Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tea Party Take Aim at Mainstream Media

The "tea party" movement is back.

Groups of conservative protesters opposed to massive government spending are taking to the streets again, this time targeting the media.

The "Can You Hear Us Now" rallies are planned for Saturday in front of NBC studios in Burbank, CNN in Atlanta and affiliate stations of NBC, ABC and CBS across the nation.

"American citizens outraged by President Obama and the actions of Congress have set their sights on a new target -- the so-called mainstream media -- with tea-party protests now set to boil in front of more than 30 press offices across the U.S.," the lead organizing group, FaxDC, wrote in a press release.

Organizers are encouraging protesters to also rally outside of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other prominent newspapers.

The rallies are just the latest in a series of public displays of voter outrage, dating back at least to April, when simultaneous "tea parties" were held around the country, largely in protest of President Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill.

Anti-spending sentiment was heard in the uproar at town hall meetings held by lawmakers in August and in a march on Washington last month when the key issue was health care reform. Since then, the demonstrations have grown to include a broad range of grievances, while drawing accusations that they are grounded partly in racism and raising fears that they could incite violence -- criticisms that protest leaders deny.

It is not clear who is leading Saturday's protests. A so-called "webmaster" who didn't identify himself, launched his Web site on Sept. 15. He urged protesters to spread word of the demonstrations through tea party groups, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and message boards.

"Some people messaged me and asked why not a more symbolic day," he said in a press release. "I say, why shouldn't we be the ones to make it a symbolic day, a day in history the press will never forget?"

The anonymous leader said he's not an activist, just one guy.

"I have no sponsors, no bankroll, no agenda -- except to help put a nail in the mainstream-media coffin," he said.


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