Instead, Fox reporters continue the charade that they are simply reporting on the Tea Parties in a somewhat sympathetic manner. Wake up, Sheeple! Tax protests don’t come from the grass roots! Fire doesn’t melt steel! There’s no way AIDS could have evolved organically!
And, by the way—Jane Hamsher never claimed Fox News was behind the protests; she said the Tea Parties were being manipulated behind-the-scenes by Freedom Works! (Thanks, Jane! I’ve always wanted to play some variety of Lady Macbeth; now I’m off to wash my hands . . . which never seem to come clean. Odd.) Who gave Hamsher a hand with the goalposts?
Unless the argument here is that every center-right organization or individual is somehow one large lump of protoplasm that cannot quite make up its mind about marijuana, gay marriage or what constitutes separation of church and state, but knows that it wants lower taxes. In that case, the reason that Tea Parties are so much better-attended than ANWF events is that . . . the right commands more robots than the Soros-funded left does! (This leads us to the conclusion that we threw the last Presidential election, in a further attempt to confuse the left.)
Joseph Abrams of Fox employs a particularly clever ruse when he suggests April 15th might mark the end of this year’s tea party protests, rather than being a prelude to more massive events this summer, particularly on the Fourth of July. (After all, those local groups that are using tea-party protests to collect email addresses must be planning on . . . burning them in a bonfire soon. Abrams pretends not to see the illogic, here. Diabolical.)
Custom online retailer Zazzle said tea party products have been flying off its presses at an “obscene” rate, propelling them into the top sphere of items it sells online.
“We like to think of ourselves as a cultural barometer for the country,” said Jason Kang, vice president of marketing for Zazzle. “This is probably one of the bigger things — not counting the election — that we’ve seen since the Spitzer ‘Client 9′” sex scandal broke in 2008.
“Pro-Obama merchandise had been popular all of last year. In the last couple of months we’ve seen anti-Obama products begin to increase in popularity and sales numbers,” Kang told FOXNews.com.
Eric Odom, who administers the Tax Day Tea Party Web site and is helping organize and fund multiple events, said they were “ecstatic” with the results they’re seeing at their online store, which has recorded $48,000 in sales.
“We try to fuel that money right back into costs involved in the Tea Party effort,” Odom said, which includes renting and reserving space, making signs and covering transportation costs.
Odom said the online boom has kept his organization from having to seek large donations to pay its way. “It’s made it so we haven’t had to go out and ask for money,” he told FOXNews.com.
A spokesman for leading online marketer CafePress.com said the burst in sales “sort of came out of the blue” and the more than 100,000 tea party items more than caught their eye, though he guessed the trend would die down in a few weeks when the protests are over.
Notice how the Fox reporter, in an attempt to make it look as if Fox is not pulling the teabag strings here, implies that the teaparty-protest boom might be over soon, rather than explaining that the movement will continue at least through Independence Day, and probably beyond: total head-fake there, to throw Jane Hamsher* off the scent of the depraved duplicitous complicity that is
Fox News Freedom Works what day is it? Who took my damned talking points?
For those who would like to see their T-shirt money go back into the “Astroturf,” it appears that Tax Day Tea Party is plowing most of the proceeds back into activism. Also, I like their graphics the best.
UPDATE: The organizers of Tea Party Protests weigh in. I myeslf would like to join Wendy (and Jane H. herself, of course) in asking, “where the hell is my money?” As long as I’m a lobbyist, I’d love to be getting paid for it. My God: I wish we were Astroturf.
* No; I do not call her “Crazy Jane.” She has not earned a place among the characters in W.B. Yeats’ poems. One might argue that her placing me in Shakespeare’s play within a play suggests that I reciprocate. But teabaggers don’t play that way, Baby.