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WorldNetDaily reports that the estimated turnout for the over 1,000 TEA parties held on Tax Day is about 1 million.

1 million attend tea parties in 50 states

‘Obama has awakened a sleeping giant’


Posted: April 17, 2009
12:00 am Eastern

By Jerome Corsi and Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


Aerial view of Alamo tea party protest in San Antonio, Texas (photo: Texas Tea Parties)

An estimated 1 million Americans participated in at least 1,000 tea parties, according to reports by organizers tabulating the nationwide numbers, with documented protests held in 50 states.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform told WND, “The Obama administration has awakened a sleeping giant.”

Tax Day Tea Party national event coordinator Amy Kremer told WND she has confirmed that more than 850 parties took place. She has at least 100 more reports in her e-mail inbox that have not been posted.

Asked how many people attended the events, she responded, “I would estimate it at over 1 million. I’m waiting on more numbers to come in from organizers right now. I can tell you it is absolutely over 750,000 right now.”

The largest protests occurred in Atlanta, Ga., with 15,000 participants. As many as 10,000 protesters participating in Sacramento, Calif., and Overland Park, Kan., according to data compiled by Americans for Tax Reform on more than 207 tea parties.

Americans for Tax Reform has established an Internet page on the group’s website where organizers of tea parties can submit attendance estimates to be included in the running tally.

Michael DePrimo, special counsel to American Family Association President Tim Wildmon, told WND that AFA’s tea party website, Tea Party Day, had 2,031 confirmations that tea parties were to be held in as many cities.

“Since yesterday, we have had 394 cities give us reports, many with photographs, about the tea parties that were held,” he said. “We have not been able to get all the information up. We expect more to come in as the days go by.”

Glenn Beck reported yesterday on his Fox News program that official estimates of the participation in the Tea Party held in San Antonio, Texas, reached as many as 20,000 people.

The Glenn Beck show broadcast on Fox News live on April 15, from the Tea Party held at the Alamo in San Antonio.


Tea partiers in Sacramento, Calif. ( WND photo / Chelsea Schilling)

“The establishment in Washington, D.C., is terrified,” Norquist said. “There were no such demonstrations four months into the administrations of Democratic presidents Carter or Clinton.”

Norquist told WND that the Obama administration was taken by surprise by the nationwide protests because the administration had calculated increased government spending was supposed to be the popular part of President Obama’s economic stimulus plan.

Instead, Norquist said, the tea parties held in every state on Wednesday proved Americans nationwide are demonstrating in anger and disappointment against Obama administration plans for massive deficit spending.


Tax Day protester in Kansas City, Mo., holds sign (photo: Posted to Tea Party Day)

“Imagine what happens when President Obama, House Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid begin to pay for their ‘spend-fest’ with higher taxes and inflation,” Norquist said.

Kremer said the mainstream media have completely neglected their duty to accurately report on this nationwide movement.

“It’s amazing that the mainstream media is reporting it the way that they are,” she said. “It’s just crazy. It’s basically just going to come down to us. We’re now reporting it ourselves because they are not reporting it accurately.”

Many say the mainstream media attempted either to ignore the protests altogether or characterized tea partiers as disgruntled Republicans unable to accept that “they lost” the 2008 presidential campaign or as “rich taxpayers” unwilling to pay their fair burden of taxes.

However, Kremer said she is constantly receiving reports from organizers about the movement’s resounding success.

“I think it was an absolute success,” she said. “We want to send a message to them: We hired them; we can fire them. They work for us. They seem to have forgotten that.”

She continued, “If it means we have to go after every incumbent in office from now until 2012, we will do that. But the American people are tired of sitting by, and they are starting to step forward and take notice.”

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FOX News is reporting on the other media outlets’ coverage of the Tax Day TEA Parties.  Showing their true colors and maturity level, MSNBC, CNN, and the rest of the leftist media hosts show how they are in the pocket for Obama by their immature sexual references to “teabagging”, and the like, in reference to Government protests on taxation and spending as opposed to their glowing coverage of the anti-prop 8 crowd.

Cable Anchors, Guests Use Tea Parties as Platform for Frat House Humor

Cable anchors and guests covered the anti-tax tea party protests by cracking a litany of barely concealed sexual references.

FOXNews.com

Thursday, April 16, 2009

For CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use the word “teabagging” in a sentence.

Teabagging, for those who don’t live in a frat house, refers to a sexual act involving part of the male genitalia and a second person’s face or mouth.

So when the anti-tax “tea party” protests were held Wednesday across the country, cable anchors and guests — who for weeks had all but ignored the story — covered the protests by cracking a litany of barely concealed sexual references.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper interspersed “teabagging” references with analyst David Gergen’s more staid commentary on how Republicans are still “searching for their voice.”

“It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging,” Cooper explained. Gergen laughed, but Cooper kept a straight face.

MSNBC’s David Shuster weaved a tapestry of “Animal House” humor Monday as he filled in for Countdown host Keith Olbermann.

The protests, he explained, amount to “Teabagging day for the right wing and they are going nuts for it.”

He described the parties as simultaneously “full-throated” and “toothless,” and continued: “They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending.” Shuster also noted how the protesters “whipped out” the demonstrations this past weekend.

Tea Party participants were not amused. The events were held in dozens of cities across the country, and while some demonstrators were criticized for wielding off-topic and sometimes insensitive protest signs, most took to the streets to speak out against government spending.

Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, said the media coverage was “insulting,” reacting specifically to CNN reporter Susan Roesgen’s combative interviews with Illinois demonstrators in which she declared that the protests were “anti-CNN” and supported by FOX News. She left the teabagging jokes to her colleagues, though.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bozell said. “The oral sex jokes on (CNN) and particularly MSNBC on teabagging … they had them by the dozens. That’s how insulting they were toward people who believe they’re being taxed too highly.”

Max Pappas, public policy vice president at FreedomWorks — a small-government group which promoted the tea parties — said it’s a “shame” media outlets cracked jokes at a genuine “grassroots uprising.”

“I think what that reveals is how worried they are that this might actually be something serious. You make fun of things you’re afraid of, I’d say,” Pappas said.

If anyone thinks the orally charged remarks on mainstream cable were just a coincidence, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s segments over the past week with guest, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, would dissolve all doubt. Their on-air gymnastics, dancing around the double entendre of the week, looked like live-action Beavis and Butthead.

By one count, the two of them used the word “teabag” more than 50 times on one show. And on Monday, Cox even let the viewers in on their joke — referencing Urbandictionary.com, a site which offers a number of colorful definitions for the term “teabagging.”

“Well, there is a lot of love in teabagging,” Cox said. “It is curious, though, as you point out, they do not use the verb ‘teabag.’ It might be because they’re less enthusiastic about teabagging than some of the more corporate conservatives who seem to have taken to it quite easily.”

Jenny Beth Martin, a Republican activist who helped organize one protest in Atlanta, said she’s not too worried about the protests being dismissed by some media outlets. She estimated 750,000 people attended more than 800 protests in all 50 states, and that at the very least the local media and community newspapers documented it.

“Our message definitely got out where it needed to get,” she said.

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WorldNetDaily has a post with images from the TEA party in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Obama slammed: ‘Chains we can believe in’

Americans thrash president for perceived pursuit of socialism


Posted: April 15, 2009
10:22 pm Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2009 WorldNetDaily WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A sign with President Obama’s famous “O” logo stating, “Chains we can believe in” welcomed hundreds of protesters to a tea party event here this evening in one of the nation’s most affluent regions.


The well-known “O” logo of President Obama is combined with a play on his “Change we can believe in” slogan at a tea party protest April 15, 2009, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

Those braving rain showers to sound their objections to Obama’s policies voiced a common theme, one suggesting America is rapidly racing toward socialism.

“We’re headed toward socialism, and socialism is anathema to everything this country’s ever stood for,” said Fritz Breland, a self-employed yacht broker from Boynton Beach, Fla. “I’m essentially unemployed because no one’s buying.”

Bearing a simple cardboard sign equating Obama with socialism and evil, Breland was outspoken in his disgust for the direction in which he believes the U.S. is now headed.


Fritz Breland of Boynton Beach, Fla., displays a sign associating President Obama with socialism and evil at a tea party protest in West Palm Beach, Fla., April 15, 2009 (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

“I see through you, Mr. Obama. You’re a socialist, and I will fight you with my last dying breath,” he said.

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A West Palm Beach police officer monitoring the event from several stories up in a parking garage estimated the crowd to be approximately 500 before a downpour began to disperse some participants.


Carole Buell of Wellington, Fla., holds sign protesting government spending at West Palm Beach’s tea party April 15, 2009 (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

Among those seeking shelter from the weather was Cheri Goldberg of Boca Raton, Fla., who admitted this was her first political rally.

“I have never in my entire life demonstrated, and I’m in my mid-sixties,” she told WND. She said she was upset because lawmakers are “signing these bills giving out money. They haven’t even read them.”


An unidentified girl braves rain showers to display a sign at West Palm Beach’s tea party April 15, 2009 (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

Her message to Obama and Congress was simple: “Obey the Constitution, stop the bailouts and stop spending. Spend only what we have.”

Tom and Carol Dekker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., said they fled California five years ago, closing their construction business because of a high tax burden there.

“In California, we were paying upwards of 70 percent of our income to the government in taxes,” said Mrs. Dekker. “Seventy percent! That’s socialism.”


Two unidenitified girls hold signs while relaxing during West Palm Beach’s tea party April 15, 2009 (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

She said if she could talk to the president in person, her advice to him would be, “Step down. He’s ruining our country.”


A sign calling the Federal Reserve Bank a terrorist organization is displayed at West Palm Beach’s tea party protest April 15, 2009 (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

Tom Dekker said Obama’s mantra of “change” and his new direction are not where America has been since its inception, and says it’s unfortunate the former state lawmaker and congressman hasn’t had “any knowledge of running businesses to appreciate what it’s like to be able to pay your taxes, pay your employees, pay all your bills.”

“He thinks that he’s got an endless pot of money that he can continue to spend, and he’s mistaken. He does not. People are just at the tipping point right now, and if they don’t change their ways in Washington, people are going to stop … maybe they just stop paying taxes. If everyone stopped paying their taxes, I think that would really impact what’s going on.”

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OneNewsNow has an article that brings up the issue of how the mainstream media, the ones clamoring over Barack Obama and the rest of the Democrats, has treated the anti-prop 8 activists versus the TEA party protests.

Tax Day protests not media’s cup of tea

Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 4/14/2009 7:00:00 AM

tea cupThe mainstream media provided extensive coverage of the protests surrounding California’s ban on same-sex “marriage,” but appears to be virtually ignoring the grassroots “TEA parties” that are drawing huge crowds across the country. One conservative media watchdog organization has a problem with that.

Dan Gainor is vice president for business and culture at the Culture and Media Institute (CMI). He says with Tax Day just a day away, the national news media is continuing to shirk its responsibility by refusing to cover the “Taxed Enough Already” — or TEA party — movement.

Gainor says the TEA parties drew 30,000 people to 50 events on February 27, and organizers are hoping to have hundreds of thousands of attendees at more than 1,500 events tomorrow (April 15). But the mainstream media, he argues, was more concerned about giving coverage to homosexuals protesting passage of Proposition 8 — a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California — than they are the concerns of ordinary Americans about the massive government bailouts.

TEA party logoThe CMI spokesman says journalists should not let their support for President Obama get in the way of doing what is right.

“The mainstream media are on Obama’s side in a big way,” he observes, “so why are they going to go write about something that they clearly don’t agree with and knocks their guy — even though I think it’s pretty obvious that the TEA party protests are non-partisan.”

Gainor offers evidence of the non-partisan nature of the gatherings. “Michael Steele, the head of the Republican Party, wanted to speak at one of the protests — and he was told flat out, no,” he states “Their comment was that this is one of the times when ordinary people get to speak and politicians are supposed to listen.”

According to media observer, what little coverage the mainstream media has done has been mostly unsympathetic toward the TEA party cause.

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