Matthews-MSNBC Promo Implies Tea Party Seeks Violent Overthrow Of Government

There's no other way to put it: in an MSNBC promo for an upcoming Chris Matthews special on "The Rise of The New Right," Matthews juxtaposes words and images to imply that the Tea Party seeks the violent overthrow of the government.

As images roll of camo-clad men shooting automatic weapons, Matthews proclaims in the voice-over: "the Tea Party is determined to take power." [screencap after the jump]

This is nothing short of a smear. Matthews/MSNBC need to pull the promo--or face a Tea Party libel claim.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.