Quod Erat Demonstrandum
- Jul 8, 2009
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NY Times, Washington Post Hide Phony ‘Coffee Party’ Astroturf Roots — at the NY Times! - Big Journalism
What product works best for hiding artificial roots? Printers ink, of course!
For more information, check recent copies of The Washington Post and The New York Times, both of which portrayed 41-year-old Annabel Park as a concerned citizen from Virginia who became the accidental founder of a new grass-roots liberal political group, Coffee Party USA.
In the articles, Parkwho is identified as a documentary filmmakerpreaches respectful and civil engagement, even with the more successful source of her knockoff inspiration, the populist Tea Party. And in an online chat presented by the Post, she issues the following declaration:
We are purely grassroots movement, independent of any party, corporation, or lobbying organization.
Yet there was nothing accidental about Parks anti-Tea Party activism; the Coffee Partys roots are about as grassy as the signature surface of the old Houston Astrodome; and Parks facade of cooperation is undermined by her tea bagger epithets on Twitter.
Meanwhile, her claim that the Coffee Party is purely grassroots and independent of any party is laughably rebutted by the fact that the registrant for the website was listed as Real Virginians For Webb, 14461 Sedona Drive, Gainesville, Virginia 20155 until the information suddenly went private behind a proxy. Thats Webb as in Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, one of at least two elected Democrats for whom Park has actively campaigned (as evidenced by this campaign video, Real Virginians for Webb:
The other Democrat? Barack Obama. So intense was her support for the would-be president that Park co-directed a video for the YouTube channel, UnitedForObama, in which she encourages her mother to give a pro-Obama testimonial in their native Korean. The slick four-minute production, titled Annabels Mom Takes on Sarah Palin, In Korean!!!, features jaunty piano music and English translations of her mothers homage to Obama, including this comment, which has the vague ring of a Dear Leader haiku:
I listened to Obamas speeches/and, though my English isnt perfect/I started to change my mind about him./I came to understand/what he wanted to accomplish/and what we really need is Obama.
The video also makes good on its titles promise:
Sarah Palin /that woman worries me./Its not just that shes inexperienced,/and a little fanatical./Thinking of her as VP worries me;/to think of her in charge of the US./This is a time for America to change.
Coffee Party USA was founded by a member of Democratic Senator Jim Webb's campaign? Hmm...
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIQ5Nq1ApRQ]YouTube - Real Virginians For Webb[/ame]
She seems non-partisan, no?