Teapartiers Ignore Reality, Seek ‘Truth’ From Beck and Fox News
March 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Earlier in the week, as hundreds of tea party members converged on the Capitol to protest against passage of healthcare reform, David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter surveyed a random group of protesters, asking various questions about their knowledge of the issues. What he found was a shocking lack of basic knowledge about federal taxation and the healthcare ranking of the U.S. compared to the rest of the world. Overall, the teapartiers believe their taxes have gone up under the Obama administration. They haven’t. They have gone down. And tea party members believe they pay three times as much in taxes, as is really the case. So, a recent YouTube documentary showing teapartiers displaying willful ignorance of what’s actually in the healthcare reform bill, should come as no surprise.
The documentary was produced by New Left Media, and shows a reporter interviewing teapartiers protesting in the Capitol on Tuesday March, 16, as they hoisted homemade signs depicting Obama as Hitler and railing against a Socialized government take over of healthcare. Of all of the teapartiers shown, not one person was able to point to a specific provision in the healthcare bill that backed upped their false assertions about death panels and a tyrannical government takeover. When pressed, they said that they received their information about the bill from Fox News and Glenn Beck.
The tea party protesters have every right to make their voices heard and hold their Congressional Representatives accountable. But their lack of knowledge about the very issues they claim to be protesting against, makes it difficult to take them seriously.
New Left Media described the people in the documentary, as proudly ignorant of reality. “Averse to facts, no one interviewed was able to cite evidence for their false beliefs about the reform proposal, and instead suggested we seek the “truth” from Glenn Beck and Fox News.”