Here’s the beginning of a fair-minded Washington Post article by Robert McCartney (a man who doesn’t happen to agree with much of our movement, by the way):
I went to the “tea party” rally at the Washington Monument on Thursday to check out just how reactionary and potentially violent the movement truly was.
Answer: Not very.
Based on what I saw and heard, tea party members are not seething, ready-to-explode racists, as some liberal commentators have caricatured them.
Along with Ross Mackenzie’s recent piece (cited two posts below this one), it’s good to see some honest reporting finally creeping in to the coverage of our movement. McCartney not only dispelled the false narrative that we are an angry and violent crowd, but he seemed to enjoy being among Tea Partiers and even views us with some affection. I didn’t find any demonization of our views – just respectful disagreement. As it should be in America. We are all citizens of this great nation and should never tear each other down for raising principled questions about its direction.
So thank you, Mr. McCartney, for covering the DC event with some class. It’s refreshing to know there are a few sincere journalists left. I am, however, skeptical about your peers following your example, as most of them still seem intent on destroying us. But we can always “hope” for “change,” right?