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It appears the astroturfed "One Nation" rally – which was apparently organized by unions and socialist organizations – didn’t quite add up to the attendance hype despite claims to the contrary.
You did know that’s what this is all about didn’t you?
It was all about who could claim bragging rights as to who turned out the most. If you don’t believe it, go read the links at memeorandum. In fact, Nicole Belle at the aptly named “Crooks and Liars” lives up to the blog’s name.
Dr. Blue has a cool animated gif that seems to settle the question of comparative crowd sizes. But just as interesting is the seeming attempts by some media outlets to make the crowd at least equal to the Beck rally.
AP had the story which included this paragraph:
Organizers claimed they had as many participants as Beck’s rally. But Saturday’s crowds were less dense and didn’t reach as far to the edges as they did during Beck’s rally. The National Park Service stopped providing official crowd estimates in the 1990s.
However, when MSNBC ran the AP’s story on it’s site, well, as Confederate Yankee points out, that paragraph didn’t make the cut. Of course Ed Schultz, the lefty loudmouth who boasted he could turn out as many as Glen Beck, works at MSNBC.
And then there’s CSPAN’s choice of a crowd shot. They either missed the fact that the picture they used to illustrate the “One Nation” rally had Gadsden flags all through it (i.e. the picture is that of the Beck rally), or they simply ignored them (or, I guess, thought no one would notice).
I offer all this up as a perfect case study in media complicity (some media) in carrying a narrative. The narrative? There is no enthusiasm gap, the left can turn out as many as the right.
Damn inconvenient that the crowd shots and other media reports don’t support the narrative, isn’t it?