Monday, April 26, 2010

Time to Drop Tea Party Fig Leaf

Now that the New York Times has published its poll of tea-baggers, it's time for a tea party name-change -- to the Republican Party.

The poll found that tea baggers are simply Republicans using a different name.

According to the Times:

"They do not want a third party and say they usually or almost always vote Republican. The percentage holding a favorable opinion of former President George W. Bush, at 57 percent, almost exactly matches the percentage in the general public that holds an unfavorable view of him."

Despite the poll, Michigan media will continue to refer to the group as Tea Partiers. The only way the media can justify its overblown coverage of this minority is to let them describe themselves as some new phenomenon.

What would be the news value of covering a Republican rally, after all? Call it a Tea Party rally and it's suddenly exciting.

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