How Fox Is Making Hay from Tea Parties

Watching cable news these days, you might think last year's Presidential election was still in full swing. The Fox News Channel's (NWS) right-leaning prime time shows have all but anointed themselves the Tea Party channel, marshaling Obama opponents for antitax parties around the country that its anchors stoked by calling it a "growing revolution." Meanwhile, MSNBC's (GE) ultraliberal commentator Rachel Maddow denounced the "revolution" as "tea tantrums," while fellow MSNBC talking head Chris Matthews could barely restrain his disgust at the protests. Even the traditionally evenhanded CNN (TWX) seemed to join the Fox bashers when reporter Howard Kurtz clucked that Fox "practically seems to be a co-sponsor of the event."

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