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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Live Tea-Bagging On Fox

Of course this was going to happen.

Planners of the National Tea Party Convention, billed as a coming together for the conservative grassroots groups who sprang up in anti-stimulus protests last year, announced late Sunday that they would broadcast main parts of the convention, including the keynote by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday night.


Jed Lewison at DailyKos points out that Fox"News" has a way to deflect some of the criticism that would rightfully be leveled at them - as they are more of a political action network instead of a strictly news outfit. Their weapon against this is that Palin is now on the Fox"News" payroll, so they are sort of "obligated" to show this.

This, however, doesn't cover up the fact that they continue to be a promotional arm of the Tea-Bagger movement.

The convention in Nashville, aside from it connections with Fox"News" now, isn't without other controversies. From prominent politicians, like Michelle Bachman, backing out to people complaining about the cost of tickets on down to Sarah Palin's monstrous speaking fee, the weekend will surely provide some great discussion material.

But here's my question - what happened to no media allowed? Well that all changed last month, so Fox"News" was already going to be there. All one has to do is take a look at the list of outlets deemed worthy to sit at the feet of eager Tea-Baggers and interview them and it's easy to tell how this event will be spun. I'm guessing half the reports are already written, considering we won't be learning anything about these poor saps that paid almost $600 just so they could show up.

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