“Terrorists!” “Racists!” “Mass murderers!” For five years, the Tea Party has been the American media’s favorite target. The crime? Pushing back against ObamaCare, the $787 billion stimulus and Big Government. Tea Partiers attacked so many decaying liberal beliefs that it looked like a “Walking Dead” episode.
From the Feb. 27, 2009, launch, Tea Party protests grew from more than 40 cities to a political force around the nation and in Washington. Journalists labeled the Tea Party “homophobic,” “wingnuts” and many things far worse. The media tried to link Tea Partiers to the attack on then-Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, D-Ariz., and the Aurora theater shooting.
On Tax Day, April 15, 2009, CNN’s Susan Roesgen flipped out and called the Tea Party: “anti-tax,” “anti-CNN” and “not really family viewing,” and she said the event was “highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”