Networks ignore tea party ‘Audit the IRS’ rally in DC

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

On Wednesday, the tea party movement marched on Washington in support of the “Audit the IRS” rally. An event that had a long list of notable speakers, to include U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, plus conservative Glenn Beck.

Nonetheless, as reported by Media Research Center, the “Big Three” national networks ABC, NBC and CBS all punted on covering the rally on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning newscasts.

“CBS This Morning” played a four-second soundbite of Sen. Cruz addressing the thousands of tea party activists in attendance, but CBS, along with ABC and NBC, didn’t air a full report or news brief on the protest, MRC reported.

Following a well worn script, MRC informs us that besides the Cruz clip, CBS News also put up a minute and a half montage on its website that singled out some of the more outlandish demonstrators at the anti-IRS demonstration.

All of which is eerily reminiscent of Sept. 12, 2009, when as many as 1.5 million tea party activists stormed Capitol Hill. A phenomenon that was ignored by the major media outlets in the country, for the most part.

What little media coverage there was, outside of Fox News, was dismissive and mocking. Comically, crowd estimates came in around 75,000, even though the roads leading into the city were shut down, prompting Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who spoke that day, to say “you have redefined gridlock in Washington, D.C.”

In the end, much like comedian Rodney Dangerfield, it’s clear the tea party just can’t get no respect from the nation’s media.

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Tom Tillison

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