Tell The Media to Cover April 4!

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!

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@JobParty mentioned @JobParty link to this page. 2011-04-07 16:10:32 -0400
commented 2011-04-07 01:15:13 -0400 · Flag
Back atcha, Scott.

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.
commented 2011-04-05 09:14:00 -0400 · Flag
This one paragraph from today’s AP story sums it all up… “A one-week measure that cuts an additional $12 billion could reassure tea party-backed lawmakers who are among the most vocal in seeking to reduce the size and scope of the government. It could also put pressure on Democrats and the White House to offer greater spending cuts.”

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!
commented 2011-04-05 08:51:58 -0400 · Flag
Big ol’ round of applause for Jeannine Seymour, who told it like it is in a no-nonsense, articulate, and truthful way!!
@glenzorn tweeted link to this page. 2011-04-05 01:34:49 -0400
Tell The Media to Cover April 4! - Job Party http://goo.gl/y76Iq
commented 2011-04-05 01:07:54 -0400 · Flag
sorry had computer problems
commented 2011-04-05 01:03:07 -0400 · Flag
We need to break up big media, only real people should own stock in media corporations, and the names of people owning more than 5% should be listed in the newscast.
commented 2011-04-05 01:00:03 -0400 · Flag
We need to break up big media, only real people should own stock in media corporations, and the names of people owning more than 5% should be listed in the newscast.
@Tawanda46 tweeted link to this page. 2011-04-05 00:58:48 -0400
Tell The Media to Cover April 4! - Job Party http://t.co/idGFpzM Comprehensive List of twitter acts for new organizations & reporters
commented 2011-04-05 00:47:49 -0400 · Flag
We need to break up big media, only real people should own stock in media corporations, and the names of people owning more than 5% should be listed in the newscast.
commented 2011-04-05 00:47:22 -0400 · Flag
We need to break up big media, only real people should own stock in media corporations, and the names of people owning more than 5% should be listed in the newscast.
commented 2011-04-05 00:46:57 -0400 · Flag
We need to break up big media, only real people should own stock in media corporations, and the names of people owning more than 5% should be listed in the newscast.
commented 2011-04-05 00:46:09 -0400 · Flag
We need to break up big media, only real people should own stock in media corporations, and the names of people owning more than 5% should be listed in the newscast.
commented 2011-04-04 19:47:03 -0400 · Flag
If a program calls itself a “newscast,” then it should be required to fund a news organization—which means it pays journalistic staff to dig for stories independently, not read press releases from PACs, assuming the authenticity and authority reserved for real bureaus, chiefs, reporters and anchors. Alternatively, drop “news” from your title and your vocabulary. It’s that simple.

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.
commented 2011-04-04 18:49:45 -0400 · Flag
commented 2011-04-04 17:23:42 -0400 · Flag
@Thomas Cannon

I think its even worse than that.
60 minutes was the first TV “News” show to generate a profit. Since then, if your news team doesn’t make money, they get the boot. Hence the race to the bottom in “News” reporting.
commented 2011-04-04 15:56:20 -0400 · Flag
Great idea, will do.
commented 2011-04-04 14:52:08 -0400 · Flag
It is time for Americans to wake up, stand up and be counted. Bring back the investigative reporting we need so much. Let America know where the financial backing for the Tea Party and the Republican party is coming from. We all know it isn’t from the working class Americans that have seen their jobs disappear (since the implication or trickle down economics) and their purchasing power wane over the past 30 years. Wake up mass media and stand up for the true Americans.
commented 2011-04-04 14:25:35 -0400 · Flag
Bring back REAL reporting. News for profit does not provide a public service, it does the opposite.
@dreamcatcher37 retweeted @JobParty 2011-04-04 14:19:46 -0400
51 responses (comments+tweets) so far on our #April4 Media Activism page! http://bit.ly/eBcqch Let's keep it going, #WeAreOne!
@BobFertik mentioned @JobParty link to this page. 2011-04-04 14:15:49 -0400
RT @harrywaisbren: 51 responses so far on our @jobparty #April4 Media Activism page! http://bit.ly/eBcqch Let's keep it going, #WeAreOne!
@Mirandacan retweeted 2011-04-04 13:55:56 -0400
51 responses so far on our @jobparty #April4 Media Activism page! http://bit.ly/eBcqch Let's keep it going, #WeAreOne! #1u
@muff156 retweeted @JobParty 2011-04-04 13:46:41 -0400
51 responses (comments+tweets) so far on our #April4 Media Activism page! http://bit.ly/eBcqch Let's keep it going, #WeAreOne!
@HarryWaisbren mentioned @JobParty link to this page. 2011-04-04 13:45:48 -0400
51 responses so far on our @jobparty #April4 Media Activism page! http://bit.ly/eBcqch Let's keep it going, #WeAreOne! #1u
commented 2011-04-04 13:31:19 -0400 · Flag
Tax the RICH MORE and have a tax break for hiring U.S. citizens and for using the earth’s resources in an environmentally sustainable way and get rid of all other tax breaks for the RICH, so that if the RICH do not want to pay taxes all they need to do is hire a lot of U.S. citizens and use the earth’s resoures wisely.
commented 2011-04-04 13:10:57 -0400 · Flag
We need jobs,not tax breaks for the rich.
commented 2011-04-04 13:05:50 -0400 · Flag
Brilliant.
@muff156 retweeted @JobParty 2011-04-04 13:01:18 -0400
Nice looking Twibbon @speakeasylive! http://twb.ly/dRXUEg Way to be a @jobparty Star for #April4 http://bit.ly/fLQdxZ #WeAreOne
@zephyr1367 retweeted @JobParty 2011-04-04 12:41:47 -0400
Nice looking Twibbon @speakeasylive! http://twb.ly/dRXUEg Way to be a @jobparty Star for #April4 http://bit.ly/fLQdxZ #WeAreOne
@speakeasylive tweeted link to this page. 2011-04-04 12:39:09 -0400
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