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    The Left's Coordinated Message Operation
    By Robert Stacy McCain on 4.12.09 @ 5:37PM


    American Spectator readers are probably familiar with the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party rallies being planned for Wednesday. Readers may be less familiar with the attempt by left-wing propagandists (like Jane Hamsher) to dismiss the Tea Party movement as being ginned up by Fox News, "Corporate America" and the usual suspects of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. The transparent object of this propaganda effort by the Left is to discourage coverage for the Tea Party movement by their liberal friends in the mainstream media.

    Speaking as an ex-Democrat, I can say that nothing creates more ex-Democrats than the habitual deceit practiced by the Left in its efforts to control the Democratic Party and to conceal those efforts from scrutiny. Eventually you discover the truth and the realization that you have been bamboozled makes you angry.

    It is no coincidence (as a Marxist might say) that many of the staunchest and most effective opponents of the Left are people like David Horowitz, the "Red Diaper" son of Communist Party parents, raised within the Left. And it is worth remembering that Ronald Reagan was himself a self-described "bleeding heart" liberal (he actually joined two Commie front groups) before he was forced to confront the deceptive machinations of the Communist Party in its effort to take over Hollywood.

    A few weeks ago, it was revealed that the Left has been manipulating the national news media via an online communication loop called "JournoList." As someone who follows political blogs closely, I had noticed how successful the Left was at (a) getting its favorite narratives picked up by the national media, and (b) discouraging coverage of narratives unfavorable to Democrats. Conservatives have long speculated on the role of back-channel communications between "progressive" activists and sympathetic journalists in this sort of coordinated messaging operation. The JournoList revelation exposed one of those back channels; that there are many others is easily inferred.

    So you can imagine my reaction when I spotted Steve Benen of Washington Monthly pushing an anti-Tea Party message by Oliver Willis of Media Matters. Willis did a straight-up ad hominem attack, comparing the supposedly phony Tea Party protests to the authentic grassroots activism of the protests against the Iraq War.

    Make. Me. Laugh.

    And now cue the army of anonymous leftoid trollbots in the comments

    http://spectator.org/blog/2009/04/12...inated-message


    See also : http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeff-po...e-his-cnn-show



    I do not believe that the tea parties are directly aimed at President Obama or the majority Democrat party.

    The tea parties are reaction to a government in general -- Democrats, Republicans and others -- that views working Americans as a bottomless well of money to be used for any and all manner of government programs.

    While I am personally coming from a fiscal conservative/social moderate viewpoint, I have major problems with how both major parties have approached spending over the past 20 years. It is a proven fact, that as government as a whole chews up more of a country's GDP, the less prosperity there is for the country as a whole.

    There is also a growing anger over the process of government. A few years back, legislative rules were suspended in order to try to ram through immigration reform that was very clearly at odds with what the majority of the American electorate wanted. And more recently, we have a House and Senate that assembled the biggest spending bill in the history of the world and put it onto a hurry-up-and-vote timetable that made it impossible to read beforehand. This is nothing other than dereliction of the public trust.

    If you think I'm wrong, consider that the stimulus bill included the language that effectively greenlighted the payment of bonuses to AIG and that this should have been a shameful embarrassment to those who later demonized these bonuses and the executives receiving them. How can they complain, when they voted to authorize the payments in the first place?

    In a nutshell, the tea parties are a symbol of growing recognition that government -- at all levels, regardless of party doctrine -- is absolutely out of control.

    I think it is reasonable to question whether the tea parties will accomplish anything. At this point, they seem to be more about blowing off steam, but I think this fledgling movement could ultimately prove to be very constructive. Much of what is wrong with government today is a result of an electorate that has been largely disengaged from the process for several decades. Now, more people are paying attention and making an effort to come together and express their concerns about the direction and scope of the governing class.

    While this is only a tentative awakening, it is one that should cause genuine concern for the political establishment that has prospered massively from an apathetic and inattentive electorate.
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    I really wish I could attend! I seen on our local news there is a tea party in Findlay and Tiffin. They are popping up everywhere! Wonder what kind of news coverage will be on? That will be the closest I get, Dang it! If it wasn't my last day of work I would call off lol. But after the 15th I am unemployed again. And will be looking for a job like the rest of America.
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    I'm so sorry to hear of your job situation.
    I hope the economy recovers real soon.


    The tea parties are way overdue, we have all had parents who took the attitude they couldn't do anything to stop the over taxation and overspending by our elected officials. Apathy is what creates situations that get out of control. Get involved and make this country a better place for your children.
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    Please email your senators and represtative and send them this link
    http://www.teapartyday.com/
    let them know the people hired them and the people can fire them. Let them know the people are angry.

    This link will give you a way to contact your representative and even contact the speaker.
    https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

    This link is for your senators

    http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm

    This one is a link to the white house
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/administra...esident_Obama/

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    Just to remind everyone about the tea parties tomorrow. Tomorrow I won't have a chance to remind you.
    Although they looked very similar I updated the link in my signature to the site that I gave yesterday.
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    Anti-tax protesters turn out for dreaded April 15
    22 mins ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Protesters around the country are gearing up to rally against tax day with "tea parties."

    Organizers say they're steamed at government spending since President Barack Obama's administration took over and are planning their own mini-revolts. The rallies are designed to echo the original Boston Tea Party more than 235 years ago.

    The demonstrations are being held everywhere from Kentucky, which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol, to South Carolina, where the governor has repeatedly criticized the stimulus package. Large protests also are expected in California, New York and Atlanta.

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    On the Net:

    http://taxdayteaparty.com/



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090415/...AK2gXq64EEtbAF
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    Let me give you three reasons to go out and be a part of a Tax Day Tea Party TODAY:

    • If you’re a 50-year old-with a college degree, you will pay approximately $81,000 over your working life just to pay the interest on the debt in the Obama budget.

    • If you’re a 40-year-old, you’ll pay $132,000.

    • And if you’re a 20-year-old, just starting out after college, you will pay a whopping $114,000 just to service the interest on the debt created by the Obama budget.


    To find a Tax Day Tea Party to attend today, visit http://www.taxdayteaparty.com or http://www.teapartyday.com.




    Double Standards ?

    IRS workers see double standard on tax errors[/i]
    By Tom Hamburger and Ralph Vartabedian | Tribune Newspapers
    April 15, 2009 [/i]

    The Treasury secretary, who oversees the IRS, didn't pay all his taxes. Neither did five other top nominees for the Obama administration, or their spouses.

    Now, as Wednesday's tax deadline looms, some Americans are wondering why they should comply with the arcane requirements of the Internal Revenue Service when top administration officials failed to do the same. Even some IRS employees are upset at what they see as a double standard.

    The most criticized example has been Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who admitted not paying $34,000 in payroll and Social Security taxes, saying his failure to pay was an oversight. Five other nominees disclosed similar tax issues, including one as recently as two weeks ago when Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama's pick for secretary of health and human services, admitted she didn't pay $7,040.

    "Our members are upset and angry," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, referring to concern bubbling up within the IRS over unusually strict rules that can cost agents their jobs if they make a mistake. In some cases, IRS employees have lost jobs for simply filing a late return or failing to report a few hundred dollars of interest income.

    In an interview Tuesday, Kelley said the Geithner case underlines the need for a change of the rules governing IRS employees.

    "My issue is not that I want Geithner or anyone else punished," Kelley said. "I want there to be a re-examination of the law that holds IRS employees to a separate standard: one in which a simple mistake can cost them their jobs with no right of appeal."

    Robert Schriebman, a California tax lawyer who has testified before Congress, said his clients are seething over the tough treatment they get from the IRS, while some in the president's Cabinet apparently were able to duck paying their taxes.

    "Politically powerful people are less likely to get bothered by the IRS," Schriebman said. "It is more than a question of fairness. Not only is the IRS looking away from confronting influential people, the IRS is getting a lot tougher and nastier toward the little guy."

    IRS employees have reported that taxpayers are occasionally citing the Geithner case when they are asked to pay their tax bills. "It's making the compliance conversation harder," Kelley said.

    Geithner's $34,000 in unpaid taxes pales in comparison to the more than $128,000 owed by Tom Daschle, Obama's first choice to run health and human services. But Geithner's position overseeing the IRS has made his case particularly galling in the public's mind.

    IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told reporters Monday that there is no discrimination when it comes to tax enforcement.

    "The American people are pretty smart," he said. "They understand that people who are nominated for high office are going to be put under a level of scrutiny. They also understand the tax code is incredibly complex."

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,6037514.story
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    In my little hometown

    http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/conte...ex.html?p=4024

    Attendees scaled playground equipment for a view Wednesday afternoon at the southwest coroner of Lincoln Park as a crowd estimated by organizers as pushing 2,000 heard a series of speakers take aim at President Barack Obama.

    “How many people have been screaming at the television the past few months?” organizer Todd Braley yelled into a public address system, which blasted several songs including 1980’s rock anthem “We’re Not Going To Take It” between speakers including Mesa County Commissioners Craig Meis and Janet Rowland.

    “I watched all the hippies protest and now they’re in charge,” said Lee Porter, 70, a retiree from Fruita who showed up Wednesday with a pair of symbolic tea bags hanging from his eyeglasses.

    Dennis White, a spokesman for gjresult.com, the group behind Wednesday’s tax protest “Tea Party” rally in Grand Junction, estimated the crowd was pushing 500 people by 11 a.m., a full hour before the event’s scheduled start.

    White and company pegged the crowd around 2,000 by the end of the roughly hour-and-a-half rally.

    “(Parks and Recreation staff) thought that wasn’t a bad estimate,” said Grand Junction city spokeswoman Sam Rainguet.

    Read the full story in the Thursday edition of The Daily Sentinel, or overnight online at GJSentinel.com.
    The oil is all in Texas, but the dipsticks are in D.C.

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    I am watching the Glenn Beck show at the Alamo Tea Party. I was interested in how the other networks were covering it so I turned to MSNBC. Guess what they are showing---a news show on RADICAL RIGHT WING WACKOS. LOL, talking about how right wing people are going to cause trouble.

    The Tea Parties have just as many Dems as Repubs at them. The Tea Party is for all tax payers and both are turning out.

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    I watched this on CNN this morning. It was hilarious to see the reporter start arguing with the people in the crowd. One exchange went this way:

    CNN: Why are you protesting?

    Protester: High Taxes and Govt. Spending.

    CNN: But don't you want to get a refund from Obama and the Govt.?

    Protester: Not if we have high debts and more job losses.

    CNN: But you should want the government money?

    Protester: I want the government to stop spending.

    CNN: Well, it looks like we just have a bunch of white, angry people that do not know what they are protesting.
    http://pogger.wordpress.com/2009/04/...y-watch-video/

    That is not a joke, she actually said this. It was funny to see her try and argue instead of report.


    A Tax Day Tea Party cheat sheet:
    How it all started

    By Michelle Malkin
    April 15, 2009 08:14 AM


    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/15...t-all-started/


    For the Johnny-Come-Latelys in the MSM who will be dispatched by their editors to file obligatory stories about the hundreds of Tax Day Tea Party protests across the country today, here is a cheat sheet to get you up to speed.

    Feb. 15: Keli Carender, who blogs as “Liberty Belle” spread the word about a grass-roots protest she was organizing in Seattle to raise her voice against the passage of the trillion-dollar stimulus/porkulus/Generational Theft Act of 2009. It’s the first time she had ever jumped into political organizing of any kind. She is not affiliated with any “corporate lobbyist” or think tank or national taxpayers’ organization. She’s a young conservative mom who blogs. Amazingly, she turned around the event in a few days all on her own by reaching out on the Internet, to her local talk station, and to anyone who would listen.

    Feb. 16: An energetic crowd of about 100 people came downtown to lambaste the Chicken Little process and the lard-up of the stimulus bill:

    Word of the Seattle protest spread across the blogosphere. Readers suggested there should be a Denver protest on Feb. 17 to greet President Obama for the porkulus signing. Separately, the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity was already working to put something together on the fly. I met the head of the state AFP for the first time on the steps of the Capitol. No conspiracy here, tinfoil hatters. It was a union of like minds in an impromptu show of outrage against the legislation-without-deliberation process in Washington. Also there: Jon Caldara of the libertarian Independence Institute on one end of the spectrum and Tom Tancredo on the strict immigration enforcement end (hundreds of the protesters were mad about the absence of E-Verify standards for the stimulus funding):

    Speaking of pigs, you can’t leave out the tax-and-spend revolt campaign against Chuck Schumer in response to his arrogant statement that only the “chattering classes” cared about the “teeny, tiny” pork amendments in the Generational Theft Act. Local radio host Leland Conway in Kentucky called on listeners to send Schumer pork rinds. A mountain of 1,500 bags poured into the station on Feb. 16 and was shipped to Schumer:



    On Feb. 18, 500 fed-up taxpayers showed up in Mesa, AZ to oppose President Obama’s campaign for massive expansions of the government mortgage entitlement and to mock what SC Gov. Mark Sanford rightly called savior-based economics. No top-down organization. Just the effort of local talk radio station KFYI. No Beltway GOP involvement. Zero national media coverage. But reader Al Swanson shared his photos with us here:

    On Feb. 19, reader Amanda Grosserode e-mailed that she was organizing a tax revolt protest in Overland Park, KS the following weekend. More than 400 people showed up in freezing weather to protest Rep. Dennis Moore’s vote for the bill. Glenn Reynolds did the reporting the MSM didn’t do.


    On Feb. 19, CNBC’s Rick Santelli issued his now-famous “Tea Party” call — prompted, many people forget, by Obama’s mortgage entitlement expansion plans (proposals I’ve protested whether from Democrats or moron Republicans):

    David Hogberg of Investor’s Business Daily was the first MSM reporter to cover the burgeoning tax revolt protests. Here’s an excerpt of what Hogberg wrote on Feb. 20:

    To be sure, the protest sizes so far are a far cry from the left’s anti-globalization and anti-war demonstrations of the past decade. But they appear to have grass-roots origins. The organizer of the Kansas protest, Amanda Grosserode, calls herself a home-schooling mom who is “fed up” with the spending in Washington. She has been a member of Fair Tax Kansas City since last fall.

    “My husband and I were feeling frustrated that the stimulus had passed with very little debate and no one had read it,” she told IBD. “I said, ‘We need to do something.’”

    She began contacting family and friends, and eventually received attention via Fair Tax Kansas City and local talk radio.

    …Liberal supporters of the stimulus don’t see the demonstrations having much impact.

    “These protests are probably ideological rather than practical,” said Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future.

    He wishes.

    On Feb. 21, the grass-roots Internet group, Top Conservatives on Twitter, founded by Michael Patrick Leahy and powered by Rob Neppell, announced “simultaneous local tea parties around the country, beginning in Chicago, and including Washington DC, Fayetteville NC, San Diego CA, Omaha Nebraska, and dozens of other locations” on Feb. 27. Patrik Jonsson of the Christian Science Monitor was one of the rare national MSM reporters who attended one of the tea parties (Atlanta) and provided a fair and balanced look at protesters mad at both parties:

    To be sure, the federal spending package includes tax cuts for most Americans, and Obama has promised to eventually halve a US deficit the Democrats have largely blamed on the Bush administration.

    But protesters like Kevin Tanner of South Dakota said deficit spending by both parties has unnerved Americans. “The Republicans have their own problems because we elected them and they didn’t do what we wanted,” says Mr. Tanner.

    Many protesters expressed a sense that basic American freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are threatened by new Washington policies seen by many as more socialistic than capitalistic. The proposed taxpayer bailout of homeowners who may have inflated their earnings in order to secure mortgages is one example, says Jeff Crawford, a protester from Dacula, Ga.

    “The first year after the Mayflower arrived, the colonists tried a communal method of storing and sharing food and it failed miserably,” says Mr. Crawford. “Why are things any different now?”
    Eighteenth-century symbolism was rife at the Atlanta event as speakers drew comparisons with the Boston patriots who dumped the King’s tea in Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation, an act that began the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.

    Some kids at the Atlanta protest wore tri-cornered hats, and one held a sign that said, “When I grow up I want to be free.”

    In Tampa, two dozen protesters held handwritten signs with slogans like “Keep Your Bailout; I’ll Keep My Freedom.” About 300 people showed up in 25-degree weather in Wichita, Kansas, and someone brought a pig.

    In St. Louis, local media expected about 50 people to show up while actual turnout surged to over 1,000 people.

    An Internet-based coalition spearheaded by TCOT, Smart Girl Politics, and the DontGoMovement formed to coordinate today’s Tax Day Tea Party. It is a totally unprecedented phenomenon that no Beltway GOP guru or elected leader can claim credit for. The grass-roots coalition has held open planning meetings on BlogTalkRadio every week and maintained the transparency that Washington abandoned during TARP/porkulus/budget process. They’ve spent weeks helping first-time political activists get connected, obtain permits, and learn the ropes.

    Along the way, many different taxpayers’ groups, talk show hosts, individuals, and websites have stepped up to the plate to pitch in.

    And along the way, detractors have fumbled and bumbled over how to discredit the Tea Party organizers — first blaming a cabal tied to CNBC, then jeering at the amateurishness of the participants before crying “astroturf,” then claiming the events were “financed by Fox News” or (fill-in-the-blank) conservative conspiracy, then smearing the protesters as crazed gun nuts (FNC’s Bob Beckel) and racists (FNC’s Geraldo Rivera).

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if MSM coverage refrained from parroting all the lazy, groundless, uninformed canards and reported the simple truth?

    ***

    The good news is there’s no need to rely on the drive-by media. Live Tax Day Tea Party video coverage at the Bcast. You can upload your Tea Party statement on C-SPAN’s website here.

    Instapundit will be all over the story. And, of course, stay tuned right here, where I’ll be blogging/reporting from Sacramento and on FNC/FBN with Neil Cavuto’s live broadcasts.



    Great idea: Several readers e-mail that they are holding food drives at their Tea Parties. Reader SG writes:

    TOP TEN ITEMS NEEDED:
    Canned meats/fish/poultry
    Canned/Packaged Meals
    Peanut Butter
    Cereal
    Soups
    Canned Vegetables
    Canned Fruits
    100% Juices
    Pasta and Pasta Sauces
    Diapers
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    Quote:
    CNN: Why are you protesting?

    Protester: High Taxes and Govt. Spending.

    CNN: But don't you want to get a refund from Obama and the Govt.?

    Protester: Not if we have high debts and more job losses.

    CNN: But you should want the government money?

    Protester: I want the government to stop spending.

    CNN: Well, it looks like we just have a bunch of white, angry people that do not know what they are protesting.

    ================================================== ===============
    OMG, imagine her saying that about a black protest on something. This is why those networks are not making the ratings. No one is watching their hypocrisy.

    I am sure there are many black people there, they don't want to be overtaxed either.

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