The Tax Day tea parties, which emanated from some CNBC’s Rick Santelli reporting about Obama’s plan to bail out some distressed mortgage holders, have certainly made a splash.
Thomas Frank and some others such as Firedoglake feel that these events are not spontaneous uprisings, but a coordinated public relations campaign, funded by certain right-wing foundations and promoted by, of course, Fox News.
That’s interesting and credible – but didn’t Southerners complain that the civil rights movement was provoked and funded by “outside agitators”? Weren’t they, in a sense, correct?
Sure, it’s easier to get a movement going if you can attract funding – and the wealthy have learned that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. But if these rallies are actually a hit with the public, doesn’t that tell us something?