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CMTP President Sets the Record Straight
October 16, 2012
Dear CMTP Patriots,
As many of you know, three representatives of the Central Mississippi TEA Party (CMTP) were invited to participate in an interview in June 2012 with the Jackson Free Press (JFP). During that interview--unknown to me at the time--there was a video being recorded. It appears that the video is now (in October 2012) going ‘viral’ via the internet, and I feel that I must address the despicable acts of this liberal publication to smear our organization and efforts.
This is proof the liberal media in MS will stoop to new levels of low to ‘create’ news. The JFP contacted the CMTP and asked for the interview. No one with the Tea Party approached the JFP for an interview. The reporter said he would record the interview to be sure all statements quoted were correct. There was also a photographer present taking snapshots. I did not know the interview was being recorded by video, and the angle of the shot clearly shows that it was being hidden from us. I thought the interview was for print media only; no one discussed releasing a video of the interview.
I should never have trusted that the conservative viewpoint would get fair treatment from such a liberal publication. The video version of the interview that has gone ‘viral’ is a heavily edited portion that shows me making a statement in jest to questioning by the reporter about gender and whether women should be in politics. My response was ‘tongue in cheek’ and I gave a ridiculous answer, both in words and tone of voice, to what I found to be a ridiculous premise.
I attempted to challenge his ridiculous line of questioning about a women’s right to vote. It was my mistake to respond to his attempts to bait me, and to try jokingly to prove my point of how outrageous his questions really were. This only further proves that JFP has no commitment to journalistic standards, and they only serve to play “gotcha” politics for cheap publicity. After all, it is obvious that I believe women have a place in politics, or I wouldn’t be doing what I do every day.
I have always voted since I turned 21. My father drilled into my head that it was a DUTY not just a ‘right’. Our ballot box is the first line of defense of our Freedom and Liberty. It is the responsibility of ALL citizens to do their DUTY to our country – no matter their political leanings. Every adult, no matter the gender, should bear this responsibility for our country. It is in my personality to bring up the DUTY of voting in conversation, and I have always encouraged Americans of voting age to be sure to register and exercise their DUTY to defend this country at the ballot box.
I remain committed to the TEA Party’s cause of Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, and Free Markets. I remain committed to lead our Tea Party to be active in local issues, statewide issues and national issues.
Please know I regret the negative spin JFP has put on this interview. I think it is unfortunate that an opportunity for understanding is manipulated by the writers and editor of JFP in order to further advance their liberal agenda in Mississippi. This could have been a positive event for the CMTP and JFP. Instead, they chose to spin it into a negative, divisive encounter.
You can help us to fight against this liberal bias and the childish political games of the JFP. Any amount you can give--even as little as $5--will help us continue the fight against the forces of dishonesty in politics, and to promote Freedom and Liberty. Please go this link now to help: https://centralmsteaparty.thedonortree.com/donate.
I am committed to staying true to the cause to see positive improvement in our great state in job creation, education, protection of our citizens and Constitutional based government. With your continued support, prayers and hard work we will prevail.
Regards & Blessings,
Janis D. Lane
Next General Meeting
Tuesday night, February 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Flowood Municipal Complex, 2101 Airport Road, Flowood, MS, across from the post office.
Tuesday night, March 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Flowood Municipal Complex, 2101 Airport Road, Flowood, MS, across from the post office.
Tuesday night, March 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Flowood Municipal Complex, 2101 Airport Road, Flowood, MS, across from the post office.
Tuesday night, April 9th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Flowood Municipal Complex, 2101 Airport Road, Flowood, MS, across from the post office.
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