John Kerry appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to argue that the Tea Party needs to shut up and the media has to stop giving them equal time. Real Clear Politics has the video. Doug Powers pointed out that Kerry is a big fan of the Fairness Doctrine. How is this notion fair?
“And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.”
“It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?”
He must be channeling Paul Krugman.
Susan Duclos wonders why everyone is so terrified of the Tea Party.
Legitimate concerns about government spending, deficits, national debt, taxes and a principled belief in adhering to the Constitution, are views that the media should not give time or credence to, in the opinion of Democratic politicians and members of the progressive left.
Those beliefs and holding elected officials to those beliefs are considered “extremism,” to the far left.
Kerry’s statement may be one of the most open, honest statements made publicly by a liberal Democratic politician.
Credence should not be given to the 55 percent of the population (Rasmussen- July 9, 2011) that believe decreased government spending would be good for the economy. Credenceshould not be given to the 91 percent of voters (IBOPE Zogby Interactive poll- July 11, 2011) that believes it is important to reduce the nation’s long-term debt.
So, whether or not you are a member of a Tea Party group or a supporter or even if you are simply concerned about government spending, deficits, national debt, taxes and a principled belief in adhering to the Constitution, you are entitled to your opinion but those views should not receive media attention or be given credence.
That is why liberal Democrats are so terrified of the Tea Party.