In the wake of the massive 9/12 march on Washington, American citizens outraged by President Obama and the actions of Congress are now setting their sights on a new target – the so-called mainstream media.
On his Sept. 14 show, talk show host Rush Limbaugh urged citizens who are frustrated by a media blackout of the nation’s growing movement against Obama administration policies to bring their protests to the front doors of major media outlets.
9/12 march on Washington photo (Flickr)
“The media [are] no longer reporters. They are repeaters,” Limbaugh said. “There have been hundreds and thousands of protests by conservative groups that haven’t been covered, and tiny turnouts by the left that are covered.”
He continued, “What about this? We’re looking for a force multiplier. Yeah, the protest in Washington on Saturday was great, two million people, but imagine what a force multiplier would be if the next one were held outside of local and national television networks and their headquarters where they can’t miss it?”
Limbaugh suggested citizens host tea parties “on or next to the properties housing the TV networks.”
“Dare them to cover what is right under their noses!” he said.
“Put the media in the spotlight and on the hot seat. Don’t make them the protest. Continue to protest Obama. Protest health care. Protest the loss of liberty. Protest the coming tyranny. Just do it on their property or as close to it as you can get being law-abiding and all that. … Just show up where they can’t miss it. Show up in numbers where they can’t escape it.”
Limbaugh suggested leaders of the media rallies present a list of grievances to each individual station.
“Make the challenges substantive and adult and challenge their journalistic ethics,” he said. “… I want this all to happen spontaneously.”
Now, one group has launched “Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?” The website declares, “Thanks to an American hero for the idea. We can take it from here.”
The webmaster of the operation website asked to remain nameless.
“Who wants to be the target of national media attention?” he asked.
He told WND he longed to go to D.C. but couldn’t make it since it’s a 1,000 mile-plus trip.
“I surfed all channels Sunday looking for the big story on the D.C. march and found none – save Fox News,” he said. “I was infuriated. How can anyone who calls themselves a journalist ignore this?”
As WND reported, the major news media also failed to cover the extremist background of “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones – even after he was forced to resign as a result of that background.
WND was also first on the scene when major news media failed to report in the scandal involving tax-supported ACORN leaders who were videotaped encouraging undercover operatives on ways to subvert the law and exploit under-age girls they believed were being used in a prostitution ring.
WND was on the scene yet again when major news media failed to report and downplayed attendance on Sept. 12 after the capital was rocked by the taxpayer march and rally in protest of excessive spending, bailouts, growth of big government and soaring deficits.
The “Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?” webmaster said he launched his website Tuesday morning.
“Now I’m getting thousands of hits,” he said. “I’ve sent a few e-mails. It’s catching legs. I hope the idea catches fire!”
He said several people are already planning rallies at CNN in Atlanta, Ga., and another in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area.
“Imagine: There was a million plus person march on Washington, and no one reported it,” the website states. “It did not happen.”
9/12 march on Washington photo (Flickr)
The website asks citizens to rally outside “left-wing media outlets” on Oct. 17 and lists the following locations as suggestions on where to begin:
- CNN – One CNN Center, Atlanta, Ga.
- NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams” – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
- ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson” – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
- ABC News’ “Nightline” – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
- ABC News’ “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
- CBS’ News’ “Evening News” with Katie Couric – 524 West 57th St., New York, N.Y.
- CBS’ “The Early Show” – 524 West 57th St., New York, N.Y.
- ABC News’ “Good Morning America” – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
- MSNBC’s “Today” Show – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
- “Dateline NBC” – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
- MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
- MSNBC’s “Meet The Press” – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
- New York Times – 620 Eighth Ave., New York, N.Y.
- Los Angeles Times – 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, Calif.
- Atlanta Journal Constitution – 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Ga.
- Seattle Times – 1120 John St, Seattle, Wash.
He said citizens should connect through tea party groups, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and message boards to spread the word. He also said organizers must pick the best times and local media locations for the Oct. 17 events.
“Some people messaged me and asked why not a more symbolic day,” he said. “I say, why shouldn’t we be the ones to make it a symbolic day, a day in history the press will never forget?”
Washington march photo by Barbara Hauchter
He encourages attendees to bring signs, banners, flags and voices to the events. However, he warned tea partiers not to leave litter behind.
“We’re not liberals,” he said.
Make no mistake, he said, there is no “Astroturf” springing from his website – it’s just another grass-roots movement catching fire.
“I’m just one guy, not an activist,” he told WND. “I have no sponsors, no bankroll, no agenda – except to help put a nail in the mainstream-media coffin.”