At the top of Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer declared: “In your face. The Tea Party puts its confrontational style on display during a stop on President Obama’s bus tour.” Later, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd lamented how “uplifting moments” of Obama’s Midwest tour were interrupted by “a bitter taste of the energy and confrontational style of the Tea Party.”
Throughout Todd’s report, the headline on screen read: “The Politics of Anger; Tea Party Tactics Change Race for President.” Todd noted how: “For their part, the leading Republican presidential candidates are going out of their way to defend the Tea Party’s in-your-face tactics.” In a sound bite, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza explained that Republicans, “want a candidate who is willing to fight President Obama on all fronts at all times. They want confrontation, not conciliation.”
MATT LAUER: In your face. The Tea Party puts its confrontational style on display during a stop on President Obama’s bus tour. While the GOP’s newest candidate Rick Perry is facing some criticism from both parties. We’ll tell you why.
Has Lauer even been to a tea party?
The tea partiers who spoke with Obama were polite, they shook his hand, and expressed dissent. It’s dangerous for Matt Lauer to suggest that simple dissent and questioning of our elected leaders is more than it is. Every violent incident has been the result of progressive thuggery that he has failed to report as a journalist. Failed, or chose to ignore.
Will Lauer discuss the Ohio union shooting on tomorrow’s program and those “in your face” tactics?