Monday, April 13, 2009

Tea Parties Spark Conservative Insurgency Online

Via Glenn Reynolds, check out this Fox News report, "Move Over, MoveOn: Tea Parties Spark Conservative Insurgency Online":


Conservatives may be catching up with their liberal counterparts in building a Web-driven, grassroots campaign to push their agenda.

The online insurgency-in-the-making revolves around the so-called tea parties, the anti-tax protests popping up around the country that they expect to culminate Wednesday -- tax day -- with hundreds of rallies nationwide.

The movement, which expanded over the last two months via the Web, is now relying heavily on independent media Web sites to track and cover the campaign.

The digital evolution of conservative activists comes too late to help John McCain, whose new media arm was left in the dust by President Obama's campaign. But organizers are holding out hope that this movement has juice.

"It's thoroughly viral," said Glenn Reynolds, the blogger who hosts an online news show for the Web site Pajamas TV.

Pajamas TV is on the frontlines of new media coverage for the tea parties. The Web site already has covered some protests and is pledging to recruit an army of citizen journalists, working without pay, to cover the hundreds of protests on April 15.

Roger L. Simon, co-founder of the blog network Pajamas Media, which includes Pajamas TV, said the site went after tea party coverage because the mainstream media didn't.

He said Pajamas TV has more than 200 people registered to report on Wednesday's tea parties. He said they'll send in text reports, as well as videos and photos, to drive what he expects to be about 12 straight hours of online coverage.

"They'll be across the country essentially," he said, calling the operation a "big experiment."

"What will the quality of these reports be? Variable of course," Simon said. "But that's the nature of the beast."

The Web site currently features extensive footage of Tea Party protests, including interviews with activists and roundtable discussions.

From here, Simon wants to use the network of volunteer reporters for future assignments. Reynolds, who is also a law professor at the University of Tennessee, said he'll cover the protest in Knoxville and then return to co-anchor an online broadcast from his home.
There's more at the link.

See also:

* Common Sense Political Thought, "Mob Populism."

* Moe Lane, "I’d just like to note for the record ..."

* Nice Deb, "
The Confused Critics of the Tax Day Tea Parties."

* Robert Stacy McCain, "
Sully and the Tea Party Truthers."

* Paco Enterprises, "
Protest is not a Leftwing Monopoly."

* Valley of the Shadow, "The Story of Icarus and the Democrats."


The Griper said...

i would only add that this movement is a real grass roots movement too. there is no real leadership in the movement as was the democratic grass roots movement

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks Griper!

Dan Nexon said...

AP, 14 April 2008: The conservative movement recently defined socialism as increased infrastructure spending and a 39.6% marginal tax rate on the highest income bracket. "Yes, we supported massive increases in domestic spending, rolled back the Gingrich-era reductions in agricultural subsidies, and oversaw the largest expansion in US entitlement programs since the 1960s," said a Republican member of congress who asked that his name be withheld, "we've finally realized what separates our policies from those of the socialists." The new bright line in the sand? "Socialism kicks in at a 37% marginal rate for couples making more than 250,000 a year."

When asked to comment, the ghost of Dwight D. Eisenhower expressed surprise at his new status as a radical member of the left. But he refused to disown the highway system that bears his name. "In my day, we still believed in public goods," he explained. "And at least I didn't spend like a drunken sailor on the military-industrial complex and consumption spending." Then, in an apparent reference to President George W. Bush's eight years in office, he added: "I avoided the garrison state, damnit!"

Ronald Regan's specter, however, expressed relief that, due to his minimal commitment to infrastructure spending, he only qualified as "half socialist." But then, remembering Hayek's critique of "mixed economies," he drifted off mumbling something about "hanging out with the new leader of the Internationale, Margaret Thatcher."

Tim said...

Nice Dan. I see no one could best that, so you get the last word.

Again, there is no memory left in the Republican party. They cannot remember what they stood for yesterday.