The Tea Party movement: deluded and inspired by billionaires

By funding numerous rightwing organisations, the mega-rich Koch brothers have duped millions into supporting big businessThe Tea Party movement is remarkable in two respects. It is one of the biggest exercises in false consciousness the world has seen – and the biggest Astroturf operation in history. These accomplishments are closely related.An Astroturf campaign is a fake grassroots movement: it purports to be a spontaneous uprising of concerned ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Alexia Katz - Oct 25, 2010 - 12:23 PM PDT
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Edited by: Alexia Katz - Oct 26, 2010 - 1:10 PM PDT

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Patricia L'Herrou
4.2
by Patricia L'Herrou - Oct. 28, 2010

by a british progressive who has done his checking, the story follows the monied ways and means that the americans who want less gov't, fewer taxes, but who were originally angry at the bailout ,are now perhaps unwittingly, focused on aiding those same corporate interests to become even stronger.

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Oct. 28, 2010

Good journalism. Reasoned, well researched, well written, offering valuable information.

It’s a shame that in order to find out what’s going on in our country, we must go to media outside our country. Away from the right-wing controlled media–all of which have been centralized under ownership of five huge corporations and transformed into the propaganda arm of the corporate oligarchy. After the Bush administration got finished, there were left no objective independent media; no independent news, no independent print, no independent broadcasting, even independent ... More »

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Oct. 27, 2010

This is another article of quality jopurnalism. It appears to be factual and is well reasoned. My concern that if a British paper understands this issue and reports on it, where is the American press<

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Michael Shaver
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by Michael Shaver - Oct. 28, 2010

The Tea Party Movement: Diluted Inspired by Billionaires This article provides enough information without getting overly complicated. The more adventurous reader can scroll down to the bottom of the article and will be able to find the fully footnoted article on his website. The article is timely in light of the fact that over the past week we've been hearing from the original tea party founders how they have felt the movement has been hijacked by other interests. The author notes that the tea party is made up of passionate, well-meaning people who are convinced they are fighting the big corporate machines that are running Washington. They are unaware as to who is providing financing and directing the mission, as far as most ... More »

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Alexia Katz
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by Alexia Katz - Oct. 26, 2010
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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Oct. 28, 2010

Very informative and well researched.

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Roland F. Hirsch
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by Roland F. Hirsch - Oct. 26, 2010

This opinion piece is worthless as journalism. It repeats the latest Democratic Party talking points against the tea party movement. If the author had done any research he would know that they are false, that the tea parties are not "astroturf"; they involve millions of REAL PEOPLE. Astroturf is when you send messages, such as letters to the editor from phony names and addresses, hoping to generate an impression of real support for a position.

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Kaylee Lentz
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by Kaylee Lentz - Oct. 26, 2010

This story has me lifting an eyebrow about the Tea Party even more than what it was; very informative. There must have been an outstanding amount of research put into this article. I'm glad that the author took a simple subject (fake grassroots movement), explained it, then put it in a much broader context. The focus on the Kochs was very beneficial too since they are behind a lot of this Tea Party business.

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Donald Barnes
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by Donald Barnes - Oct. 28, 2010

Storytelling is storytelling. Whether the story is a sermon, a film, a desertation, or a news story, the method is the same: tell 'em what you will tell 'em, and then tell 'em. This story's title tells 'em what you will 'em. These few brief paragraphs then tells 'em. Additionally it introduces and defines Astroturf campaign, and heralds a new film,(Astro)Turf Wars, that should be well worth veiwing. News stories are seldom this good and brief. Would that it were more timely.

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