Media Vilifies Tea Party Protests

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)

John Lewis (D-GA)

American news outlets have shown their Leftist bias this weekend in their coverage of Tea Party protests against this Sunday’s Congressional vote on health care reform.

News reporters took the word of Georgia Democrat Congressman and civil right icon John Lewis, who claimed Tea Party protesters hurled racial epithets at him and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they made their way into the Rotunda on Saturday.

“They were shouting, sort of harassing,” Lewis told reporters. “But, it’s okay, I’ve faced this before. It reminded me of the 60s. It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean.”

Others verified Congressman Lewis’ claim, including Missouri Democrat Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

However, video of the incident taken by Tea Party activists clearly shows that, while there were many boos and jeers hurled at the Congressmen, not one protester shouted the word “nigger.”

In a separate incident, Congressman Cleaver also claimed a Tea Party protester spat on him. However, police escorting the Missouri Democrat did not make any arrests in what would have been an actual physical assault if it had really happened.

Despite the fact that no arrests were made, Congressman Cleaver issued a press release stating that he would not press charges. Against whom, it was not said.

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank also claimed to be the victim of a “hate” speech attack Saturday. The openly-gay Democrat said protesters called him “faggot” as he was walking from the Longworth office building to the Rayburn office building.

No proof has been made to verify Frank’s claim.

Additionally, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller used the name for a vulgar gay sex act to describe the Saturday protests:

The term “tea bagger” was coined by the gay CNN reporter Anderson Cooper almost a year ago on April 14, 2009. Since then, the vulgar reference has been used by many liberal members of the mainstream media, including Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC, CNN’s Candy Crowley, and more recently, by left-wing radio flamethrower Mike Malloy.


  • Noise Pollution

    What I do see proof of here is how these “organized’ demonstrations are always politics of volume. Why is it every time I encounter Tea Party protestors they are standing in intersections screaming and encouraging people not to register, poll, write, petition, call, or organize calm and productive community forums, but to honk their horns? What does horn honking accomplish? What I saw in that video was belligerence of an effectively small group when compared to the entire body of the electorate, who claim to represent more than what they truly represent – themselves. Democracy is still one person one vote, and one voice doesn’t count more simply because it’s shrill – amply demonstrated by the especially loud fellow in the red t-shirt with the LISTEN TO ME sign. Thank you for illustrating my point so well with your video.

  • The far right in this country is indefensible. It can offer no coherent policy other than fear-mongering, racism, bigotry and religious ignorance. The media is not conspiring against them. They are the people that would have resisted resisited woman’s sufferage, civil rights.

  • Obviously Noise Pollution you’ve not been to one but are only an onlooker or watch from videos posted at MSNBC! We DO encourage people to vote, register, write, call, petition and ALSO come out and protest. Your username suits you well!

  • Hardly convincing evidence, there’s only one video and it’s only 48 sec long

  • Articles like this one illustrate why there are those of the ultra-right that are willing to not only tolerate outright racism but tacitly promote it. There were many witnesses to racist acts by a very few in the Tea Party protest. One Tea Party organizer denounced the actions, as did senior republicans like John Boehner, and Fox News. But, according to the yahoo that wrote this piece, it’s the media’s fault.

  • I suggest as an experiment, that congress start a congressional white caucus. Requirement for entry, you family had to have been here for 4 generations and white. See what the blacks have to say about that. How do you think these folks would be received?

  • Heard a lot of left-wingers hurl racial epithets too…. Case as example the Proposition 8 Protests in Cali which featured gays and lesbians saying vile things about blacks (who had voted FOR it in large numbers)

  • Crackpot reporting. The camera doesn’t even stay on Lewis. This is hardly proof that it didn’t happen.

  • “The term “tea bagger” was coined by the gay CNN reporter Anderson Cooper almost a year ago on April 14, 2009.”

    Tax Day, April 15 organizers had a gimmick. They asked people to send a tea bag to the Oval Office. One of the exhortations was “Tea Bag the Fools in D.C.” A protester was spotted with a sign saying, “Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You.” So, tea baggers started it: started with this terminology.

  • The real crackpot sits in OUR oval office and is determined to take over our country–course it’s not gonna be worth taking over is it? Not after he’s done with it..that Oh so bowing sycophant Barry Hussein Obama–he’s doing just what “they” are telling him..the guys too stupid to have one lucid original thought of his own…shucks…I gotta take that back…the guy is exactly what we deserve for NOT taking a stand for RIGHT and FOR GOD in this country. Barack Hussein Obama -and all his Czars–(what a word-sounds like a venereal disease!)-is America’s punishment–at least the beginning of it… There is a lot more to come.

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  • The movement was hijacked by Fox News. Y’all are teabaggers because you swallowed Fox’s empty scrote and ended up chocking on it. The movement is dead. You FAILED.

    You didn’t have shit to say when Bush was in office so STFU.

  • Obama is a Muslim and was not born in the Untied States.
    Remember his middle name is Hussein.

  • Well black people wanted obama in office only because he is black. And they and every other person in the United States have to pay out of there pockets for there mistakes. The price of health care will now sky rocket and keep on going and going. And as for those racial epithets and the black person being spat upon. The leftist media claimed that did happen, but as you can see and hear the leftist representitives did have any one arrested because they knew that they had nothing to base those upon. People can be arrested if a racial slur, or they spit on a person in office like a state representitive. Leftist media and leftists in or out of office will be caught making fools out of themselves.

  • Correction: did not have anyone arrested.

  • You better get this straight. Congress is NOT granted the power to tell Americans what to do – but this HC bill tells you to buy insurance.
    A majority vote to tell you what to do is called TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY.

    Get it ? IF they can tell you to buy insurance
    then they can tell you to buy Solar Panels or anything else some majority wants. The constitution does NOT delegate any such power.
    Thus – Conyers must be CENSURED and IMPEACHED.
    He and his pals are setting up a tyranny of the majority.

  • does anyone have recordings of Jimmy From Brooklyn ?
    we need his analysis more than ever. I used to keep a recorder
    in the car just in case he called into some show.

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