True & False Tea Partiers

This evening I will be attending our local Tea Party. Will the event be reported accurately? There’s some doubt about that nationwide. A movement is underway to sabotage Tea Party rallies by infiltrating them with opponents posing as supporters. These fakers will attempt to act in such an outrageous manner, or carry signs with hateful messages, that the media will present them as the rank-and-file Tea Partier.

Michelle Malkin penned an article yesterday that pinpoints the disrupters’ strategy. For the entire article, go here. She begins this way:

One of the popular signs spotted at Tea Party protests across the country over the past year goes like this: “It doesn’t matter what this sign says. You’ll call it racism, anyway!”

That has been the cry from the Democratic Party and their friends in the media from the inception of this movement.

President Obama’s community organizing allies whispered “racist,” “fascist” and “fringe” in the earliest days of the stimulus demonstrations in January and February 2009, when hundreds of first-time protesters turned out on the streets in Washington State, Colorado, Arizona and Kansas. The whispers turned to hysterical screams as hundreds became thousands and thousands became millions of peaceful marchers who gathered for the first nationwide Tax Day Tea Party. Some fringe, huh?

Malkin then shares what happened to her:

I speak from direct experience about the underhandedness of Tea Party smear merchants. On Feb. 17, 2009, at one of the country’s first tax revolt rallies in Denver, a man approached me amid a throng of bona fide anti-stimulus protesters and thrust a camera in my face. I obliged cheerfully, as I usually do after such speaking events. I later learned from the character assassins at Progress Now, a left-wing outfit that just happened to be there and just happened to snap a close-up photo of the interaction, that the man pulled out a sign at the last minute (which I didn’t see until later) sporting Obama’s name with a swastika on it. He held the sign away from me, but in direct view of the Progress Now cameraperson.

That cameraperson just happened to be a former CNN producer, whose blog post on the photo just happened to be immediately disseminated by the local press and to the hit men at the radical-left Media Matters website. The narrative was set: A conservative supporter of the nascent Tea Party movement posed for a photo with a man holding up a swastika at a protest against out-of-control spending! Ergo, the anti-stimulus protesters and the entire Tea Party membership are all racist, fascist menaces to society!

So if you hear about those “awful Tea Party people” in the coming days, please keep in mind what’s happening behind the scenes. The most amusing part of this for me is that those who are used to being the protesters are befuddled when confronted with legitimate opposition to their policies.

Yes, the current protesters aren’t the typical fare: they work, raise children, and believe that God will only bless a nation that honors Him.