I disagree with them, in that they're comparing apples to oranges: the million-man-march was a single national event in the capital, versus many smaller gatherings. Also, they're comparing a 12-month period versus single-event coverage.
(apparently there was a big event on September 12, 2009 and Beck was behind it, so... yeah... well... )
Let alone the fact that the entire movement was conceived with FOX news pushing it from day 1, and the fact that they have a cable network cheerleading the entire thing...
I did find something I agreed with, though:
Here’s another issue too: There is an elitism factor at play as well here. Let’s face it. The NY-Washington media corridor loves credentials. If you have a Masters Degree from Princeton or a Doctorate from Columbia then you have “media street cred”. If you went to Community College somewhere in rural Georgia you are looked at differently in the eyes of the media. It’s just a fact. The heart of Tea Party movement is made up average, ordinary, real Americans. I’m not saying you won’t find a few Princeton graduates in the crowd but the media has a tendency to judge people and so you have that bias at play here as well.
This snippet is closer to the truth - and shows that we're talking about culture differences here, at heart.
Edited by Michael Hardner, 28 April 2010 - 09:00 AM.