Last Friday I recommended that the editors of Time Magazine name the Tea Party its Person of the Year. Not to be vainglorious or anything like that, but I believe that I was the first to make the suggestion. Link here.
Yesterday, Rep. Michelle Bachmann joined the growing chorus of those of us who believe that, for better or for worse, the person or persons who had the most influence on the news in 2010 was the Tea Party. Link here.
What struck me last week was that the Tea Party was not even listed among the candidates that Time was asking people to vote for.
At the time I wrote, Julian Assange was leading the pack. By last Saturday morning Lady Gaga had overtaken Assange. As I write today, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left everyone else in the dust.
Whoever wins the coveted cover spot, a publication whose business is reporting the news completely ignored what is arguably the most important political phenomenon of 2010.
Those who are bemoaning the declining influence of the mainstream media should take note of this fact. If the mainstream media were doing its job, it would not currently be on a march to oblivion.