Thursday, April 23, 2009

This Revolution Will be Televised, Politics of Tax Day Tea Parties

Talk Nation Radio will be slightly delayed this week but we suggest you consider airing this week's Sprouts. The show explores what right wing Republicans and Libertarians have been doing to organize web pages and blogs in anticipation of the 2010 Congressional elections. We anticipate a release time of midnight tonight, Thurs. April 23, 2009. Thank you very much for your patience. Also we are working on the Talk Nation web page. Dori

Sprouts for April 22, 2009
This Week on Sprouts: Tax Day Tea Parties

This Revolution will be Televised

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Produced by Dori Smith of Talk Nation Radio in Storrs, Connecticut
Left KU Channel Thursday April 23, 2009 at 3PM EST
Total time 29:43

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We hear from Brian Frederick, Deputy Editorial Director at Media Matters for America in Washington DC, Thomas MacMillan of the New Haven Independent in New Haven Connecticut, and Peter Howe, of Boston's NECN TV, a founding member of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting put together in collaboration with journalism organizations in New England and Boston University.

We study the politics behind Tax Day Tea Party demonstrations April 15th. They were not so much 'grass roots' as 'AstroTurf' roots, says MacMillan.

We examine the media coverage that helped numerous Republican candidates like Connecticut's Rob Simmons, use FOX Network as a kind of Tax Day Campaign Headquarters. Fox's Connecticut affiliate has now merged with the state's largest newspaper, the Hartford Courant. And we featuring portions of an audio history of the Tax Day media coverage by Fox and other networks on Media Matters for America and County Fair, their blog.

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