Corporate Media Calls Obamacare Opponents Racist, Homophobic
March 21, 2010
Thousands of people gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday to voice their opposition to Obamacare, but instead of covering their principled opposition the corporate media concentrated on racial slurs made by a few protestors.
“The racists in the Tea Party are getting all the attention Sunday after ugly slurs were aimed at several black U.S. congressmen Saturday on Capitol Hill,” reports the Kansas City Star.
“Democrats were angered, shocked and disappointed after reports that some Tea Party activists let more than their opinions on health care reform be known today, calling revered civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) n——- and openly gay Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank a f——-,” the New York Daily News reported on Saturday.
Democrats capitalized on the ugly comments immediately. “Today’s protests against health insurance reform saw a rash of despicable, inflammatory behavior, much of it directed at minority Members of Congress,” Democrat majority leader Steny H. Hoyer said in a statement. “A debate that began with false fears of forced euthanasia has ended in a truly ugly scene. It is incumbent on all of us to do better next time.”
Frank issued a blanket condemnation of the protestors. “People out there today, on the whole, were really hateful,” he said.
“The reprehensible use of racial epithets is not surprising coming from members of the Tea Party. The Tea Party is known to be a haven and home for racists and white supremacists. While many Tea Partiers are relatively innocent, naive and mislead Americans; within the Tea Party movement there has always been a core cadre of mean, ugly, racists who simply cannot accept an African American President,” writes Michael Stone for the Examiner.
Following the lead of the Department of Homeland Security, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Anti-Defamation League, the corporate media has consistently claimed the patriot movement is dominated by white supremacists and Obama-hating racists.
The Republican hijacked Tea Party engaged in damage control following the incident. “Republican National Chairman Michael Steele and one of the organizers of Saturday’s Tea Party rally strongly condemned the racial slurs that some black lawmakers alleged were yelled at them by some health care protesters as they headed for a procedural vote at Capitol Hill,” reports Fox News.
“I absolutely think it’s isolated,” Amy Kremer, the grassroots coordinator of the Tea Party Express, told Fox News on Sunday. “It’s disgraceful and the people in this movement won’t tolerate it because that’s not what we’re about.”
The Tea Party Express was cobbled together by FreedomWorks, the Republican and neocon dominated advocacy group. The original Tea Party movement was established by Libertarians. Supporters of the since hijacked Tea Party are expected to adhere to the Republican Party platform.