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More than 2,000 protests planned for Tax Day – even in Denmark

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Tea parties going global
More than 2,000 protests planned for Tax Day – even in Denmark
Posted: April 13, 2009
8:40 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Tax Day Tea Party, organizer for April 15 rallies

While WND has found information for more than 700 tea parties, the American Family Association is reporting Tax Day protests for 2,000 cities – and Tax Day Tea Party claims the movement has now spread overseas.

With less than two days before citizens take to the streets, the mainstream media are beginning to report the widespread movement – but many major outlets are doing so in critical columns and television reports.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote, "Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesn't feel right to make fun of crazy people."

He said the tea parties are not an accurate representation of public sentiment.

"They're AstroTurf (fake grassroots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects," he wrote.

Paul Krugman (photo: Princeton University)

USA Today reported that the nationwide protest would number only 500 U.S. town and cities, while a Forbes columnist argued that "federal revenues as a share of the gross domestic product will be lower this year than any year since 1950."

MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" denigrated the movement with puns for 13 minutes, calling it "insanitea" organized by conservative activists. She laughed out loud as she disparaged "tea-baggers" during the broadcast.

MSNBC's David Shuster accused Fox News of "fluffing" the Tax Day tea parties after the news channel became one of few major media outlets to consistently report on the events.

Newsweek Senior Editor Daniel Gross said the movement was "AstroTurf" rather than grassroots because he alleges it began from the top down, according to NewsBusters.

"I think, when it comes to teabagging, the president should probably just ignore this," Gross said. "He's got 10 other things on his plate, you know, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the banking crisis, the overall economic situation, health care. To get bogged down with a – you know, what seems to be a fringe group of people throwing consumer products into the lakes and rivers of this nation doesn't seem to be worthy of his attention. …"

However, hundreds of U.S. dailies and local news stations are announcing Tax Day tea parties in various towns and cities.

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