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More Creative Reporting About Tea Party Movement

In an effort to spread their own views about Tea Partiers, the Washington Post today creates a story today out of thin material (their own poll) about how the "movement is struggling to overcome accusations of racism.

By on 5.5.10 | 10:49AM

In an effort to spread their own views about Tea Partiers, the Washington Post today creates a story today out of thin material (their own poll) about how the "movement is struggling to overcome accusations of racism":

In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, most Americans see the movement as motivated by distrust of government, opposition to the policies of Obama and the Democratic Party, and broad concern about the economy. But nearly three in 10 see racial prejudice as underlying the tea party.

Who knows what "underlying" means, but 30 percent see racial prejudice as a factor? You think that might equate with the percentage of strident, big-government-loving liberals among the population? Big surprise! And then this:

Supporters and opponents alike say the movement draws its strength from opposition to Obama's policies, but they split deeply on the race question, according to the poll: About 61 percent of tea party opponents say racism has a lot to do with the movement, a view held by just 7 percent of tea party supporters.

What idiocy. It's supposed to be news that those who disagree strongly with tea partiers believe the worst about them? We know that already from liberals' liberal use of the "teabaggers" slur. Meanwhile only seven percent (who knows how the question was posed) who might have some agreement with the tea party movement think there are tinges of racism within the ranks? That's not hard to imagine considering that's the picture that media outlets like the Post want to paint. Unfortunately there are still just enough gullible consumers of the formerly mainstream media to buy into it.

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