Media Matters Attacks Rasmussen Tea Party Book

Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 10:58 AM

By Jim Meyers

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The left-wing organization Media Matters for America has gone on the attack against Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen’s new book about the tea party movement.

The pollsters’ book “Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System” has shot to No. 2 on Amazon.com’s list of best-sellers in the Political Parties category, and to No. 14 among all books in the Politics category, since it was published on Sept. 14.

But Media Matters’ senior fellow Karl Frisch seeks to disparage “Mad As Hell” in an article on the group’s website, claiming that the authors “lie early” in the book.

Editor’s Note: Get your copy of “Mad as Hell” at a great price from Amazon — Go Here Now.

Frisch cites a passage in the book’s introduction quoting from an April 2009 Frisch column that states, in part: “Despite repeatedly claiming its coverage is ‘fair and balanced,’ despite its attack on anyone who dares claim or imply the cable outlet tilts to the right, despite encouraging viewers to say ‘no’ to biased media, Fox News has frequently aired segments imploring its audience to get involved with tea-party protests across the country.”

Rasmussen and Schoen state: “All of the above is patently false. In this book, we will set the record straight.”

Frisch asserts that the “patently false” claim is itself false. And he carps: “I defy anyone to give me an example of a bigger megaphone on the right than Fox News. For what it is worth, the tea party protests were promoted or covered on numerous Fox News shows.”

Frisch goes so far as to note that “Mad As Hell” is “published by Harper Collins, which is owned by the right-wing network’s parent company, News Corp.”

In a recent Newsmax interview, author Schoen observed that a schism has developed between establishment Republicans and the GOP candidates who have tea party support, and pointed to the “energy and enthusiasm of a genuine grass-roots movement, which is what the tea parties are.”

In their book, Rasmussen and Scott dispel many myths about the tea party, and detail how it is a genuine mainstream movement including a diverse group of American who are angry with the Washington establishment.

Editor’s Note: Get your copy of “Mad as Hell” at a great price from Amazon — Go Here Now.

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