The media has given massive coverage to the rightwing Tea Party movement, but no coverage to the progressive response - an explosion of nationwide rallies in support of unions and workers in Wisconsin and nationwide, which we like to call the "Job Party."
We rallied in front of CNN/NBC/FOX on February 17 and in front of FOX on February 22, so the national media definitely media know we exist. Then we held rallies in all 50 state capitals plus major cities on February 26, and in 268 cities and towns on March 15.
Below is a Twitter list of individual journalists who have covered the Tea Party but not the "Job Party." It's time for them to hear from us - politely, of course.
We prefer Twitter over email for several reasons:
- Most journalists use it to communicate with each other and with their audiences
- Journalists' Twitter accounts are public, unlike their email addresses
- Our correspondence with journalists is public, so readers can watch and participate
After you follow a particular journalist, send them a Tweet like this (substitute real @twitternames below for @Journalist):
Dear @Journalist you've covered the #TeaParty but ignored the nationwide @JobParty rallies. Will you cover #April4 #WeAreOne?
Please post any replies you get in the comments below.
Thanks for all you do!
I appreciate your point of view. The Tea Party IS a minority—if an extremely loud and beligerent one—and should not be given the attention it gets, much less the appearance of power. It only inflates their egos and inflames their will.
Better by far to model progressive ethics and ideals in our human relations and governance institutions. To the extent possible, encourage truth-telling, cooperation, and creativity in the workplace and the legislature. Reward honesty and good service wherever it’s found.
It’s about the consciousness. If we focus on the high road, and it still all goes down, at least we will be farther along in our personal growth when the experiment ends. We’ll have declared a choice and stood by it. We’ll be positioned for the next.
Every damn story reads like this, as if the Tea Party were in total control over the federal government, and the remaining millions of us are not relevant. This stinks and fails miserable to reflect accurately what the citizenry wants and expects from it’s government!
Figuring out that MEANS … that real news is often not being delivered in “newscasts” … that’s the people’s responsibility. If we’re too stupid to figure it out, then we’re too stupid to vote, in which case the oligarchy should come out of the closet and declare its coup d’etat a fait accompli. Just don’t be cheaters and lying about it. Call yourselves propagandists and ’hos for banksters, mega-corps and plutocrats, and be done with it.
Honest news organizations—and there are some—must begin distinguishing themselves from the infotainment scammers riding their coattails. Without them, and the good work they do, I would have changed not only my citizenship, by my phylum, by now. You’re our last best hope.