Some urban myths just won't die in the traditional media. Over the last year or so, it has been rumored in some of these circles that the Tea Party is dead. This was after the Tea Party was rumored to be racist. Meanwhile, the Occupy Movement was declared to be the next major movement in American politics, and peaceful to boot.
ABC is one of these traditional media sources with at least the occasional bias against the Tea Party (remember Brian Ross?), but fortunately they also bring in a few conservative to counter all the liberals they have on the air. This past Sunday, it was George Will who brought the reality of the Tea Party's success home to his fellow Roundtable participants by pointing out all the flaws in the liberal analysis of the Tea Party (via the Newsbusters transcript):
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Before we go, George, Ann Coulter talks about energizing the base. I think we saw one base that was certainly energized this week by the -- in Texas, the Tea Party had a big victory by the election of Ted Cruz. He's going to be the Republican Senate nominee, almost certainly the next senator from Texas.
GEORGE WILL: Another example of journalistic malpractice in this country - the constant writing off of the Tea Party, which just goes about its business of electing senators. They'll elect Cruz, they'll probably elect Mourdock in Indiana, they'll probably elect Deb Fischer in Nebraska. Often, George, the most interesting and important fights in American politics aren't between the parties, they're within the parties. People say about Ted Cruz, well, he's part of the anti-intellectual Tea Party. Well, Princeton, Harvard, clerked for Justice Rehnquist, I don't think so.
WILL: Then, they say, well, he doesn't play well with others. And people in Texas say, he doesn't play well with others? Send him to Washington.
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