Taxpayer Dissatisfaction Not Considered Newsworthy

Taxpayer Dissatisfaction Not Considered Newsworthy

Published: Apr 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

The grassroots conservative Tea Party firestorm crossing the country stopped on the corner of Market and High Streets in West Chester last Saturday.

From noon till one, a vast cross-section of men, women, and children wearing tea bags and holding signs showed up to peacefully voice their collective discontent with taxation and government overreach. Four hundred people gathered on the courthouse steps for the hour, headlined by speeches from PA State Representative Curt Schroder and US Congressman Joe Pitts.

It certainly was newsworthy – but it apparently wasn’t news.

Conspicuously absent from the crowd were news reporters. The Daily Local sent a photographer, but even the lone West Chester newspaper could not free up an actual reporter until after the event had ended. Television news outlets admitted when contacted earlier in the week that they were not interested in coming, and they held true to their word.

So it should come as no surprise that the only news account of Saturday’s amazing turnout of concerned Americans had little to do with the actual Tea Party. It had little to do with a mass of citizens gathering with signs such as, “I’m 2 & I Owe China $80,000 Thanks To Congress,” and “Spread My Work Ethic – Not My Wealth.” It had little to do with Representative Schroder speaking emotionally about his efforts to protect our economic and voting freedoms. It had little to do with Congressman Pitts describing the delinquency of our current representatives, or the Russian immigrant speaker drawing erie parallels between the decline of his country into communism and the actions by Congress today.

There was a conservative firestorm passing through West Chester last Saturday. If it wasn’t clear before, it should be exceedingly obvious now – spreading our message of limited government, lower taxes, and economic freedom is up to us. We are not going to be helped in the slightest by traditional media outlets. Unfortunately, many of us knew this all along.