Accuracy in Media

On Monday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski brought up co-host Joe Scarborough’s new column from Politico, in which he takes issue with how the media have treated the Tea Party and praises the movement for what it has done for the Republican Party.

Scarborough summed up the impact of the Tea party thusly:

Considering that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid had decided to accelerate George W. Bush’s reckless spending ways by passing a stimulus plan that was the largest spending bill in U.S. history, more should be thankful that a movement was launched that dared to stand athwart history and yell, “Stop!”

The results of that movement have been historic, even as Democrats and the media obsess on its most negative elements. I’m not saying the tea party should be immune to criticism. Like most large political movements, this one has also had its share of excesses.

Sometimes the rhetoric gets too heated. At times, its members have chosen to obstruct instead of fighting for a debt deal that would solve our fiscal crisis. And the same fervor that drove Pelosi from her speaker’s chair has also managed to keep Reid in his because of some deeply flawed tea party senate nominees.

But all in all, most Republicans I know prefer having the largest GOP majority since 1946 instead of Pelosi. We also liked having 700 new Republican state legislators elected in 2010, a national debate focused on less spending and a Democratic president who is now fighting for his political life.

No one knows what happens next. But we can at least start telling the truth about what happened over the past three years. Whether opinion leaders like it or not, the tea party helped engineer a Republican landslide, reframed the national debate and put the president so far back on his heels that even Mitt Romney has a chance to be president.

And that in itself is pretty damn remarkable.

After some discussion with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Scarborough turned to Brzezinski and said that while the movement wasn’t perfect, it has had a tremendous impact.

All in all though, you look at what the Tea Party has done over the past three years. You look at how they have put the president on the defensive over health care, you look at what happened with the mid-term elections, you look at Scott Brown winning in Massachusetts taking Ted Kennedy’s seat. It’s undeniable. And the reason why the press doesn’t see it, the reason why Democratic candidates don’t see it, is there’s a huge cultural blind spot. If Occupy Wall Street, had done one-tenth of what the Tea Party did, my God they would be statues in Manhattan.

In the past, Scarborough has been criticized by conservatives as being a RINO, and rightfully so in many cases. But this time he hit the nail on the head and exposed the liberal media bias against the Tea Party, and their hypocrisy towards a movement that has dramatically altered the political landscape for the better.

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