Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tennessee Tea Party, Textbooks and Slavery: The Best Snowballing Media Scandal of ... Last Year?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:00 AM

For the past couple of days, the blogosphere has been having deja vu all over again. As a result, some recycled outrage is afoot. At least Pith thought it sounded oddly familiar.

On Monday, crack journalists at the Huffington Post and Think Progress sounded the alarm that the Tennessee Tea Party had issued a demand for references to slavery to be removed from history textbooks, in order that we might not tarnish the image of the country’s white founders. On Tuesday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal reported the same and, as of this writing, the conservative rabble-rousers were set to be featured on Keith Olbermann’s "Worst Persons in the World" segment.

Oh no. Not again, right? Actually ... yeah. That’s right. Pith-a-Fact says: PANTS ON FIRE!

While it appears the Tennessee Tea Party did make the aforementioned outrageous demands, they did it a year ago. You know how you spend the first week of a new year writing the wrong year on your checks? It looks like the same thing happened here.

Go ahead. Click through those HuffPo links you usually (and understandably) ignore. You’ll notice that the HuffPo, ThinkProgress and WSJ posts all link to either this Salon article or this Memphis Commercial-Appeal article. Both were written in January of 2011. What’s more, the 2012 HuffPo article links to the 2011 Salon article, which links to a 2011 ... HuffPo article.

Pith isn’t high on the list of Tea Party defenders, but come on. They didn’t demand the whitewashing of history textbooks TWO YEARS IN A ROW. What kind of people do you think they are?

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