Apparently the Longshoreman’s Association is currently shutting down the ports in Elizabeth and Newark in a protest over loss of jobs. This is a huge deal that is getting little coverage, perhaps because it doesn’t have the antics, hate or handguns of a Tea Party rally.
But what stood out most to me was this line:
On Labor Day, dock workers at the Port of Philadelphia tossed pineapples into the Delaware River to protest Del Monte’s decision to move its produce operations to a less costly port.
There you have true tea party activism. Just like the Boston colonists tossed tea in the bay to protest tea taxes, these union members tossed produce to protest the loss of jobs transporting and storing produce.
But did it get any coverage? I read about 10 papers a day and I don’t remember seeing anything about it. A Google News search pulls up quite a few articles from the nether reaches of the paper, but outside of the Philly Inquirer there was little front page coverage.
Yet tea parties get tons of coverage, despite (or perhaps because of) their primary funding coming from the Koch Billionaire’s Club, corporate sources and free advertising from Fox News. It reminds me of winter 2003 when millions of people throughout the country rallied against invading Iraq, yet got little coverage. Then a couple hundred thousand people in support of the war counter protested in DC and it led the television newscasts.
Liberal media, my ass.