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  •  Correct. The Tea Party was a creation of the (27+ / 0-)

    ultra-wealthy in the first place.

    They also had free and extensive coverage on a prominent national news network (I said prominent, not good), as The Daily Show mocked when FOX News cut away to a Tea Party rally with... zero participants.

    0.  None.  Nada.

    Meanwhile, left and populist protests largely get ignored even when there are tens or hundreds of thousands of people.  (Why Occupy had to camp out.)

    Not saying we can't do it, but we need a full understanding of the dynamics at work.

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    by cai on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 06:49:17 PM PDT

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    •  This is true, and also note (1+ / 0-)
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      pennyck

      ...how much free publicity the D and R candidates get from the mainstream news media in an election year. It's like they can barely fart without the media talking about it, and then asking their D or R opponent for his response, and then getting some pundit to talk about them both... and every time the media fawns over them their names get pounded into your head.

      Again.
      Again.
      Again.
      Again.

      Meanwhile, qualified independent and third-party candidates (meaning "qualified to run", but sometimes also qualified to serve in office) barely get a mention. Ask voters on election day if they considered any of them and the usual answer will be "who's that?" In future elections, the media will use the excuse that nobody cares about the alternate candidates they won't talk about to justify not talking about them.

      None of this is a coincidence.

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