Kiran: Tea Party Blooper?

American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry seems to get stewed when she interviews her Tea Party guests: today was no exception. Looking like Carol Costello discussing Sarah Palin, Kiran had her arms crossed and her mind apparently made up when she and co-anchor John Roberts interviewed Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin, one of Time’s “100 Most Influential” people. As the duo began to question Martin, they looked like the tired trope of good cop/bad cop. Or, perhaps, more aptly, they seemed like two desperate priests trying to exorcise the evil spirit that now possessed Time and, by extension, the entire Time-Warner family, including CNN herself.

Opening the interview, John served up a softball to Martin about the nature of the Tea Party. After she had answered that it was both a political and protest movement with the “three core values” of “fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government,” and free markets, Kiran went in for the kill. After acknowledging the Tea Party’s growing support by the American public (20% in the latest poll), Kiran opined, “Some of them also have radical views, I guess you could say, sometimes when it comes to race and other things. How did that sort of start to seep into what you say is the core of the movement?”

Not accepting Kiran’s bald premise about the heart of the Tea Party, Martin riposted, “Well, in Tea Party Patriots, we have no place for that. If we see somebody who’s doing something racist, we tell them to leave our events.  We’re there for our core values. We want to reclaim our founding principles in this country.”

Giving Kiran a rest, tag-team partner John innocently interposed, “What is that you think, Jenny Beth, that has led so many people to come to the Tea Party movement in such a short period of time?” When he more pointedly added, “I guess we should point out, too, that most of them according to polling are disaffected Republicans, Kiran nodded her agreement.

Then, after Martin had answered John’s question and his follow-ups, Kiran raised the specter of race again. Kiran queried, “At a lot of the rallies and according to a lot of the polling, nearly 80% of people that say they support the Tea Party or go to the rallies [or are actively involved are Caucasian. What would you say to minorities who say, ‘Is there a really a place for me as part of the Tea Party movement?'” (Unfortunately, Kiran failed to disclose the salient fact that 2008 U.S. Census estimates indicate that 80% of Americans are white.)

In response, Martin replied, “Absolutely, there is a place for you. This is about ordinary citizens in America, and we’re reclaiming our founding principles. And those principles are liberty: it effects everyone in this country regardless of race or age.”

Kiran, America  embraced post-racial politics with the election of President Obama. Obviously, our nation should stay on course. Now, we must make certain that that “buried hatchet” remains so.

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3 Responses to “Kiran: Tea Party Blooper?”

  1. Kep Says:

    These libs make laughingstocks of themselves! The likes of Kiran, John and the rest of their liberal media cohorts show their desperation to discredit ordinary Americans who dare to take issue with anything the federal gov’t does under President Obama. They will defend this man at any cost. CNN is famous for centering so much of their programming on race. The network tries to turn every single issue into something racial. These lefties accuse conservatives of being obsessed with race, but as we can clearly see, they are the ones who are trying to stir up trouble. Shame on them.

  2. Kep Says:

    Got one more thing to say about this. I am of the firm belief that there are many conservative black Americans in this country. But do you know why they don’t publicly present themselves that way many times? The reason is staring us in the face every time we turn on the liberal boob tube. Our conscience and values deficient media, and yes, this includes tv news, will make life a living hell for blacks who dare to think for themselves. This may be why more of them don’t show up at the Tea Parties. It’s closed minded liberals like John and Kiran who contribute to this atmosphere.

  3. Hannity Limbaugh Says:

    “I want my country back!”

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