When it comes to the Tea Party movement, the stereotypes don't tell the whole story.
Here's what you often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: offensive posters blasting President Obama and Democratic leaders; racist rhetoric spewed from what seems to be a largely white, male audience; and angry protesters rallying around the Constitution.
Case in point: During the health care debate last month, opponents shouted racial slurs at civil rights icon Georgia Rep. John Lewis and one person spit on Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. The incidents made national headlines, and they provided Tea Party opponents with fodder to question the movement.
But here's what you don't often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper.
So when the liberal media actually takes part in a Tea Party rally (mind you, Tea Party activists have reached out and invited the scum at MSNBC to their rallies several times, only to be turned down) instead of just relying on lies, smears and photo docs, they find that the Tea Party is neither 'EVIL!' or 'RACIST!', but a direct and diverse reflection of the frustration Americans have with the current leadership in this country. See what can happen when you put aside the partisan B.S. and actually do your jobs as news reporters? People might actually start viewing you as credible. Shocker.