Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Nobody Here But Us Fair And Objective Media Types"


First watch this time lapse video shot at the protest march in D.C. yesterday:

Next, let us read the news.

First from CNN:

The conservative advocacy group Tea Party Express massed at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to protest health care reform, higher taxes and what they see as out-of-control government spending.

Marchers en route to the rally held no feelings in check as they waved signs reading, "Proud member of the angry mob," "I didn't vote for this Obamanation," "Fire the czars" and "You represent us, not rule us."

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

And welcome to the meme of the day. "Your eyes deceive you!"

Yeah, right.

The BBC played along:

Tens of thousands of people have marched from the White House to Capitol Hill in Washington to protest against Barack Obama's healthcare reforms.

You know...I've been in crowds of "tens of thousands" every time I've gone to a Cardinals baseball game. I'm sorry, but the crowd didn't look like this in any way, shape or form. (Nor does the crush last for 3 and a half hours.)

Look, I have no idea how many people were there, but the idea that no more went to this then a garden variety sporting event is ludicrous. That the media feels comfortable enough to basically peddle these outright falsehoods so baldly should concern us all. The question becomes, what won't they lie about?


Anonymous said...

I think Glen Beck was right -- it was 2 million -- bigger than Obama's inauguration. No doubt it shut down D.C. for hours, the planning took months, and it was still a chaos on the ground. No way that was just tens of thousands, it must be hundreds of thousands because a professor of political philosophy based on his anecdotal impressions of crowds at sporting events says so.

Utterly convincing.

Now how about using local weather phenomena to disprove the massive scientific conspiracy about global warming?

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

Wow, I must not have said something like "I have no idea how many people were there"...

Oh, wait. I did say that.

Now, would you like me to spell out how you dont understand the nature of anecdotal evidence and when it does and does not apply?