Hypin' Up Those Tea Parties
Someone alert Kevin Whited at bloghouston! We're about to mention KTRH again!! (It always seems to annoy him greatly, pointing out how the city's once-proud and still-largest radio news station has become a mouthpiece for the GOP.)
Anyway, the station's lead story today is, of course, the "tea parties." According to Fox and talk radio, this is the single most important event of the century.
We leave it to others to make tea-bagging jokes. But we point out that the KTRH reporter stated that these protests (against what?) have the potential "to be the largest single mass gathering in the country's history."
This isn't a mass gathering. It's a collection of gatherings. (And remember, Glenn Beck has predicted "10,000 to 15,000" showing up at the Alamo; we'll see.)
If this is a mass gathering, then "people going to church on a Sunday" is a mass (get it, Catholics?) gathering among the largest in American history (each week.)
People going to college-football games on a Saturday would be "one of the largest mass gatherings in American history" each fall weekend.
By the way, the organizers of the Houston tea party, at Jones Plaza at 4 pm, say they're expecting such huge crowds (at the pretty small Jones Plaza) that the overflow area will be at the downtown Post Office a few blocks away.
Which might be interesting, because another group has announced they'll be at that Post Office at 4 pm to protest what's going on.
Specifically, gay-rights supporters. "We encourage signs, tshirts, and other creative methods of demonstration. We will be printing out literature to distribute to the public," says the announcement from organizers.
Gay groups meeting tea-baggers: Must...not....make....joke......
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.