MSNBC's Chris Jansing: 'Was The Demise Of The Tea Party Overstated?'

It seems that with the Virginia Republican primary victory of Tea Party candidate Dave Brat over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has proven to the liberal media that despite their exaggerated reporting, the Tea Party isn’t actually dead. When Chris Jansing asked if “the demise of the Tea Party was overstated,” McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed replied: "I think so."

Two weeks ago after the last round of GOP primaries, the liberal media hyped the results as the death knell of the Tea Party. While the political director of NPR, Ron Elving, called the conservative movement “impotent,” NBC’s Chuck Todd described how Democrats were “watching this Tea Party fade with disappointment.” [See below for video. Click here for MP3 audio]

MSNBC contributor and Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capeheart replied to Jansing, quoting John Boehner that “the Republican Party is the Tea Party,” and unlike the rest of MSNBC, “I never thought the Tea Party was in demise.” Good of the liberal media to finally notice.

See transcript below

MSNBC    
Jansing & Co.
June 11, 2014
10:10 a.m. Eastern
28 seconds

CHRIS JANSING: Alright, I just– yes or no answer to the question before we go. Was the demise of the Tea Party overstated?

MCKAY COPPINS: Um, I think so.

JONATHAN CAPEHEART:  Oh, I never thought that the Tea Party was in demise. The Tea Party, as Speaker Boehner said, the Republican Party is the Tea Party, and that’s because the Republican Party latched itself on to this movement filled with anger and now they are seeing what happens when you latch onto the movement filled with anger.

Laura Flint
Laura Flint is a 2014 summer intern for the MRC's News Analysis Division.