Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Time Photos of the Year - What didn't make it

I don't get to watch the Glen Beck show on a regular basis. Today, was a rare exception that I watched the show during the 5 pm showing.

Among many other things that show discusses tonight, one of the topics was The Person of the Year selection of Ben Bernanke. He probably wouldn't have been the person I would have voted for, but I can see why he was picked. He has had a great deal of influence on the lives of everyday people. He is part of the reason the economy is in the state that it is in. His influence has affected people all over the world.

But, Beck took it a little further and talked about the photos that Time has chosen as the photos of 2009. Out of 48, not one included the tea party movement. We no longer exist. We have moved beyond being dismissed as crazy and called other derogatory names to being non-existent.  People for the first time in thier lives stood up and said no to the largesse and coruption of the federal government.  We stood out in the rain and the cold to have our voices heard.  We have shown up at the congressional buildings with little notice, we have taken time off from work.  We have spent our own money to help spread the word.  Complete strangers have gotten together for a common cause.  This movement made a significant change in the outcome of the election in the NY-23.  While it didn't go the way the movement would have liked, but it served notice that the potential of our making changes in the make up of the congress next year is there. 

I decided to go and take a look at the photos that were chosen instead for myself. Here is my personal favorite:

This is unofficial holiday of pot as celebrated at The University of Colorado Boulder

Not only did the tea party movement not make a mention, neither did Sarah Palin. Palin has the bestselling book of the year; it wasn't released until the middle of November. I could very well be mistaken, but I would think that is some sort of record.  People all across the country waited for hours to spend about 60 seconds with her while she signed her book for them.  She is blogged about constantly; she is loved and hated all at once.  That doesn't merit a picture? 

The media bias in this country is truly stunning.

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