Washington, by the numbers

The NYT said this in the run-up to events in Washington, ginving an impression that there would be two pretty large gatherings:

Two political foes –- Glenn Beck and the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. -– are gathering hundreds of thousands of their supporters on the National Mall today for simultaneous rallies commemorating the anniversary of the March on Washington. The Tea Party faithful assembled before the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this morning waiting for speeches from their superstars, Mr. Beck and Sarah Palin…In a counter-protest, Mr. Sharpton and other civil rights activists will march from Dunbar High School in Northwest Washington to the construction site of the new King memorial…Between the two events, hundreds of thousands of people could swarm the Mall.

To be fair to the Times, its follow-up piece was a little clearer on the numbers: “Beck…event organizers put the number of attendees at 500,000; NBC News said it was closer to 300,000…Across town, several hundred people packed a football field at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.” Hard to spin a disparity like that.

3 Responses to “Washington, by the numbers”

  1. Steve Says:

    America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising has been bankrolled largely by Rupert Murdoch and by the brothers David and Charles Koch, whoare even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. When David Koch ran to the right of Reagan as vice president on the 1980 Libertarian ticket (it polled 1 percent), his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security, federal regulatory agencies and welfare but also of the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and public schools — in other words, any government enterprise that would either inhibit his business profits or increase his taxes. He hasn’t changed. Koch-supported lobbyists, foundations and political operatives are at the center of climate-science denial — a cause that forestalls threats to Koch Industries’ vast fossil fuel business. While Koch foundations donate to cancer hospitals like Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, Koch Industries has been lobbying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying another product important to its bottom line, formaldehyde, as a “known carcinogen” in humans (which it is).

  2. bill Says:

    The Beck showing was impressive … amazing that so many intolerant bigoted racist Nazis could gather so peaceably. Fortunately Beck must have told them not to wear the white hoods for this event. /sarc

    Beck is one of many filling the void left by “journalists” that seem to get their Democrat talking points from a morning email briefing. When was the last time half a million showed up at the mall to rally and protest?

    But the only mention on the main page of NYTimes online was titled “The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party” (which Steve faithfully regurgitated without reference). Of course the billions doled out from government to unions and ACORN type far left organizations never merits NY Times coverage, nor the actions of Soros and his direct funding of far left groups that infiltrate government and have a direct line to Obama. The left directly funds protesters (even at non union rates) yet that does not fit the narrative at the Times.

    God forbid that any wealthy person should support a movement that has not been deigned holy by the high priests at the NY Times or the Manhattan socialites. Rich complains that this is different, because Koch is more secretive … yet most of Soros’ support is less than open, through a variety of progressive arms.

    It is quite a Rich opinion that he complains that FOX news gives the TEA party “free promotion 24/7″ while never hinting there may be a much greater media bias in the rest of big media. Big Media is just another arm of the Democrat party, and they are in full assault mode against the TEA party groundswell. They ignore the rally, but headline an attack on the TEA party. Good grief.

  3. bill Says:

    Oh wait, under “more news” further down on the home page, the Times did have a link to:

    “At Lincoln Memorial, A Call for Religious Rebirth”

    But still, vacationing Obama gets top billing.

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