You're half right.
It's not because Tea Party groups are fringe elements. It's because the average American is only outraged when they are told to be by the mainstream media blah blah blah blah
You may have had some good points. To get people to listen to you, though, you have to pull back from the rhetoric and dog-whistle words and phrases. My brain shuts off as soon as I hear a phrase like 'mainstream media' used unironically. It may have had some meaning, in the past, but now all it means is, in general, "everyone but Fox News." In some cases it may mean things like "Everyone but Drudge" or "Everyone but Beck" or maybe even occasionally "Everyone but Al-Jazeera" or "Everyone but MSNBC."
Look, there are armies of douche-Borgs walking around with bluetooth earpieces in, thinking not that they fall enough below some painful threshold of dorkiness while wearing them, but rather that they look cool doing so. These are the spinning hubcaps of phone accessories.
Might be a regional thing, but I haven't seen anyone wear a bluetooth earpiece in a couple of years. I figured the dorkiness finally overpowered utility.