by the Left Coast Rebel
Earlier this morning Fox News spoke with a UCLA graduate student named Emily Ekins who conducted a study on tea party signs. I couldn't find video of her but did find this O'Reilly segment on her:
From the Washington Post:
A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government’s economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.
Emily Ekins, a graduate student at UCLA, conducted the survey at the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington last month by scouring the crowd, row by row and hour by hour, and taking a picture of every sign she passed.
Ekins photographed about 250 signs, and more than half of those she saw reflected a “limited government ethos,” she found — touching on such topics as the role of government, liberty, taxes, spending, deficit and concern about socialism. Examples ranged from the simple message “$top the $pending” scrawled in black-marker block letters to more elaborate drawings of bar charts, stop signs and one poster with the slogan “Socialism is Legal Theft” and a stick-figure socialist pointing a gun at the head of a taxpayer.
There were uglier messages, too — including “Obama Bin Lyin’ — Impeach Now” and “Somewhere in Kenya a Village is Missing its Idiot.” But Ekins’s analysis showed that only about a quarter of all signs reflected direct anger with Obama. Only 5 percent of the total mentioned the president’s race or religion, and slightly more than 1 percent questioned his American citizenship.
Ekins’s conclusion is not that the racially charged messages are unimportant but that media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more than it actually does.
Updated: Via user Justin Ekins at Youtube (I assume Emily Ekins brother?), a video of Emily Ekins on FBC. Unfortunately it looks as if Justin Ekins grabbed his camcorder and recorded Emily on the television:
Related: Maureen Dowd's pathetic drivel in the New York Times today, wherein she takes the reader on a trip (through her teenage years, most likely) relating the tea party female candidates to "Mean Girls."
Libertarian Republican summarizes nicely:
From Eric Dondero:
Maureen Dowd's latest column sums up liberal elitist cry-babbyism, as the Republican Party, emboldened by the Tea Party, stands to win its biggest electoral victories in over 110 years.
From Dowd's latest NY Times column, which focuses mainly on Sharron Angle, "Playing All the Angles" Oct. 16:
We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.
These women — Jan, Meg, Carly, Sharron, Linda, Michele, Queen Bee Sarah and sweet wannabe Christine — have co-opted and ratcheted up the disgust with the status quo that originally buoyed Barack Obama. Whether they’re mistreating the help or belittling the president’s manhood, making snide comments about a rival’s hair or ripping an opponent for spending money on a men’s fashion show, the Mean Girls have replaced Hope with Spite and Cool with Cold. They are the ideal nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate.