A few weeks ago, the Dalai Lama said he would join a U.S. Green Party if there were one. This was at about the same time that much of the media was focused on the latest stop on the Tea Party bus tour.

The Greens, by now, have been around for a number of years. Several cities have Green Party Mayors; several states have Green Party candidates running governor and other state offices. They have a platform, with real positions on real issues, things like open government, social justice, environmental protection, and education.

There is a certain attraction to the “throw the bums out” rallying cry of the Tea Party people, but that’s pretty much where it ends. Ask any of them what their positions are on major issues and the response tends to come out in clichés and sound-bites, and not especially accurate ones at that.

And while the media tends to call the Tea Party movement a “groundswell” it’s really something less. Take the rally on the Boston Common. Various accounts put participants in “the thousands”. The fact is, there were only a few hundred, at most. While there were maybe a few thousand people on the common, most of them were onlookers, spending a pleasant afternoon watching the Sarah Palin freak show.

So why the difference in coverage?

For starters, the Tea Party “movement” is largely a creation of a few Fox New commentators. That gives them instant coverage. And secondly, the kinds of reform the Green Party would bring about generally doesn’t sit well with the corporate executives who own and run the major media outlets.