FreedomWorks Caught Inflating DC Tea Party Crowd Size

Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 | Posted by Chico Brisbane | Labels: , , ,

Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, the group that organized the event, said on stage at the rally Saturday that ABC News was reporting that 1 million to 1.5 million people were in attendance.

At no time did ABC News, or its affiliates, report a number anywhere near as large. reported an approximate figure of 60,000 to 70,000 protesters, attributed to the Washington, D.C., fire department. In its reports, ABC News Radio described the crowd as "tens of thousands."

As a result of Kibbe's erroneous attribution, several bloggers and commenters repeated the misinformation. In his blog, Kibbe apologized Sunday for the mistaken attribution of the crowd-size estimated to ABC News.

"With a dead IPhone, I had been shown tweets from a number of different folks behind the stage citing the ABC estimate. They didn't say it. I regret misrepresenting the network, as their coverage that day was fair and honest."

However, what isn't honest is Kibbe's claim that the misrepresentation was based on him reading tweets from total fucking strangers that ABC had estimated attendance totals at 1 to 1.5 million.

Look around asshole! - If you don't see a crowd like the crowd that gathered on the same God Damn spot to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office, then guess what shit for brains? - You're not even in the fucking neighborhood of 1 to 1.5 million and you should have known that by the size of that TupperWear Party or Tea Party or whatever the hell you call it. By many of the signs that folks where carrying, you'd think that it was a Klan Ralley.
How someone could mistake a crowd of 45,000 to 65,000 to be one in excess of 1,000,000 is incredible. It's the same tactic used to over populate Sarah Palin rallies. It's just embarrassing and you'd think that they would know better.
But you know what? - I think that they really beleived that a million people would show up. However, when not even 1/10th of that pipe dream of a crowd showed up, they got desperate. They took a shot and ended up shooting themselves in the foot. So what do they do at that point, they lie about how the misunderstanding happened and end up with that already shot and bloody foot in their fucking mouth. BRAVO!


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