World Net Daily is sponsoring a "Taking America Back National Conference" in Miami next month, and the
Florida Tea Party Fake Tea Party had originally been listed as a sponsor of the event. However, after WND's investigation led them to conclude that the group "was misrepresenting itself" FTP's sponsorship was rejected:
"We are returning the money this group paid for sponsoring the conference and rejecting its participation," said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND. "This event and the tea-party movement are not about making money. They are about changing the direction of our country. It's clear to me that the Florida Tea Party...has an agenda all its own."
Two thumbs up to World Net Daily for seeing the light about the Florida Tea Party.
As expected, Doug Guetzloe and Peg Dunmire are screaming bloody murder about this, but too darn bad. WND is a private organization and it has the right to refuse FTP's money and reject their sponsorship for any reason they chose. It does not matter that the many lawsuits facing Guetzloe and FTP are not yet concluded; WND has the right to reject what their leadership views as a controversial group in order to avoid distractions from the purposes and goals of the event.
I find it highly entertaining when Guetzloe & Gang cry that their First Amendment rights are being trampled when someone doesn't want to hear from them or doesn't want to invite them to something. News flash: the First Amendment means you have a right to speak, it doesn't mean we have to listen...and it definitely doesn't mean we have to use our speech (or our time, energy, money, or resources) to promote your speech.