Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Distorted View

I came across a letter to the editor in today's copy of the St Petersburg Times that sums up quickly and clearly about what is wrong with the mainstream media. It concerns an article in the same paper on March 9 by reporter David Brooks. I didn't read that story but I get the idea that he was writing a negative story about the Tea Party movement. Here is the response by Winnie Bayon from Palm Harbor, Florida.

David Brooks misses the point in his zeal to label the Tea Partiers as radical and similar to the New Left.

As with the rest of the compliant mainstream media, he fails to do the research to understand that most people in the Tea Party movement are just trying to get the country and the government back to the vision of the original framers of the U.S. Constitution.

There are radicals in every movement, but the Tea Partiers, for the most part, are not antigovernment and antiestablishment but anti-large government, anti-"Big Brother" and antispending.

The problem is that the mainstream media so disregard the Tea Party movement that they can't bring themselves to report the real motivations of those who make up the movement.

If Brooks could objectively get back in the trenches and interview some of these Tea Partiers, he would find that most are not radical at all but normal everyday people who have been awakened by the frightening reality of the radical make-up of the Obama administration and its unending thirst for control and spending. 

That just about sums up perfectly how today's media report only how they see it and their personal political views. I'm not trying to convert anyone to join the Tea Party movement or change your political views. I just want to point out that we need to have an even playing field when it comes to political news reporting. Just cover the facts like the old days. The who, what, when, where, and how. The reporters and broadcasters need to leave their personal political views at home and just tell the facts. Period.

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