Tea Party Thursday

First off, I should be resuming a normal schedule of posting soon. I’ve had a few personal emergencies come up the past few days that have left me out of the loop.

That said, it wasn’t enough of a crisis to prevent me from filing my taxes, which Tea Party protesters across the country are marking with assorted rallies and outcries. A year ago, this movement was just getting started, and many in the media were dismissing it, if they were paying attention at all.

A few developments on that front today: Sean Hannity has been recalled back to New York after Fox executives got wind of plans to headline a Tax Day tea party event in Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a public appearance last week, Rupert Murdoch said it would not be appropriate for his network to be supporting the Tea Party movement.

Discovery Networks is being targeted by environmental group Defenders of Wildlife, which is placing ads on bus shelters in the Silver Spring area where the company is based objecting to its plans for “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the Times reports. The posters read, “Discovery just redefined obscenity on TV: Sarah Palin as an Alaska wildlife show host.” A photo features a bloodied wolf dangling from a small plane, a reference to Palin’s support of aerial wolf hunting. You may recall that Ashley Judd slammed Palin in an ad, and the then-Alaska governor shot back by attacking “goofy” celebrity “starlets who don’t even know about Alaska.”

Update: Lou Dobbs was the big speaker at a Tea Party event in Manhattan.

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