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WASHINGTON - AUGUST 4:  Niger Innis, National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Co-Chairman of the Affordable Power Alliance, speaks during a press conference by the Tea Party Express at the National Press Club August 4, 2010 in Washington, DC.  The Tea Party Express held the press conference to speak about and refute accusations of racism by the movement.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) WASHINGTON - AUGUST 4: Niger Innis, National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Co-Chairman of the Affordable Power Alliance, speaks during a press conference by the Tea Party Express at the National Press Club August 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Tea Party Express held the press conference to speak about and refute accusations of racism by the movement. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)  

Innis blasts media’s ‘vile, unfair’ tea party stereotype

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

An activist with a tea party organization tore into the media in attendance at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday, blaming the media in part for the recent Obama administration scandals because they weren’t tougher on the president.

“I want all of you to ask the question to yourself, what did you do to help create this environment where the IRS, an agent of government, can operate with such impunity?” Niger Innis, the chief strategist of TheTeaParty.net, said during a press conference with lawmakers about the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

Innis said today’s political environment is different than during Watergate because “40 years ago the press actually had an adversarial relationship with the chief executive, Dick Nixon.”

Innis, who is also a spokesman for the Congress on Racial Equality and son of legendary civil rights leader Roy Innis, said things have changed since those days.

“Today, it is quite different,” he said. “Some might say that it’s casual, cordial.”

He criticized the revolving door of reporters leaving the media to work for the Obama administration, and vice versa.

“But, what is perhaps most disgusting is the degree to which many of you in the establishment media have taken your marching orders from the DNC and from other liberal operatives in reference to the tea party,” he said.

The black conservative also slammed the media for their portrayal of tea partiers as racist.

“After the tea party revolution of 2010, many of you consumed, and then projected some of the most vile, unfair things about the tea party,” he said. “That it’s racist, which I find particularly ironic. You had no grounds for perpetuating this mythology about the tea party.”

He added: “We don’t ask for special treatment; we only ask for decency and fairness. Thank you.”

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