Gasp! I’m SHOCKED, just SHOCKED! LOL
What is new information is that Rasmussen Polls found that 1 out of every 5 Americans (24%) now consider themselves part of the Tea Party Movement!
Study: Networks Snub, Malign Tea Party Movement
As a nation-spanning “Tea Party Express” caravan plans to pull into Washington for a “tax day” rally on Thursday, a Rasmussen poll finds that the number of people who say they’re part of the tea party movement nationally has grown to 24%, up from 16% a month ago.
“The rise in tea party support is perhaps not surprising at a time when more voters than ever (58%) favor repeal of the national health care plan just passed by Democrats in Congress and signed into law by President Obama,” the pollster wrote.
The Media Research Center, a watchdog organization founded by conservative L. Brent Bozell III, compiled reams of statistics to support its findings about TV network coverage, among them:
- ABC, CBS and NBC aired 61 stories or segments on the anti-spending movement over a 12-month period, and most of that coverage is recent. “The networks virtually refused to recognize the tea party in 2009 (19 stories), with the level of coverage increasing only after Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts” in January, the report said, referring to the Republican’s win of the Senate seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy.
- Overall, 44% of the networks’ reports on the tea party suggested the movement reflected a fringe movement or a dangerous quality. “Signs and images at last weekend’s big tea party march in Washington and at other recent events have featured racial and other violent themes,” NBC anchorman Brian Williams said in a September report.
- Coverage of the movement pales in comparison with coverage of “protests serving liberal objectives,” the report said. For instance, the Nation of Islam’s “Million Man March” in 1995 garnered 21 evening news stories on the day of the march — more than the tea party demonstrations received in all of 2009.
No one from any of the three networks returned phone messages or e-mails seeking comment.
…Meanwhile, data from a Rasmussen Reports survey of 2,000 likely voters nationwide found that among those who consider themselves part of the tea party movement, 89% disapprove of Mr. Obama’s performance as president. 96% of those in the movement say America is overtaxed, and 94% “trust the judgment of the American people more than America’s political leaders,” the survey found.