Sunday, March 21, 2010

WSJ | Signs Tea Party coverage tilts right?

The Wall Street Journal has been described as shifting its Washington coverage toward the right. Against that backdrop, a comparison of Tea Party coverage yesterday, featuring relevant passages; the Journal's coverage lacks reference to the racial and anti-gay invective:
  • WSJ: Amid chants of “kill the bill,” Republican congressmen urged the crowd to punish Democrats at the polls in November. “This weekend will, I believe, mark the end of the liberal ascendancy in Washington, D.C.,” said Rep. Mike Pence (R., Ind.).
  • The New York Times: While most of the invective was directed at the health care bill itself, several House members said there was an ugly tone to comments made by some demonstrators against three black lawmakers: Representatives AndrĂ© Carson of Indiana, Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and John Lewis of Georgia, all Democrats.
  • USA Today: House Minority Leader John Boehner, speaking this morning on Meet the Press, said the anti-gay and racial epithets directed at Democratic members of Congress Saturday were "reprehensible."
  • The Washington Post: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon. The most high-profile openly gay congressman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), was heckled with anti-gay chants.

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