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Why are lefty protesters never called “radical”?

The Times of the UK, which is pretty much The New York Times of England, had this to say today about the House Call-Kill the Bill rally in Washington yesterday:

Thousands of radical conservatives crowded on to the steps of the Capitol yesterday to voice their anger over Democrat spending plans and yearning for the presence of the one person they really wished was there, but wasn’t: Sarah Palin.

See what they did there? In one paragraph the average American taxpayers who bussed in to Washington to seek a redress of grievances from their elected leaders are radicals. And therefore their favorite politician, Sarah Palin, must be a radical too. Right? Clever those Brits.

When was the last time you saw a news report where a leftist protest was termed anything, much less radical. Usually the media won’t even describe it as a liberal or left-wing protest. It’s just a protest, the normal outpouring of deserved outrage with which all reasonable people can agree.

And here’s another example of unbiased coverage, this time from The Washington Post:

With the stage set for a historic House vote on health-care reform this weekend, an estimated 10,000 conservative activists descended on Capitol Hill on Thursday for a campaign-style rally in a last-ditch effort to defeat a bill they demonized as “Pelosi-Care.”

So the mainstream media, which will not venture to suggest that the Ft. Hood alleged shooter’s religion might have had something to do with his motivation, is quick to read the minds of the protesters yesterday and divine that their goal was demonization.

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