Dems: Santelli CNBC Rant Was ‘Staged’

Some Democrats are accusing CNBC of “staging” Rick Santelli’s rant. An article on a blog at Playboy started it all, and Democrats are latching on.

If the irony in this accusation got any richer, Mayor Bloomberg would ban it for being too fatty:

But was Santelli’s rant really so spontaneous? How did a minor-league TV figure, whose contract with CNBC is due this summer, get so quickly launched into a nationwide rightwing blog sensation? Why were there so many sites and organizations online and live within minutes or hours after his rant, leading to a nationwide protest just a week after his rant?

What hasn’t been reported until now is evidence linking Santelli’s “tea party” rant with some very familiar names in the Republican rightwing machine, from PR operatives who specialize in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns (called “astroturfing”) to bigwig politicians and notorious billionaire funders.

Daily Kos smells a rat:

If this article is correct, then CNBC has staged the news, not just a single incident, but a whole string of discussions and programs that have been at the center of CNBC’s programming since Santelli’s staged rant. And from the evidence — including the fact that the website used to organize the so-called tea party was created well in advance by the same right wing sources who orchestrated the Obama-Ayers story — it appears that at least some of those involved were in on the scam.

Wow, a television network being used to forward conservative agendas would be big news! Because, as we all know, television networks are only supposed to be used to forward liberal agendas.

True, if it did happen the way Dems are saying, it doesn’t make it right just because Democrats also do it — but it certainly does make it fair, and what liberal can argue with fairness?

The big media, from blowing up cars, to photoshopping “news” pictures, to peddling off doctored National Guard documents, to using “dead fish” in a report when in fact they had only been stunned for “test purposes,” to pushing “global warming” as fact, to their legendary liberal slant, is continually helping liberals get the outcomes they desire (and those are just the times they’re caught).

So watch out, CNBC, because if there’s one shred of truth to this, you’re going to be sued for copyright infringement for stealing the modus operandi of Democrats. CNBC could be guilty of flat-out lib-media plagiarism. And if it’s true, what CNBC is accused of doing isn’t even malicious — just, uh, “motivational.”

Sheesh… Republicans have one semi-organized protest in God knows how long, and it’s a “conspiracy.” That said, it didn’t take the “tea parties” very long to “hit the mark” — which is good news.

And if some GOP heavy hitters did stage this all in advance, would the “tea party” protests really have been as rag-tag, haphazard and makeshift as they were? Considering who our presidential nominee was, strike that last question.

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