Dave Weigel’s new blog at the ‘Kaplan Daily’ is a giant win for the sane people among us. Now he’s got a larger and presumably more “mainstream” (i.e., low information) audience for his keen sense of the ridiculous:
CNN’s decision to embed with the Tea Party Express as it traveled toward D.C. — Fox News did the same thing last year, in the run-up to the Sept. 12 taxpayer march on Washington — befuddled the right and left alike. Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher speculated that the network was out for “nuggets of gold,” video and photos of tea partyers waving racist signs.
That’s not how CNN’s Shannon Travis describes his embed experience.
“[H]ere’s what you don’t often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper. … It is important to show the colorful anger Americans might have against elected leaders and Washington. But people should also see the orange-vested Tea Party hospitality handlers who welcome you with colorful smiles. There were a few signs that could be seen as offensive to African-Americans. But by and large, no one I spoke with or I heard from on stage said anything that was approaching racist.
Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.
Of course, Weigel’s got plenty of important sercon posts about conservatives in general and Republicans in particular. But it’s his Menckenian eye for the ridiculous that I really appreciated when he was writing for The Washington Independent, and his new post will give access to more sources as well as larger targets.