Rendell: Media blow Tea Parties out of proportion

By David Edwards
Sunday, April 18, 2010 12:02 EDT
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Tea Parties dominated the news on tax day but Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell says the media are giving the protest movement too much credit.

“{W]hat’s the Tea Party itself? If you say it’s the anger that people feel about the economy, et cetera, that’s giving the Tea Party too much credit,” Rendell told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday.

“We had two recent Tea Party demonstrations in Washington. One a week before the health care vote, drew about 1,000 people. The tax day rally by the organizers’ own estimate was 1,500 people,” explained the governor.

“If I organized a rally for stronger laws to protect puppies, I would get 100,000 people to Washington. So, I think the media has blown the Tea Party themselves out of proportion,” said Rendell.

This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast April 18, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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