Some on the left are dismayed at Fox News for its unabashed support of the "tea party" protest movement, wherein citizens protest the government's use of taxpayer money in its response to the economic crisis--primarily in the TARP bailout, and also the $787 economic stimulus package.
Frustration culminated this week with Glenn Beck, who promoted the tea parties on his show Monday, encouraging viewers to "celebrate with Fox News" and join the protests April 15. Some of Fox's more popular personalities--Greta Van Susteren, Neil Cavuto, Sean Hannity, and Beck himself--will broadcast live from tea parties in DC, Sacramento, San Antonio, and Atlanta on tax day.
"If you have a tea party anywhere that--we're not covering one of those, e-mail me at email@example.com. We may cover your tea party live on April 15," Beck said, according to a Media Matters transcript.
This is exactly what Pajamas Media did in Feburary: promote the tea parties, offer its own coverage as an incentive for citizens to attend, then actually cover the thing. Pajamas and Fox have certain similarities--both conservative news/commentary hybrid outlets with a nose for commercial appeal--and it's interesting to see them engaged in the same business, fundamentally, when it comes to the tea parties. It's a business model of conservative activism and outrage, one that highlights the naturally symbiotic relationship between media outlets and the events they cover.