April 22, 2010

And so falls the narrative

Tea Partiers are rage-filled. They're inciting violence. They're committing violence. It's all true -- the MSM has said so (ad nauseum).

Try again:

On Monday, the Christian Science Monitor bucked its mainstream peers by reporting something truthful about the TEA party movement: police officials have begun to relax security requirements at conservative rallies because of the remarkable absence of violence.

Yes, you read that right: despite nonstop media warnings about hateful protests, violence from TEA party attendants is so nonexistent that police feel safe allowing them to bring large items and sometimes even guns.

Patrik Jonnsson's article drew a refreshing contrast between violent rallies of the Vietnam era versus the new model of peaceful civil uprising:

To be sure, permitting rules and police preparedness are often developed based on past behavior at various kinds of protests. Many go back to the 1960s and 1970s when violent rallies erupted over the Vietnam War. Such protests sprung up again during the presidency of George W. Bush, when protesters clashed with police in New York City and elsewhere during large-scale demonstrations against the Middle East wars. With tea party rallies so far proving more orderly, police have given them more latitude.

This, of course, won't stop the usual suspects from continuing to trash the Tea Partiers as "hateful," "racist," and "violent," but at least we have one MSM outlet with the guts to challenge "The Narrative."

Posted by Hube at April 22, 2010 06:00 PM | TrackBack

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