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Washington Post: Tea Party isn't racist

Which would also then mean that many leftists, especially in the media, are liars... but you knew this:

A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.

Emily Ekins, a graduate student at UCLA, conducted the survey at the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington last month by scouring the crowd, row by row and hour by hour, and taking a picture of every sign she passed.

Ekins photographed about 250 signs, and more than half of those she saw reflected a "limited government ethos," she found - touching on such topics as the role of government, liberty, taxes, spending, deficit and concern about socialism. Examples ranged from the simple message "$top the $pending" scrawled in black-marker block letters to more elaborate drawings of bar charts, stop signs and one poster with the slogan "Socialism is Legal Theft" and a stick-figure socialist pointing a gun at the head of a taxpayer.

There were uglier messages, too - including "Obama Bin Lyin' - Impeach Now" and "Somewhere in Kenya a Village is Missing its Idiot." But Ekins's analysis showed that only about a quarter of all signs reflected direct anger with Obama. Only 5 percent of the total mentioned the president's race or religion, and slightly more than 1 percent questioned his American citizenship.

Ekins's conclusion is not that the racially charged messages are unimportant but that media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more than it actually does.

"Really this is an issue of salience," Ekins said. "Just because a couple of percentage points of signs have those messages doesn't mean the other people don't share those views, but it doesn't mean they do, either. But when 25 percent of the coverage is devoted to those signs, it suggests that this is the issue that 25 percent of people think is so important that they're going to put it on a sign, when it's actually only a couple of people."

So the next salient question is... what other lies are leftists telling us?  And what other lies are their willing accomplices in the media telling us?

And even more importantly, how long have they been telling us these lies?

Thank God for the rise in alternative media.


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Comments (11)

'slightly more than 1%'? S... (Below threshold)

'slightly more than 1%'? So that would be...3? In the entire crowd? I wonder how many stories the MSM could run only showing those 3 signs.

Strike that. I know how man... (Below threshold)

Strike that. I know how many stories they could run focusing on those 3 signs.

All of them.

Interesting that the WP wou... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Interesting that the WP would even mention this since their previous policy was to demonize Tea partiers as racists.

Could it be that the upcoming GOP majorities have made them a bit nervous and they are attempting to cover their collective tails?

I'm purtty sure these goobe... (Below threshold)
olhardhead:

I'm purtty sure these goobers will know exactly what the Tea Party peep's are about on Nov. 3rd...YUP! purtty sure.

Eighteen days...

ol'

It's obvious that by highli... (Below threshold)
Weegie:

It's obvious that by highlighting the very, very few incidences of possible racism or violence, the media were, consciously or not, creating a false portrayal of the tea party. That it generally suited their own political views and agendas only makes it more insidious, as it then almost falls within the realm of propaganda.

The problem is that there are a lot of people who do not understand that the selective facts that the media may show creates an impression on the viewer that is the polar opposite of the truth.

They are being played and manipulated and they don't have the wisdom to undertand that.

The Tea Party "racism" is a very good example of this technique.

Weegie - "The problem is th... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Weegie - "The problem is that there are a lot of people who do not understand that the selective facts that the media may show creates an impression on the viewer that is the polar opposite of the truth."

Spot on!

Such as... "A community organizer and a man who spent almost his entire time in the Senate seeking higher office is perfectly qualified to be president."

Well if it takes a kenyan v... (Below threshold)
914:

Well if it takes a kenyan village idiot to alert the country its time to take out the trash, so be it.

November 2 is trash day.

It is an accepted fact that... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

It is an accepted fact that any movement will have 10% of it's participants playing on the fringe. The Tea Party has 3%. That is how upstanding they are. MSM, try to spin this. ww

Washington Post: Tea Par... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Washington Post: Tea Party isn't racist

There go the WaPo's Eugene Robinson's column ideas for the next month.

.... uglier messages, inclu... (Below threshold)

.... uglier messages, including "Obama bin Lyin' - "Impeach Now" and "Somewhere in Kenya a Village is Missing its Idiot" ....

Those are ugly?

Sure the tea party movement is not in any way shape or form motivated by "racism," envy, hatred or rage. Those characteristics are the exclusive and definitive property of the Left. We don't give a damn what color -- unless it's Red -- the coke-headed, marijuana-mumbling, Mussolini-modeled modified-Marxist, murtadd-Muslim milquetoast is.

But we hate it that he hates us and will absolutely refuse to give him the license he - by way of his serial flashing of his unearned and undeserved race card - demands.

Taking his word for it that from among his female parent's multiple third-world anthropology subjects the Kenyan was her sperm-donor of the hour, that noxious creep was in America voluntarily, as our guest. 0'Zero major earns 0'Zero minor no Brownie Points -- nor validates his race card -- nor permits his neo-colonial trumping of our Constitution.

While, meanwhile, 0'Zero bin Lyin' - Impeach him Now, for Somewhere in Kenya his Village is Missing its Idiot!

The recent absence of racis... (Below threshold)
Dane:

The recent absence of racist protest signs means that there isn't racism within the Tea Party movement?

After the inherent racism rampant in the Tea Party was exposed in the early months of the movement the use of racist signs dropped. Glenn Beck even forbade signs altogether to prevent Tea Partiers from exposing their racism.

Next you tell us that because no Tea Partiers were seen drinking alcohol at rallies that's an indication that nobody in the Tea Party ever touches alcohol?

post hoc ergo proctor hoc




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