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The MSM is Dead

September 14, 2009

If CNN still have any credibility with mainstream America, they lost it  Saturday when they reported early on 1,000 people at the Tea Party Protest.  I arrived at Freedom Plaza at 0830 and there were many thousands completely filling the square.

At 1130, they reported:

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

At that time I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue with marchers already crowded onto the West Lawn of the Capitol and stretching all the way back to Freedom Plaza–which was still occupied–and streaming in from several side streets, notably 7th St.  Estimates then ranged from 1.2 to 1.5 million.

People continued to arrive.  The march had been scheduled to start at 11am but because Freedom Plaza was full, we had to start early.  The Metro was on a reduced Saturday schedule–no extra trains; in fact, one local said trains were running at half the normal intervals.  Another standing next to me on the train back said he had never seen Metro trains so packed even on a Redskins game day.  If you know how devoted DC is to the Redskins, you’ll know that’s really saying something.

Around 1pm or so the estimate had risen to 2 million.  Traffic into DC was at a standstill.  I heard reports of police turning busses back because there was no room for them to park.

CNN also reported in their 1137 report, in a prominently separate one-sentence paragraph:

Nazi imagery and a poster of President Obama as an African witch doctor were popular images.

I walked a large portion of the crowd.  I saw no Nazi imagery, excepting a knot of people with a poster of Obama with a mustache and handing out leaflets.  I saw zero African witch doctor posters.  (There were quite a few Communist and Marxist references.  I guess that wasn’t worth mentioning.)  But the most prominent colors that stands out in the footage of the crowds is the yellow of the Gadsden flag and of course the red, white and blue.

That line from CNN is a total fabrication.

If you want to see what really went on, watch Fox.  Greta van Sustern did a good job Monday night.  The Hill did a good job Saturday of trying to capture the essence of the protest rather than push an agenda.  They got the numbers wrong, too.

But in the end the numbers do not matter.  The reporting doesn’t matter either.  There were too many people with cell phones, cameras and video recorders and its all being posted to the web.  What matters is that ordinary Americans at their own initiative and cost converged on the Capitol to voice, with a voice that I heard echo off the walls of the Capitol, their anger at a Congress out of control.

I came alone but I left with 2 million new friends.

One Comment
  1. acmaurerco permalink*
    September 20, 2009 2:15 pm

    As a postscript, I have seen a number of wild numbers on participation–mostly low. The left has convinced itself that this was a small number of disgruntled people. They’ll find out differently next November.

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