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Bucks County, Pennsylvania – Today, FreedomWorks joined a broad coalition of Tea Party groups to fight back against a left-wing propaganda hit piece aired by MSNBC on June 16th. The program “Rise of the New Right” was low-ball journalism at its worst. Chris Matthews and his Hardball program slandered the Tea Party movement and misinformed the American people by distorting facts about the movement, its motivations and its history. Matthews’ editors selectively portrayed groups and individuals in a demonizing light in an attempt to undermine the movement’s greater message of lower taxes, less government, and more individual freedom.
Tea Party leaders from coast to coast are fighting back against the smears by boycotting one of the network’s sponsors, Dawn dish soap, until they cut off funding to MSNBC. FreedomWorks believes it is important to join this effort, and show unity with other Tea Party groups in the face of these attacks by writing, calling and faxing the offices of Dawn (and parent company, Procter and Gamble) to ask them to stop subsidizing these vicious attacks by MSNBC and Chris Matthews.
The coalition of leading Tea Party groups participating in the boycott includes: FreedomWorks, the Kitchen Table Patriots, the National Tea Party Federation, Tea Party Nation, Liberty Central, the American Grassroots Coalition, and Luke Livingston, executive producer of "Tea Party: The Documentary Film".
Kitchen Table Patriots leader Ana Puig, who appeared in the piece, commented, "These attacks are wrong, misleading and disingenuous. The propaganda piece only serves a left-wing agenda, and I will do everything I can to convince Dawn to stop funding MSNBC’s lies. I'm asking Tea Party groups around the country to help us in this effort. Individual Tea Party members will be boycotting Dawn products until the company takes appropriate action regarding the decision to advertise during the Hardball hit piece, and ceases funding MSNBC.”
FreedomWorks Grassroots Director Brendan Steinhauser added, "The Tea Party movement I know looks nothing like the one portrayed on MSNBC‘s Hardball. The movement is made up of good, hardworking, honest, smart people that love their country. Armey and Kibbe will tell the true story of the people and the values of the Tea Party movement in their new book, Give Us Liberty: a Tea Party Manifesto, which will be released by Harper Collins on August 17th. It is truly a movement that reflects the best in America, and I will remind Dawn of this fact when I write my letter and make my phone calls.”
Luke Livingston, Executive Producer of “Tea Party: The Documentary Film” responded, “If Chris Matthews really wants to know what moves conservatives to action, all he needs to do is watch Tea Party: The Documentary Film. Our documentary goes beyond the hype and into the heart of this mainstream movement.”
Anastasia Przybylski, who also appeared in the propaganda piece, added, "Chris Mathews tried to connect the Tea Party movement with extremists from the past, and with the crazy 9-11 truthers of today. He failed. The show was disjointed and a ridiculous attempt to make the tea party movement look extremist. If MSNBC‘s ratings could go down any further, they would after this show."
The Tea Party coalition is asking local groups to call, fax or email Dawn and its parent company, Proctor and Gamble. The coalition promises to keep the pressure on until Dawn cancels its funding for Hardball and MSNBC.
Make phone calls to:
Dawn customer service, (800) 725-3296
Send emails to:
Send letters to:
The Procter & Gamble Company
P.O. Box 599
Cincinnati, OH 45201-0599
For more information about this effort, please contact Brendan Steinhauser at (202)-942-7612.