2 Million At 9/12 Tea Party In DC? Really? NOT!

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 | Posted by Chico Brisbane | Labels: , , , ,

There seems to be a “Palinistic” belief on the right that by simply saying things repetitively will eventually make them true. One topic where this phenomenon has gone into overdrive is the conservative perception of the September 12, 2009 Tea Party Protest on The National Mall in Washington D.C. – While even I agree that it is disingenuous to assert that there where only 60,000 to 70,000 protesters in attendance, most media outlets, including fox news reported that there were tens of thousands of protesters.

While that is a true statement, once it was obvious that the crowd had exceeded 100,000 it should have been reported that way. From my own investigation and review of video footage of the event, I estimate that the attendance well exceeded 100,000 and was most likely in the neighborhood of 150,000 to 175,000 in and around the mall on 9/12.

However, to assert or even imply that the crowd was not only in excess of 2 million, but the largest gathering in history at the historic venue, including Barack Obama’s Inauguration is embarrassing. However, the ultra right-wing Blog, TwlightsLastGleaming.com – took embarrassing and turned it into a fantasy that not only has no basis in fact, but also does not even reside within the realm of possibility.

In a Blog post about the event, Read more Twilight stated, “Two million conservatives converged on the nation’s capital and stood shoulder to shoulder from the steps of the capital past the Washington Monument, for as far as the eye could see.”

However, just about every video clip and still photograph shows that the crowd was not shoulder-to-shoulder, not from the capitol steps to beyond the Washington Monument. In fact, for the better part of the center portion of the mall, the crowd could be described as sparse at best. (As shown in the picture above)

That being said, what else could be expected from a Blog that posted a warning on the eve of President Obama’s address to school children or (Schoo Chidren’s) as Twilights attempts to claim was a misspelling in a White House press release where no such thing occurred. The opening line in that post was something along the lines of

Tomorrow, Tuesday September 8, 2009, Obama is going to attempt to indoctrinate your children. He plans on simulcasting to every school in America. Since it was first announced last month, an uproar has been building. "Lesson plans" were sent to schools to facilitate the indoctrination of their impressionable minds. Included in the plans were to have the children write an essay on what they could do to help Obama. Due to the revolt, Obama has scaled down his plans and is promising a text of the speech today. As of this writing, that promise, like most of Obama's other promises, has gone unfulfilled.
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The only statement on Twilights Blog that I agree with is that desperate people do desperate things. This Bolg, if nothing else, is desperate.




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