One particularly brutal rejoinder comes from Noel Sheppard of the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters blog. Sheppard notes that one year ago, Rich wrote a column about “pseudopopulism,” in which the New York Times columnist declared that the response to Rick Santelli’s CNBC “tea party” rant had “fizzled.” Sheppard writes:
So, on March 1, 2009, Rich declared the Tea Party movement dead.
Should anyone care what he has to say about it or any of its members now?
In the span of a single year, then, Rich has gone from declaring the Tea Party movement a fizzle to denouncing it as a menace to public safety.