- The Washington Times - Friday, August 27, 2010

On Sept. 12, 2009, my friend and I went to the U.S. Capitol to attend the Tea Party rally so we could find out firsthand about the phenomenon.

Even last year, the Tea Party was being depicted by the Obama administration and “progressive” liberals - with the complicit aid of the mainstream media - as a small group of angry, right-wing, racist extremists prone to violence. We found that nothing could be further from the truth.

As we went through the crowd, we quickly realized that the people we were meeting were our friends and neighbors from around the country. That supposedly small, angry group was a vast sea of very friendly Americans concerned about our country.

I soon came to another, more disturbing realization: that Americans are being lied to about their fellow Americans by the administration, so-called progressives and media outlets like ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC. Only Fox News has given an accurate portrayal of the Tea Party.

Now that millions of Americans are aware of the misinformation campaign aimed at them, the rhetoric has changed tone - but the misinformation campaign goes on.

I encourage my fellow Americans to attend the Sept. 12 rally to find out for themselves just what is happening to our country. It is not as the media portrays it, I assure you. Find out for yourself.

MIKE NIEMAN

Annapolis