Did the P-B 'roll out the red carpet' for the Tea Party?
Two liberal blogs were OUTRAGED by our report on the Rochester Tea Party Patriots organization last weekend.
Why? Because they don't care for the Tea Party, of course, but apparently they also believe our stories were motivated only by a rally that the local Tea Party had planned for Friday, then cancelled because of bad weather.
An anonymous blogger called Phoenix Woman wrote on the blog Firedoglake:
"...the sunshine patriots so beloved of the P-B get fawning treatment despite being total no-shows."
As far as I can tell, Phoenix Woman didn't even see our paper or read the stories. She bases her gripe on another, equally goofy liberal blog called Bluestem Prairie, where Sally Jo Sorensen wrote:
The paper published three stories Saturday about the local tea party...
What’s the problem? Check out the lede for the first story of the three handed in by Tea party toadie and PB political reporter Heather Carlson:
It appears that only a blustery, rainy forecast has been able to keep Rochester Tea Party Patriots from speaking out.
The group canceled what would have been its third annual tax day rally Friday in Rochester. But while they weren’t out at Soldiers Field waving signs calling for budget cuts and an end to the “nanny state,” Tea Party activists say it won’t curtail the efforts that have made them a growing force in local politics this year. . . .
Yeah, you read that right. The Tea Party Patriots of Rochester cancelled their rally because of a weather forecast (probably assisted by that nanny-statish National Weather Service), but still got three stories in the Post Bulletin.
Aside from being ignorant and offensive, Sally Jo's comment is also pretty funny. Tea Party "toady" Carlson worked on those stories for more than a month and we promoted the report in advance. Yes, the "timepeg" was Tax Day and the Tea Party rally, but the coverage was far deeper than just news coverage of an anti-tax rally.
They were well-reported, even-handed stories -- two stories plus a Q & A, for the record -- that no one could reasonably say were the work of a "toady." But consider the sources of the complaint.
The FDL post continues -- again, just passing along garbage from Sorensen:
As Sorensen goes on to note, union members of her acquaintance have told her that the Post-Bulletin routinely ignores pro-labor protests, ones with actual protesters who are out in all sorts of weather and who don’t leave when the news crews do. Yet the sunshine patriots so beloved of the P-B get fawning treatment despite being total no-shows.
Sorensen and Phoenix Woman are welcome to check our archives for recent reports on "pro-labor" events in Rochester. There've been a few events, not hugely attended but newsworthy, and we covered them.
I'd be surprised if local union leaders have a problem with our coverage in recent years, and if they do, they can call me.
There's more to say about this (including FDL's assertion that Russian TV covered the protests in Madison better than most U.S. media), but honestly, I've wasted enough time today on kooky bloggers.