Tea for two dozen, but coffee for two hundred thousand

by editor on April 26, 2010

Consider this story to be an object lesson in media bias. Bias against conservative tea parties and in favor of liberal coffee parties.

This is a typical photo of the handful of “coffee parties” that popped up in opposition to the success of the massive “tea parties” that were held from coast to coast. Nine people. Not what you’d call a big success.

coffee party

Yet here’s how Newsweek reported the story:

When Annabel Park imagined what it would be like to head a new national political movement, here is what she had in mind: a coming together of engaged, intelligent citizens who had tired of the angry rhetoric and accusations of the Tea Partiers; Americans of all political persuasions joining in a spirit of equanimity to discuss the nation’s problems, and maybe even share a laugh. It was this beautiful vision that danced in Park’s head on a recent Saturday as she made her way to Busboys and Poets, a cafe in Washington, D.C., for one of nearly 500 Coffee Party meetings taking place nationwide that day.

…All of a sudden Park was a political leader—of what, she didn’t quite know—and the target of right-wing fury. Conservative bloggers unearthed—scandal!—that she had once briefly worked for The New York Times and supported Sen. Jim Webb, a moderate Democrat from Virginia. One online commenter accused her of being a “Chinese agent.” The notoriety didn’t really hurt: the group now has more than 200,000 members, and every status update Park posts gets about a million views.

Got that? A handful of people at a handful of coffee parties is somehow extrapolated into a movement of 200,000.

And just for comparison purposes, here’s the CNN report that turned a tea party crowd of 20,000 people in Searchlight, Nevada into a mere “dozens or hundreds.”

Liberal media bias?

What do you think?

Source: Newsweek

9
Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
5 Comment threads
4 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
KimmyQueenBurnbeforeeatingJoeKimmyQueenPittsburgh Z Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
Notify of
Burnbeforeeating
Guest
Burnbeforeeating

The coffee party facebook group has 200,000 members.

Burnbeforeeating
Guest
Burnbeforeeating

How can there be 200,000 people in the facebook group, yet her updates get 1 million views?

KimmyQueen
Guest
KimmyQueen

Coffee is typically used for enemas and colonics… Just saying.

(I can play that game too ACORN lady)

Now with that said, they don’t know what their platform is about or what they are against… only that they are against the right and the tea parties. That is so lame. They are opposed to the opposition of the government ( and taxation and other core issues). ???!! Freaks.

Joe
Member
Joe

Did you not see the sign? They want to end privatization. That’s what they are for. I think they should lead by example and give up any private property they own to the government (or me). Seriously, end privatization…. they have to be nuts.

KimmyQueen
Member

“All of a sudden Park was a political leader—of what, she didn’t quite know—and the target of right-wing fury.” That is where I was coming from. I saw the sign it means nothing because in the article it is described that the “leader” didn’t really know what she was for.

Pittsburgh Z
Guest
Pittsburgh Z

You sure don’t want to pan out and show a wide shot of that crowd…because then it would show more than a few dozen people…..

CNN…..I bet there were more people at that rally than watching your coverage at the time.

Dee Mac
Member
Dee Mac

I think I have been under counted again. They can go ahead and continue this, it makes the libs complacent because they think someone else is carrying their water. It makes those of us who were there – at various Tea Parties – mad and we just keep on spreading the word. Grassroots which are truly organic are hard to stop just by ignoring them.

Hopefully, the coffee people will continue to stay home in droves. Maybe Congress should consider absence since they would get better press judging by CNN’s coverage.

TDK
Guest
TDK

I spy with my little eye, a sea of white faces. Ergo they are racists

KimmyQueen
Guest
KimmyQueen

Exactly.