The online magazine Slate, owned by the Washington Post, has not been kind to "Tea Party" conservatives. In April, Slate writer Ron Rosenbaum asserted the Tea Party was founded on "fraudulent history and distorted language." Earlier this month, Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg described Tea Party types as advocating "anarchism." And David Weigel seriously debated whether they were "more angry or more gullible."
But reality much be catching up to Slate reporters. In Friday's Slate, Angela Tchou and David Weigel published "Tea Party Agitprop," a slide-show of "anti-Obama T-shirts and posters from this month's Tea Party protest in Washington." Though Slate seemingly would have the incentive to reproduce the most radical and/or racist photos, the 16 images were legitimate criticism mostly centered on the President's high-cost/low-return economic policies. None were remotely close to the standard "Bush-is-stupid," Bush-is-Hitler" nonsense that dominated progressive protests against the previous President. The most risque images in Slate's slide-show were variations on last-year's Obama "Joker" poster which, few remember, was created by a bored college history major, not a right-wing racist.
To be fair, Weigel previously concluded that Tea Party activists were not racists--sort of:
It's a phenomenon that some activists call "nutpicking"--send a cameraman into a protest and he'll focus on the craziest sign. Yes, there are racists in the Tea Party, and they make themselves known. But Tea Party activists usually root them out.But if Tchou and Weigel's most recent post re-published "the craziest sign[s]," the Tea Party's not radical, or nutty, at all. Rather, that role is played by the mainstream media.
(via reader Warren, American Prospect)