<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&amp;c2=15743189&amp;cv=2.0&amp;cj=1&amp;&amp;c5=&amp;c15=">

Mainstream Media Scream: Post essayist uses JFK killing to slap Tea Party


This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a column in the Washington Post's coverage of the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas. In it, University of Texas journalism professor Bill Minutaglio used the killing to impugn the Tea Party and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

“To find the very roots of the Tea Party of 2013, just go back to downtown Dallas in 1963, back to the months and weeks leading to the Kennedy assassination. It was where and when a deeply angry political polarization, driven by a band of zealots, burst wide open in America,” he wrote in the column, “Essay: Tea Party has roots in the Dallas of 1963.”

He added:

“Here we are in 2013 and the echo is painfully clear: The ad hominem attacks against a ‘socialist president.’ The howling broadcasters. The mega-rich men from Texas funding the political action campaigns. There is even another charismatic, Ivy-educated ideologue: Sen. Ted Cruz would have been quite comfortable in Dallas 1963.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “If new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos wants to get conservatives to read his newspaper, this is the kind of derisive silliness he needs to rid from his pages and site. No matter what ‘far right’ hostility to JFK existed in Dallas, it is irrelevant given a far-left communist committed the murder. And for the Post to use the 50th anniversary to impugn a modern conservative politician, Ted Cruz, as somehow ‘comfortable in Dallas 1963’ is an outrageous slander.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.