"If you oppose the Obama administration, you must be demeaned and neutralized."
So said Fox News's Bill O'Reilly Monday about the state of today's media.
"Ever since the Tea Party protest began last summer, the left-wing media in America has been attacking the movement," he began his Talking Points Memo.
"From the jump, the Tea Party protesters never had a chance," O'Reilly continued. "As soon as they objected to President Obama's big government vision, the left-wing media swooped in" (video follows with transcript):
BILL O'REILLY: The Tea Party and media corruption. That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo".
Ever since the Tea Party protest began last summer, the left-wing media in America has been attacking the movement. At first, Tea Party folks were labeled stupid, too dumb to understand, complicated issues. Then, as the protests grew, some in the media actually began calling the Tea Party people dirty names, trying to diminish the movement with vile innuendo. Finally, the media turned to ideology, saying that many Tea Party people are racist and far-right cranks.
Now comes the new poll. From Gallup, that says 43 percent of Tea Party supporters in the USA are Independents, 8 percent Democrats, and 49 percent Republicans. When you add 43 and 8, you get 51 percent. That means the majority of Tea Party supporters in the USA are not Republicans.
Also, Gallup says that 55 percent of those supporting the Tea Party are in the higher income brackets, an interesting stat. Nevertheless, liberal media people and politicians continue their vicious attacks on the Tea Party.
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REP. STEVE COHEN (D-TENNESSEE): The Tea Party people are kind of like without robes and hoods. They have really shown a very hardcore, angry side of America that is against any type of diversity. And we saw opposition to African Americans, hostility toward gays, hostility to anybody to wasn't just, you know, a clone of George Wallace's fan club. And I'm afraid they've taken over the Republican Party."
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O'REILLY: Well, again, with 51 percent of Tea Party supporters non- Republican according to Gallup, Congressman Cohen is either misinformed or a pinhead or perhaps both.
You may have seen me and Bernie Goldberg discuss media corruption, not bias, outright corruption last week on "The Factor". And the Tea Party media situation is the best example of that. From the jump, the Tea Party protesters never had a chance. As soon as they objected to President Obama's big government vision, the left-wing media swooped in. And as you know, liberals dominate the national media in this country. So the loon label was quickly applied to the Tea Party people. And some Americans are buying it, but not as many as you might think.
Gallup now says 28 percent of Americans do support the Tea Party. 26 percent oppose it. And 38 percent do not support or oppose, which means there's persuasion option here. And that's why the left-wing media is so biased against the Tea Party. They fear more Americans will sign on.
Now, it's not the job of the media to engineer political thinking in this country. And that's what's happening in some quarters. If you oppose the Obama administration, you must be demeaned and neutralized. That is corruption. And there is no doubt it is in play.
No, there CERTAINLY isn't.