Imagine you’re a month-old political group that exists chiefly on Facebook. You’ve never mounted a protest of any size or significance. You’ve collected $500 in online donations. Your first meeting in the Seattle area generated less enthusiasm than a 2003 demonstration against a local latte tax.
Question: How much media coverage can you realistically expect?
Answer: C, provided you’re a left-leaning organization with a name and an aim that mock one of the mainstream media’s least-loved populist movements, the Tea Party.
How else to explain the news judgment behind the Post’s February 26 article, “Coffee Party activists say their civic brew’s a tastier choice than Tea Party’s,” which gives bottles of free ink to a barely born group known as Coffee Party USA? As Post writer Dan Zak enthuses:
Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party—the scattershot citizen uprising against big government and wild spending—Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger into a Facebook status update.
In an apparent swipe at the Tea Party, Zak says the Coffee Party’s goals are to:
Read More: by Frank Ross, Big Journalism
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