Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post has a good point about yesterday’s tea bagging:
These Tea Parties are really fun to cover and to blog about, but once you get so far inside the machinery of media and politics, it's easy to forget how isolated and insulating it can be, and that sometimes, just because there's a thing that's filling the newshole like gangbusters, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a massively important cultural event. For what it's worth, Tea Party day remains a faddish phenomenon enjoyed by a tiny hyper-involved portion of the public.
This sentiment was proven true this morning on the Today show. The protests weren’t the first story, or the second. In fact, it was the second or third general news story delivered by Ann Curry. The protests received a sentence, which was tacked on as an afterthought to an already mundane story about the tax deadline having come and gone.
The funniest story of the day does not come from one of the many protests. It actually comes from a blogger known as The Blogess, who was relaying a story about her trip to the grocery store:
Then when I was checking out the bagger asked me if I was “going to any teabagging parties today”. Like, WTF? And the cashier was just looking at me waiting for my response and I was all “Uh…no” because I was too shocked to say anything else and then I got home and thought maybe teabagging means something else now but no, I googled it and it still totally means the same thing.
Many thanks, again, to Jason Linkins.