Sunday, October 03, 2010

The False Moral Equivalency of the OneNation Rally

It seems from my scan of traditional media sources that the established narrative of the OneNation rally is one of moral and political equivalence to Tea Party rallies and Glenn Beck's "Restore Honor" event. Some of the dino-media point out that the OneNation rally was somewhat less well attended than conservative events, and there is some de minimis mention of some of the more radical elements, but generally speaking nobody is addressing the widespread radicalism displayed at Saturday's rally.

(Yes Katrina, but not in the way you think)

Now, to conservatives, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, and the rest are bad enough.  But some really nasty folks were there, and they were not particularly shy about their vile ideology.  The media double standard was in full effect -- one or two borderline signs (that in some instances were planted) at Tea Party rallies speak volumes about the inherent hatred and bigotry of every Tea Partier, but OneNation's open embrace of the Communist Party USA, a number of Democratic Socialist organizations, the International Socialist Organization, and other like-minded groups is to be downplayed as much as possible.

(The soundtrack, however appropriate, was obviously not a part of the rally.  I was going to apologize for the music, but they are in fact actual communists, so... if the shoe fits...)

Did you catch this frame in the video? (h/t Sean M. at DPUD)

I'm not sure if that's the Marx version, or the Bauer version, or possibly some other, but it really doesn't matter.  If there was anything remotely this offensive at the Tea Party rallies we'd all know about it.  But here it is, proudly displayed at the OneNation rally, and nobody seems to care.  Where's the outrage?

Of course, virtually every media outlet is comparing this weekend's rally to the Tea Party and Beck rallies.  But The Washington Post only mentions the New York City Democratic Socialists of America near the end of its write-upThe New York Times only reveals the presence of the CPUSA through the voice of Glenn Beck -- again, near the end of its article

I could go on at length about the nutcases who were out in force that day, but others have done a better job at that.  My point is that these wackos were there, with their idiocy boldly on display, and no mainstream reporters thought this was worth mentioning.  And yet, we get endless hand-wringing about the supposed racism and extremism of the Tea Party, which strives to police its own idiots and send them packing.

So yes, Katrina vanden Heuvel, there was a test of the media's fairness and judgment.  It failed that test.  The Left showed its true radical colors this weekend, and the major news media didn't bother to report it.

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