Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Lies of the New York Times about the Tea Party

If you pick up this Tax Day's edition of the New York Times, right on the front is a color-coded chart of percentages comparing Republicans, Tea Partiers, and "All Adults" in the Untied States. Trying desperately to show Tea Partiers as people well out of the norm, the very first poll the Times shows is the percent of members of the Tea Party, Republicans, and Adults who have an unfavorable opinion of President Obama. Here the lies start.

The Times states that 84% of Tea Partiers, 67% of Republicans, but only 33% of adults have an unfavorable opinion of the President. Clearly, they put this one front and center to pretend that Tea Partiers are no where near "normal" adults. But the 33% number, quite frankly, is a lie.

All one has to do is look up the incredibly liberal website Daily Kos; even they put the percent of "average" adults that views the President unfavorably at 41%. Marist agrees with 41%. But look at the AP, they put it at 44%. Fox News puts it at 45%. And Quinnipiac puts it at 47%. Not a single one of these polls even dips below 40%, not even the most liberal. Yet the New York Times states that only 33% of Americans view our President unfavorably. That is a lie.

If you bother to read the article printed next to the outlandish polls, lies abound as well. To quote the article, Tea Partiers are angry because "the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich." It is hard not to laugh at such lies.

This statement in the article is meant to show Tea Partiers as wealthy people who hate the poor. The truth of the matter is that the Tea Party is trying to help everyone, including the poor. If you don't make much money, the Tea Party believes that you should be able to keep more of it instead of having it taxed away.

This article is nothing but an attack on conservatism. Through it all, you can even see jabs at Sarah Palin. The article states that a majority of even these conservative, mainly Republican Tea Partiers "do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president." I don't think that I am the only one to know that this is not true.

So when you read the New York Times, know that you are being lied to. Any amount of research will show you that it is lying to your face.

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