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For the second time in a month, the cable news network, CNN, announced that they would be teaming up with the Tea Party Express. In a move unprecedented in TV news history, CNN is giving live coverage to the Tea Party response to president Obama’s State of the Union address, on top of the Republican response. This follows the controversial decision by CNN to partner with the Tea Party Express to host a Republican presidential debate in the fall. No other news network will be giving Bachmann live coverage.


This contentious first step took place when Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), head of the Tea Party Caucus, joined with the Tea Party Express to announce that she would give a Tea Party response to the State of the Union address. These remarks are in addition to the usual opposition party response, being given this year by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). News networks have never before provided such a platform.  Not even Fox News plans to air Bachmann’s speech live.

The whole story is available at the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights website.

Devin Burghart

Author Devin Burghart

is vice president of IREHR. He coordinates our Seattle office, directs our research efforts, and manages our online communications. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin is frequently quoted as an expert by print, broadcast, and online media outlets. In 2007, he was awarded a Petra Foundation fellowship. more...

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