Party foes plot vs. ‘racists, morons’ – [UPDATED]

Everyone’s going to crash the tea party:

“Tea Party foes, bent on making the conservative group’s members appear to be “homophobes, racists or morons,” say they’ll be crashing Tea Party demonstrations nationwide this week.”

via Party foes plot vs. ‘racists, morons’ –

Even WikiPedia is crashing the party, with an exhaustively-referenced entry on Tea Party protests.

The AP piece published in The Boston Herald is not about the call to “crash the tea party” circulating within the anarchist community, about which I’ve written previously (here and here). Rather, it looks at a group called “Crash The Tea Party!,” whose founder the article identifies as Jason Levin. Their website provides little information beyond what is in the article, along with FaceBook and Twitter links. The group describes itself as:

A nationwide network of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are all sick and tired of that loose affiliation of racists, homophobes, and morons; who constitute the fake grass-roots movement which calls itself “The Tea Party.”

AP asked Levin about his views on Tea Party members:

“Do I think every member of the Tea Party is a homophobe, racist or a moron? No, absolutely not,” Levin said. “Do I think most of them are homophobes, racists or morons? Absolutely.”

Unfortunately, the article from the Associated Press published in the Boston Herald is subtly slanted against the protest, and in favor of the Tea Party. It opens, in the headline, by using the critical term “plot” to position the piece negatively, and after the lead, quickly moves to belittle these “foes” of the Tea Party:

It’s unclear if anyone associated with will crash tomorrow’s rally on Boston Common. Founder Jason Levin couldn’t be reached yesterday and was reportedly traveling.

The article then ends with the statement that “Tea Party members said the backlash comes from ignorance,” and backs this up with quotes from Tea Party members – thus bookending the piece with items that cast doubt on those wishing to “crash the tea party.” In between, there is nothing but a couple of quotes from Levin. No attempt was made to situate Levin or his group/website within the broader context of serious resistance to the Tea Party movement – as evidenced in material discussed in previous posts and in that exhaustively-referenced WikiPedia entry.

UPDATE: See also The Tea Parties: Built on Fear, Violence and Race Resentment | News & Politics | AlterNet.


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