The “modern” tea party movement is about two and a half years old now. Many who recently became tea party activists are unfamiliar with how it all got started. A big segment of America only views the mainstream media’s version of how it all went down.
This is a topic close to us here at LibertyNews.com. On a more personal level, as a blogger this topic hits home because I was there on day one of the modern movement and I’ve watched the movement unfold every day since.
Before we get to the “Tea Party Conspirators,” let’s go back a bit and look at what really happened. The following is a rough timeline of the 2009 events as they unfolded.
February 19th, 2009: Rick Santelli, an MSNBC editor at the time, called for a “Chicago Tea Party” in a rant aired live on national TV. That evening a group called the “DontGo Movement” sent out an email to several thousand subscribers suggesting such an event actually occur. Other activists began doing the same.
February 20th, 2009: DontGo Movement, Smart Girl Politics, TCOT (top conservatives on twitter) and a handful of regular folks began to host conference calls to discuss a coalition of planners.
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Meet Mark Ames, the ‘eXile’ Who Created the (False) Koch Brothers Conspiracy Theory
He has written about having sex with an underage girl, and claims he once threatened to kill a pregnant girlfriend unless she had an abortion. He claims to hate marijuana, but recommends heroin as the cure for suburban boredom. He mocks “Tea Baggers” and scorns “hippies.” His Russian newspaper was shuttered after a government crackdown, and he’s a regular on The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC.
Meet Mark Ames, the provocateur who created the Koch brothers conspiracy theory.
Long before John Podesta’s Center for American Progress began targeting the Koch brothers for their supposed role in the Tea Party, and two years before the Kochs were cast as the villains of public sector union protests in Wisconsin, Ames had already shaped the Koch brothers meme.
Ames and co-author Yasha Levine launched the conspiracy theory–and its twin themes of drug abuse and gay sex–with a blog post (now removed) at Playboy.com in February 2009, entitled: “Backstabber: Is Rick Santelli High on Koch?” They published almost exactly the same article at their own site, exiledonline.com, as “Exposing the Rightwing PR Machine: Is CNBC’s Rick Santelli Sucking Koch?”
Ames and Levine alleged that Santelli’s famous “rant heard around the world” that inspired the Tea Party movement “was not at all spontaneous as his alleged fans claim, but rather it was a carefully-planned trigger” for an “anti-Obama campaign.” That campaign, they claimed, had been planned for months before the 2008 election, and funded by “the Koch family, the multibilllionaire owners of the largest private corporation in America, and funders of scores of rightwing thinktanks and advocacy groups.”
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