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Thank you, Mr. Levin!

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Jason Levin

Jason Levin, the middle school teacher from my home town of Beaverton, Oregon who tried to coordinate an effort to “crash the party”, managed to do what none of the alternative media, millions of everyday people and the scattered volunteer leaders of the Tea Party movement weren’t – get us positive coverage in the main stream media.  His fifteen minutes of fame lasted the better part of three days and, in the end, showed America the Tea Party isn’t some bunch of mouth-breathing rubes but their friends and neighbors with serious concerns about the direction of the country.

For those who’d not encountered the news reports starting the Monday before the 15 April 2010 income tax deadline, let me bring you up to speed.  On the first anniversary of the coming out of the conservative Tea Party movement, news stations around the country started reporting about Mr. Levin and his “Crash The Party” website.   Exercising his free speech rights, he advocated people crash the Tea Parties planned in their local area with racist, violent or homophobic signs, dressed like refugees from Hee Haw. In a post that was eventually  removed from the website, he even suggested using bogus “petitions” to gather personal information about Tea Partiers – including their Social Security number – with the intent of creating, as he put it, “mayhem” for them later.

As media attention grew, the school at first defended his actions, legitimately, as free speech, but then reports started surfacing that some of his activity took place during school time, which is against policy.  Mainstream news reports still haven’t mentioned the suggestions of harassment and identity theft advocated on the website but, at this point, Mr. Levin is on paid administrative leave and under investigation by the school district and the state.

And what about the “false flag” frauds he encouraged to infiltrate the Tea Party and exaggerate their least attractive features.  Well, as Michelle Malkin records in her blog, (http://michellemalkin.com/2010/04/15/crashers-they-came-they-saw-they-failed/), they were immediately spotted and exposed as fakes by the Tea Partiers they assumed too stupid to notice they were completely outside the norm.  You see, rather than the rednecks they think we are, we are normal, middle class folks, typically dressed in casual or business casual style rather than the overalls they expected.  Our signs ae usually creative, clever, pithy and properly spelled, not suggesting violence or revealing bigotry as they thought.  If they’d attended a Tea Party before they suggested crashing them they might have done better, but then they’d be indistinguishable from the real thing, which really wouldn’t serve their purpose.

And how did the media cover the Tea Parties?  Well, starting with the coverage of the Tea Party Express III as it made its way from Senate President Harry Reid’s home town of Searchlight, NV through turncoat Representative Bart Stupak’s district in MI (the day he announced he wasn’t seeking re-election) to Boston Common and finally Washington, DC, the coverage was almost uniformly neutral to positive.  A good example is the coverage we received in Mr. Levin’s home town, as reported on one of the local news stations, http://www.koinlocal6.com/content/mediacenter/default.aspx?videoId=15912@koin.web.entriq.net&navCatId=156.

In all, Mr. Levin’s efforts didn’t quite go as planned.  The Tea Party movement is aware of and ready for crashers at future events.  The mainstream media, after ignoring the movement for more than a year, have now moved it off the editing room floor and on the TV screens of most American cities.  People have discovered that, instead of racist bumpkins, the Tea Party folks are their friends and neighbors with legitimate concerns.

And Mr. Levin – well, he finds himself at the wrong end of what eventually happens in this country when you’re mean-spirited and bigoted.

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Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

17 April 2010 at 6:10 am

Posted in Events

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