Reaction to the Tea Parties

The People and Their Enemies

By

Andrew Klavan


      If the tax day tea party protests accomplished nothing else, they did this:  they tore the mask off the mainstream news media and revealed the media’s naked hostility to the ideals of our founding fathers.  For years, those of us who hold to those ideals have felt that the news media were biased against us.  Now we see we were wrong.  They’re not biased.  They’re openly on the attack.

      Saying the media are biased is like saying the British were biased against the colonial forces at Bunker Hill.  It’s as if one minute man turned to another and said, “I think those redcoats are shooting at us because they lack objectivity.”

      I think they’re shooting at us because they’re trying to kill us.

      Never was this more clear to me than on Friday, the first of May, when I had the pleasure of participating in an extraordinary hour of television:  Glenn’s live and free-wheeling discussion with a studio-full of regular folks who had turned out on tax day to protest the recent unprecedented expansion of government and the cost that they and their children are going to have to pay for it.

      These were the very people columnist Paul Krugman called “crazy,” in the pages of the New York Times; the people Susan Rosegen of CNN labeled “offensive,” and that actress Janeane Garafolo called “racist,” on MSNBC.  As for the rest of the mainstream media, well, they tried to ignore them at first and, when their sheer numbers made that impossible, they tried to mock them with the sort of low jokes you usually expect to hear in a middle school locker room or on The Daily Show.

      And yet when Glenn gave them a fair chance to speak for themselves, what did these crazy offensive racists want to talk about?  Their businesses.  Their families.  The constitution.  The founders.  And they wanted to try to answer Glenn’s question:  what is the media missing about them?

      “The media is missing, first of all, objectivity,” said a woman named Nicole, as her fellow tea-partyers burst into applause.  “I think that is the biggest thing that they’re missing…  All of us who attended the tea parties were all ethnicities, all political backgrounds, all income ranges, and we were all there because we’re all frustrated.”

      Then there was Kathy, who had given CNN’s shameful Rosegen a piece of her mind at the tea party in Chicago.  She told Glenn:  “They don’t understand anything, and I mean anything—the media.  They absolutely only talk to each other, so they are living in this bubble.  And the only thing they know is the ideas of the people that they hang out with in the big cities all over.”

      But as I listened to these two well-spoken and intelligent ladies—as I listened to all the people in the studio that day—I was not convinced the media were missing anything.  I think the media understand exactly who these people are—and I think they oppose them and I think they fear them and I think they want to shut them down.

      The mainstream news media are populated by elites who support government by the elites, for the elites.  Their idea of government is an idea as old as Pharoah:  the idea of a mighty state collecting the riches of the populace and redistributing them as it deems virtuous and just.

      The people in Glenn’s studio have a different idea.  It’s a newer, more radical—you might even say revolutionary idea.  It’s the idea that the people can govern themselves, can choose for themselves how to spend their time and their money.  It’s the idea that each person can decide for himself where virtue lies, guided by his God, not his president.  It’s the idea that the constitution sets the rules and the government has to act within its boundaries, leaving the people free.

      The media—and every other lover of the almighty state—hate that revolutionary idea.  They hate it enough to slander and mock the protesters who turned out on tax day to support it.  But despite the media’s best efforts, the protesters turned out again in Glenn’s studio to explain themselves.  And I believe they are going to turn out again and again.  Because they’re the people, and the country belongs to them. 

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

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