"Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that... They are now dependent upon immigrant bashing, and hating the black guy in the White House. Will people act on that? It's not new, but Fox doesn't mind fomenting it. Michelle Bachman doesn't mind fomenting it. Glen Beck doesn't mind fomenting it... but what have they got if they don't have this?"
~Janeane Garaofalo, 4/16 MSNBC.
Note to Rupert Murdoch: Janeane Garofalo your d-lister on "24" needs to have her mouth washed out with soap, she should be spanked, and her parents should be called to take her home early today. She has slandered your broadcast network, doesn't seem to understand the difference between your news operation and the entertainment company that writes her paycheck, and is perhaps one of the more vile human beings to ever call herself an American.
But enough with her best qualities.
The angry and ignorant woman slandered the more than 1 million plus people who took part in the planning of, the carrying out of, and the participation of the Tea Parties that have sent the message with clarity and boldness to Washington DC that the taxation and spending will stop. In addition to that she lies a lot.
Of the Americans who gathered, made signs and protested the new spending policies of both the current and previous administration, and additionally the new tax policies of the current one, Garofalo brazenly stated, that such protests were racist. Which certainly explains the large number of ethnicities present in the Tea Parties across the nation last Wednesday.
Beyond that Garofalo continued with the sort of inexplicable obsessive commentary carried exclusively on MSNBC that continually referred to the sexual act of dipping testicles into one's mouth. The act, known as tea-bagging, was banter for MSNBC host Rachel Maddow--who seems to prefer women, as well as the femininely challenged Garofalo among others.
But liberal media and pop culture icons were not to be outdone by actual representatives elected to office in the People's House. Nancy Pelosi labeled the grassroots that put the 2800+ rallies together as "astroturf." Illinois lawmaker Jan Shakowsky slandered the Chicagoans who participated (in addition to the rest of the nation) as "despicable" and "shameful."
CNN and MSNBC attempted to pretend that the tea parties weren't happening. The White House lied to the American people saying the President was completely unaware of them. And some elected officials who were the worst offenders, tried unpersuasive methods of labeling the tea party events as organized by Fox News, big corporate interests, or even most laughably the GOP.
CNN was eventually labeled as irresponsible for not providing coverage of the events, by Howard Kurtz as well as Lou Dobbs two of its leading voices. On the actual day Fox News scored a ratings coup by leveraging 200,000 more viewers than all the rest of the cable news universe combined. One last joke with the numbers, the AP and other national liberal media attempted to put the nationwide turnout at less than 250,000.
Pajamas Media (PJTV) was able to get "citizen cams" at only some of the events and had turn-out estimates from their coverage alone at more than 500,000. Yet PJTV was unable to cover even half the total number of 2800+ events that were organized.