CNBC Working With Tea Baggers on Healthcare Protest Coverage

Here is a story that you won’t be seeing on MSNBC. According to Media Matters, CNBC sent an email to a national Tea Party coordinator looking for a mob to cover at a healthcare protest. They were looking for a location with, “lots of energy and lots of anger.” Low and behold, CNBC may be trying gin up anti-healthcare reform coverage.

You can view a post from the Tea Party Patriots website on the Media Matters blog, from Jenny Beth Martin that says, “We have a media request for an event this week that will have lots of energy and lots of anger. This is from CNBC. So where are the big events this week and where can TPP be best represented in the news?”

This is more evidence not only of the overt political agenda of CNBC, but it also dispels the idea that these protests are somehow organic movements of regular people who are showing up because they are opposed to healthcare reform. This is proof of the level of coordination and organization that is involved in this movement.

It isn’t much of a surprise that the tea baggers are also showing up to protest at the town hall meetings. The tactics being used are the same for both the tea parties and these healthcare protests. The Nazi signs, the yelling, the disruption, it is all the same thing. Quite frankly, the issues don’t matter to these people. They want “their country back” that the black man stole from them.

It also isn’t a shock that CNBC is involved in spinning the coverage. As the Media Matters blog asked, is CNBC also contacting Democrats and progressives for their town hall coverage? It is a pretty safe bet that they aren’t. Of course, this story won’t be covered on MSNBC or NBC, because as we saw with Jim Cramer/Jon Stewart incident, the NBC family covers for each other.

One Reply to “CNBC Working With Tea Baggers on Healthcare Protest Coverage”

  1. It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people (honestly where can they go with a pre-condition). And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.

    How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a “lynch mob” advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types AKA “screamers” are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

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