WASHINGTON, April 9, 2010-Amid recent mainstream media concern over “angry” tea partiers, Roger Aronoff, a media analyst and documentary producer with Accuracy in Media, observed a leftist anti-war rally to see how it compared to the conservative tea parties. The “peace” demonstrators, including four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader, angrily denounced Bush and Cheney as war criminals, criticized Obama, called the United States an empire, bashed Israel and proudly burned an American flag.
Aronoff had one question for the mainstream media: “Where’s the outrage?”
“Did you see any reporting about the hate-speech and flag burning? I guess MSNBC was too busy that day,” wrote Aronoff at Accuracy in Media’s blog.
He noted that The Washington Post covered the rally, but left out the more extreme elements and never mentioned that President Obama was a target of the protestors.
Aronoff previously defended the tea party movement against allegations of racism by MSNBC “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann. He notes that the tea parties include a broad cross section of America, but if you look at the MSNBC website, you see nothing but white faces.
Aronoff produced a video documenting the demonstration, called “This Ain’t No Tea Party.” It has been featured on FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, and at Hot Air, The Daily Caller, The FOX Nation, BlogWonks, and The Western Journalism Center.
The “This Ain’t No Tea Party” video is available at AIM’s website and on YouTube.
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