Sunday, September 20, 2009

Size Matters

By now, chances are you've seen a supposed picture of last weekend's 9/12 Teabagger rally that shows, from an aerial view, a Capitol Mall choked with protesters. It's been widely circulated among right-wing blogs and news outlets. One problem: It's fake.

From the nonpartisan journalistic fact-checking organization Politifact:

"'It was an impressive crowd,' Piringer said. But after marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol the crowd 'only filled the Capitol grounds, maybe up to Third Street,' he said. Yet the photo showed the crowd sprawling far beyond that to the Washington Monument, which is bordered by 15th and and 17th Streets. There’s another big problem with the photograph: it doesn’t include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth St. and Independence Ave. that opened on Sept. 14, 2004… That means the picture was taken before the museum opened exactly five years ago. So clearly the photo doesn’t show the 'tea party' crowd from the Sept. 12 protest."

Sorry, Teabaggers -- the number according to the Washington, DC Fire Department still stands right around 70,000. A good amount of people, to be sure -- but not the two-million that Glenn Beck and his minions continue to assert.


Ben Fleming said...

If you look closely you can see some of those little people brandishing Kenyan birth certificates.

Lily said...

Any lie will do, if it serves their purpose. Until they're busted and they pretend it never happened.

Alex said...

So what is it a picture of exactly?

Bill White said...

You have to remember this was on the heels of 9-11 so many patriots like myself were there in spirit. So Glenn is probably included many of us who wished we could have been there. Look, it doesn't matter how many showed up on 9-12--the proof is in the pudding that millions of Americans are against Socialism. The town halls and tea bag protests all summer really added up. There are so many God-fearing patriots who will fight to the death for freedom in this great nation.
One more thing, we will be out in force in front of Michael Moore, that anti-American slob's disgusting movie.
When are you Commie libs going to come to your senses? The days of Hussein are numbered and you don't like it.

Tania said...

Oh, that's hilarious! Seriously, they used an old photo?
Scrote-suckers = morons.

Anonymous said...

I helped elect this man, but I am developing some serious reservations about the communications policy.

Bush knew that when you control the media, you control the people. He exploited this and was found to routinely go to outlets that he felt were sympathetic to his policies. This is natural to want to avoid the opposition, but you cannot avoid being asked tough questions.

It seems that the only thing that stands between us and a fully autocratic leadership is a scrutinizing media.

This Sunday, I watched three of the five interviews and Obama took a page out of the same Bush playbook that used to piss me off. The same scripted questions, the same answers and coverage by the same people.

This is bullshit.

Anonymous said...

well, bill, i'd rather be a commie lib than a god fearing hate-filled zombie like you (or those your satire - if that's what it is - represents).

Anonymous said...

bill (pseudo-christian asshole) said:

"One more thing, we will be out in force in front of Michael Moore, that anti-American slob's disgusting movie. "

why, bill? you might learn something. then again, maybe not - you're probably just a moralizing self-righteous gas bag.

Anonymous said...

You stick with the ONE fake pic that the Huffpo could come up with Chez. Just keep telling yourself it was only 70,000. Your need to diminish the numbers is laughable. How's that whole Health Care thingy going? Even after the media blitz still no change. Just keep chanting, "only 70,000, only 70,000." Change is a comin'. Nevermind all the other pics and the coverage on CNN, MSNBC, and CSpan, whatever gets you through the day. Can't wait for Cap and Trade to come around. LOL