any- and everyone who showed up at Tea Party rallies with signs that were inappropriate and disrespectful... Lame. Very. I don't support or condone any form of prejudice or racism EVER. ESPECIALLY in a public forum, ESPECIALLY aimed at a specific person, ESPECIALLY when children might be present. Not cool.
As I said earlier, the media had a field day opining about the angry, racist mobs gathering to protest for their rights and in opposition to tax increases. They shouted racism at the top of their lungs over signs likening Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, etc. Disrespectful, I agree. No argument here.
One media outlet that reported on Tea Party rallies and signs was The Huffington Post. I remembered an article published on their website after reading an article on the Wisconsin protests on HuffPo today. The slant of today's article compared to the Tea Party article rendered me.. well..... speechless? Confused? Disappointed? I'm not sure...
I'm posting the links to the two articles below. Form your own opinion. Decide for yourself if the reporting is fair and non-partisan (which they claim to be), or if it is an example of the double standard that has overtaken the politics of our nation.
Take special note of the language and substance of the signs of each, and note how HuffPo refers to each in their respective article titles. Enjoy!
***CLICK HERE TO READ HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE ON WISCONSIN PROTEST SIGNS***
***CLICK HERE TO READ HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE ON TEA PARTY RALLY SIGNS***
Bipartisan fairness or blatant double standard? You decide.
I'm gonna go make some signs.