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Tea Party, Rewriting History

Posted by Jeff Id on September 15, 2009

The media hardly covered this event. There are only 175 news articles found on google regarding this massive event in American history. Conservatives never protest, they barely know how. The leftist media is making an obvious attempt to cover it up so I’ll post some of it here. My thanks to these people for spending their weekend trying to save our children from socialized society. When is the last time over a hundred thousand people marched on Washington and it didn’t get noticed?

Here from the Washington post linked by the Chicago Tribune

Estimates peg it somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 people, which makes it an admirable bit of organizing, but not a contender for the protest hall of fame..

Here’s the pic the post used to memorialize the event.


Note the angle and dress of the particular individual selected for this open minded and even handed report.



It looks a little different from those angles doesn’t it?

Here’s how CNN chose to report the situation:

Tea party activists rally at U.S. Capitol

An official crowd estimate was not available, but reporters at the scene described the massive crowd as reaching the tens of thousands.

Here’s a link from CNN where they make the protesters look as extremist as possible yet can’t seem to find any relevant shots except closeups.

Here’s another link from ABC which had a similar problem with their wide view lens but apparenlty was willing to publish the 75,000 person estimate from the Washington government being criticized.

Here’s one which claims that a stat of over one million came right from the police.

Now a controversy has arisen over the real number of protesters in the nation’s capital, and whether the media is trying to push the protest under the rug. Mike Maynard is a TEA party protestor who was at the event.

“I can honestly say that it was over a million,” says Maynard. “I’ve never been in a crowd that large in my life, I’ve never seen a crowd that large in my life, and have never been as packed in a group of people like that in all my life.”

Maynard tells OneNewsNow that while at the event he heard the official number from the DC police was between 1.2 and 2 million. OneNewsNow contacted Homeland Security to get an official number, but was referred to the DC police, who have not returned any calls.

Here’s one from MSNBC which was quite difficult to find and also had a problem with its wide view lens. However they were able to report on some of the smaller 10,000 plus people protests in other cities.

It’s amazing that the government run media can’t even see the huge crowds. Why no reports for the biggest march on Washington in recent time? The silence is deafening, the minimizing of the event by the biased media is flatly obvious.

Daniel Gross, senior newsweek editor had this to say about what Obama should do.

To get bogged down with a — you know, what seems to be a fringe group of people throwing consumer products into the lakes and rivers of this nation doesn’t seem to be worthy of his attention. And in fact, you know, there is a possibility that this is a brilliant, kind of viral PR move by Lipton.”

Well it looks like the news media has left it up to blogs to report yet again. Check out this video on YouTube which tells more than any of the damn media outlets would report.

And this one which is an even better example of an isolated section of the protest as seen from a traffic camera.

My guess is the crowd contained 150,000 pissed off conservatives who donated their weekend to protest. They did fine and have my thanks. Ignore it at your peril Obama.

10 Responses to “Tea Party, Rewriting History”

  1. Arn Riewe said

    Imagine the media coverage if it had been for Gay & Lesbian rights, or anti-war, or Hispanic rights or a half dozen other liberal causes. Would the MSM coverage been any different? You bet your ass it would have!

    Love the Newsweek editor. Talk about an elitist attitude!

  2. peter vd berg said

    In europe numbers of up to 2 million are cited.

  3. Mark T said

    Or the “million man march,” which was exaggerated everywhere (though impressively large nonetheless). Maybe somebody ought to compare pictures to see how “unbiased” the liberal MSM really is.


  4. counters said

    Just a drive-by posting as I read the interesting stuff on my newsfeed for the day.

    Salon has a short comparison of this protest to others. For what it was – a ‘buckshot’ protest with many individual messages but, as far as I can tell, no over-arching total one – it was a pretty impressive gathering. Definitely not something for pundits to take lightly.

    But a million people? Even 150,000?

    C’mon, 70,000 people is a respectable number. Much of the ridicule of the event has stemmed not from any protest message, but of the ridiculous need for certain pundits to dramatically inflate the number of attendees. Take your 70,000 people and call it a job well done.

  5. Jeff Id said

    They estimate this crowd as 500-800K

    I don’t think 150 is unreasonable but it’s hard to tell.

  6. timetochooseagain said

    4-No one seemed to object when the media inflated the inauguration numbers…

  7. j ferguson said

    When the top man of a very large religious organization came to Chicago some years ago, the crowd was estimated by a sympathetic City Government at a very high number. Then someone counted the heads in an aerial photo and got a number less than half the official number. Then someone else made a photo with the number of heads the City reported. the two pictures were very different.

    My take is whatever the real number, these guys got off their duffs and came to DC and even if they carried some disagreeable messages THEY should be thought about and accepted as part of America.

  8. Dean said

    I used to participate in a lot of big protests and I noticed that they only got covered if somebody would throw a brick through a window, preferably a Starbucks, a McDonalds, or a bank.

    So – plenty of big leftist rallies never got covered. You wouldn’t know if you weren’t there, would you?

  9. Jeff Id said

    Jimmy Carter just said this:

    “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African American,” Carter told NBC in an interview. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans”

    I tell you what, NObama spent any race points he had with me a long time ago. I hate every word out of the man’s mouth based on their evil content. To have a dolt like Carter out there making crap up about racism to belittle our opinions is difficult to accept. It has not one damn thing to do with race but consider that the same newspapers who failed to come up with over 200 from google articles to cover the tea parties, have 2200 from google for Carter calling them race based rather than fact based.

  10. timetochooseagain said

    Jeff-did Carter comment on Osama bin Laden’s endorsement of “Peace not Apartheid”?

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