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09/22/2010 05:44 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Why the Tea Party Candidates Are So Afraid of the Media

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They're outsiders, they're angry and they're winning key GOP primary elections. They're the Tea Party All-Stars like Sharron Angle, Rand Paul and Christine O'Donnell. But what they also are is terrified; scared to death of going before the national mainstream media's cameras, and hence scrutiny, as they attempt to convince voters that they have the qualifications to serve the United States Senate.

And the reason for this monumental fear of the press? It's because they're all woefully lacking knowledge of policy and the issues; cannot articulate their positions; and most of all, are radical fringe wingnuts who get into an embarrassing heap o' trouble every time they open their mouths (can you say "mice have fully functioning human brains?")

O'Donnell, the Sarah Palin protege (or should we say clone) went on Sean Hannity's Fox News program Tuesday night to defend her decision--urged by Palin--to shun the national news media's talk shows. Apparently, this self-imposed gag-order excludes friendly outlets like the "fair and balanced" Fox, where her segment with Hannity seemed more like a paid campaign commercial than a serious, legitimate interview by a respectable, objective journalist. Let's just keep it all in the family I suppose, right?

So this is what it comes down to, huh? This cabal of "grass-roots" everymen and women who shake in their bootstraps as they cower from the press and voters. Who only show their faces and espouse their substance-lacking incendiary rhetoric at small town churches and halls to adoring extremists who lob softballs and give these empty-suited frauds an opportunity to bash the opposition to rousing applause.

O'Donnell canceled all her Sunday morning interviews last weekend. So did Paul after his victory last Spring. And Angle makes like Jesse Owens and high-tails it to the exit door whenever she sees a press badge headed her way.

Just what are these Tea Baggers so afraid of, anyway? I thought they have all the answers as to fixing America's problems? You'd think they'd just jump at the chance then to share all this wisdom and insight over CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS too, right? And, aren't politicians supposed to be thick-skinned, able to be in the hot seat and explain their positions without losing their composure or cool as they discuss decisions that impact the health, welfare and national security of America? These are the same people who want us to believe they have the character, depth and gravitas to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Ahmadinejad, Qaddafi, Kim Jong Ill and Putin when they're utterly terrified of facing David Gregory, Bob Schieffer and Wolf Blitzer?

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