Posted by Brad @ 3:54 pm on January 28th 2011

Michelle Bachmann’s Official Tea Party SOTU Response

Rachel Maddow dives into the question I kept asking on Tuesday – “how does this get billed, and covered, as the official Tea Party response?” – and comes to find that CNN partnered with a for-profit Republican consulting firm in literally manufacturing, and then aggrandizing, the event.

Maddow takes this as further evidence that the Tea Party is essentially an astroturf scam. She and I disagree there. But not in this specific instance. Bachmann is, of course, an attention whore, and the Tea Party Express was involved. But more and more, this seems to be a creation of CNN more than anybody.

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  1. I suppose this is inevitable when you have a group with no defined agenda or identifiable leadership. But GOD DAMN, it’s still worth getting pissed off about.

    And to hell with CNN. This is news-manufacturing, pure and simple, and there just isn’t any point in turning for reporting to an organization that pulls this kind of stunt.

    If a blogger had done it, the mainstream media would be awash with condemnation and claims of how this demonstrates the unprofessionalism of the new media. But, as James Earl Jones once put it, THIS IS CNN.

    Comment by Rojas — 1/28/2011 @ 4:06 pm

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