Local television, radio, and print media reported fairly on the two main Tea Parties in Ventura County Thursday. Last year, the mainstream media largely ignored the movement, but things were different this time around.
Leading up to the event, the Ventura County Star notably gave a lot of attention to the Tea Parties and their organizers, and it wasn't the selective coverage that Tea Partiers have complained to me about in the past. During other rallies, the one nut that brings a questionable sign got a disproportionate amount of coverage. This time, I didn't see that. Some of that may also have to do with Tea Party organizers policing themselves and purging their gatherings of offensive signs.
The one correction that needs to be made is this headline, "Hundreds gather for Tea Party protest in Thousand Oaks and Ventura."
In the Star's article, they counted 1,900 people at the two events. Yes, that's 19 hundreds, but maybe it's not as accurate as it could be. However, I don't think it's from an deliberate attempt to minimize the protests, it's that the article was originally written when the daytime Thousand Oaks rally ended, which had about 400 people. The headline was accurate then. This evening, when the Ventura Tea Party took place, the original article was merely updated to include information about that, but the headline was never updated. An innocent oversight. [UPDATE: The headline now reads "Hundreds gather for Tea Party protest in Thousand Oaks." My colleague Brian Dennert has me second-guessing myself if it ever said Ventura in the first place. If it didn't, I apologize to the Star; if it did, a hat-tip for the Star for being responsive. Either way, good work.]
I didn't hear about any incidents. Someone did drive by me and shout "F*** you", but that happens to me all the time. The peacefulness of the protesters, and the abundance of security precautions taken by the organizers contributed to this happy result.