HMM: Tea Party Protesters Gird for Possible Liberal Backlash. Well, you can bet that where press coverage of A.N.S.W.E.R. or ACORN marches paints all the participants as ordinary Americans who are just fed up, press coverage of the tea party protests will look for the most offensive and outlandish fringe characters and treat them as emblematic. One question is whether that matters, much. All politics is local, and the primary audience here is the marchers’ House and Senate delegation. Also, given the massive alt-media coverage, how much will the spin in national media really do?