12/17/10, "Tea Party Express and CNN to host 2011 Republican Presidential debate in Florida," Politics Daily, Tom Diemer
"The Tea Party Express, one of several grassroots conservative groups with similar names that sprung up in the last two years, is teaming with CNN to stage a Republican presidential debate
- next September in Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
- "a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate." It is set for Labor Day week in 2011, but an exact date or venue was not disclosed Friday.
But In Florida, the Orlando Sentinel called the tea party and CNN "strange bedfellows." CNN, the first all-news network, strives for objective news coverage, falling between Fox News, which has trumpeted tea party successes, and MSNBC, which has a liberal bent....
- A number of groups use "tea party" in their title, but the Tea Party Express is believed to be the largest, and probably the most prominent....
A left wing website (12/19) is outraged, recalls they got ABC to ditch Andrew Breitbart from election coverage, says let's do it again to get CNN to cancel the program with Tea Party Express:
- "Earlier this year ABC News tried to hire smear artist Andrew Breitbart as an election analyst. The public outcry against it (and Breitbart’s own prickly personality) resulted in Breitbart getting thrown to the curb.
- That should serve as an example that we can have a positive influence on these sort of decisions.
- (They'd take the old reliable GOP any day over a Tea Party person. ed.)