Post-Dispatch Gets One Right
posted at 7:58 pm on April 16, 2009 by Tanya
After a few years of reading the normally very liberal Post-Dispatch, I was surprised to see that they even acknowledged the Tea Party that took place downtown yesterday. Imagine my surprise when I saw that their coverage didn’t slander it as a violent disgrace perpetrated by FoxNews-worshipping zombies, or even a very subtle KKK rally — as many papers did today.
Thousands of people packed Kiener Plaza downtown on Tax Day to vent their ire at President Barack Obama and other leaders and to show their concern about the nation’s future.
They joined thousands more across the country who took to public places for “tea parties” to protest what they see as pork in the nation’s budget, an unfair tax burden on working Americans, deficit spending and government bailouts they say will fall to our children to repay.
Ok, it’s not glowing, but the words “radical” and “extremist” aren’t in there once. I’m pleased, but admittedly slightly anxious that the site must have been hacked.
Grover Norquist, a veteran conservative activist and president of Americans for Tax Reform, has led many Tax Day protests over two decades. But none unfolded like this, he said.
In an interview afterward, Norquist said that what was most surprising to him was the intensity of concern over spending and debt that has not yet occurred.
“People don’t do long-term political thinking like this,” he said. “The message to Congress is, ‘You’re messing with us, you’re spending too much. Don’t tell us this is free, because it isn’t.’ People aren’t mad at Obama; they’re mad at the policies. This is much more dangerous for the left and very positive for the taxpayer movement.”
And an interview with someone who isn’t screaming and frothing at the mouth? Aren’t they aware that their readership is dropping like a stone? How can the paper possibly avoid disaster, when they won’t even treat sensible, concerned citizens like lunatics? Oh, wait.
Of course, the comments aren’t quite as enlightened, but that’s no real shock. They’re probably as bewildered as I am. Anyway, I have to end on a laugh. From the article, some of the best signs (love the second one):
“Jesus saves, Obama spends” read one; “President Obama, I believe you have all my change,” read another. But many targeted big government: “Free markets, not free loaders” and “Stop the reckless spending,” two in St. Louis said. “Give me Liberty … not Debt,” read one in Springfield, Ill., where nearly 400 people gathered for a rally.
I’m not exactly holding my breath, waiting for another article like this one from the Post-Dispatch, but it’s sure a nice change. Not the “Change” we heard so much about in November, but one that might really help us (and the paper), in the long run.