Tea Party Express is not a grassroots group; it's a registered political PAC that funds right-wing candidates. And CNN is helping them. When Did CNN Become a Shill for GOP Extremism and the Tea Party? | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet The article goes on to state that CNN may be acting out of a sense of quiet desperation due to Fox News' ratings. Frankly, I'm having trouble understanding where the line is. Obviously, I'm the opposite of a tea party supporter - but why is CNN wrong for carrying the debate? What am I missing here?