05/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fox News Tea Bags America (Warning: No Tea-Bagging Jokes Included)

(Note: Given the context of the story, not referring to the double entendre comic effect of tea-bagging is perhaps the most difficult, yet most prodigious accomplishment of my supposed satirical career)

Ah, the fine art of American protest. Civil rights marches, antiwar protests, pro-life rallies.

But could there a more pristine example of Americans pleading their case than the Boston Tea Party, a 1773 protest by colonists in Boston against the British government? After Boston officials refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and threw the tea into Boston Harbor. That iconic event has become more than any other, the meridian for so many compelling protests since and the most amazing of all, was that they were able to put it together without talk radio or a cable news network pushing it.

But that's all changed. On April 15, tax day, the latest version of the tea party will stretch across the country as fed up citizens will take to the streets and nearby waterways protesting President's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and pretty much anything else that Obama has attempted to do - and some things he hasn't attempted - in his first two months in office.

What these protesters are doing isn't so much the story as much as who is promoting the event...Fox News. It isn't official but READ THE REST OF THE FAIR AND BALANCED NETWORK STORY HERE.

Award-winning TV writer Steve Young is author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" ( and blogs at the appropriately-named