Exaggerating crowd numbers at Tea Party rallies and events is nothing new, but it is disinformation and it’s an attempt to make American voters believe America is losing interest in the present administration. Glenn Beck’s, “Restoring Honor” rally shows different numbers circulating the internet.
On a day when crowd estimates could provide their respective groups with political clout, Bachmann asked her audience how many thought more than 1 million people were in attendance. The question was met by big cheers from the gathering of about 1,000. “We’re not going let anyone get away with saying there were less than a million here today because we were witnesses,” Bachmann said.
The Republican lawmaker also took the opportunity to list members of the House Tea Party Caucus, which she chairs. When she reached the name of Rep. Joe Wilson, best known for shouting “you lie” during President Obama’s address to Congress, the crowd started chanting “you lie.”
Yes she lied. One million?!
One of our visitors pointed out the difference between networks which reported the attendance numbers.
Apparently NBC was reporting 300,000. Strange that CBS was reporting less than a third of that. I’m not convinced that the crowd broke a half million, but when you’re the one standing up at the podium, excited and energized, it’s pretty easy to overestimate these things.
MSNBC notes the permit for 300k, but doesn’t give an actual count that I could find: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3889564
None of them came out with a total of a million people in attendance. Inflating the numbers is not unusual and Bachmann’s extreme account of numbers is expected. This has all happened before.
Ole Ole Olson reports on Tax Day 2009:
—Glenn Beck had what was supposed to be the mother of all rallies in Washington DC on September 12th, 2009. Nobody really knew what to expect about the turnout, but due to the 6 months of planning and repeated advertising on Fox, many of us suspected it might fall in the 300,000 range, the same size as the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party protests in April 2009.—
The first figures began to circulate that very day, propagated from conservative media outlets: 2 million. This would have been a huge success for this rally, the only problem was, the figure wasn’t even close to being true. The fire and park service did not officially release an estimate, which is something they have not done under direction of congress since they were sued after the Million Man March. In this case, someone working for them unofficially released a 60-70k estimate.-
There was zero credible evidence in the 2 million figure. In fact, from the start, right wing sources have been using every trick in the book to circulate this grossly inflated estimate. For instance, trying to pretend this very old photo was from 912. Some people tried to claim that there were ‘hundreds of thousands’ of additional subway riders that day, when in reality, ridership only increased 87,000. As mounting evidence began to refute this grossly inflated figure, various conservative groups began to downscale their estimates.–
FreedomWorks (the main organizers or the event) retracted their gross inflation to a ‘conservative’ estimate of 600-800k. Fox News only claimed400k, and they were the main advertisers of the event. The National Taxpayers Union (another main sponsor of the event) put its estimatesbetween 75-300k. However, the best estimates still tend to fall in the 60-70k range, with low estimates of only 30k. —-
Glenn Beck had what was supposed to be the mother of all rallies in Washington DC on September 12th, 2009. Nobody really knew what to expect about the turnout, but due to the 6 months of planning and repeated advertising on Fox, many of us suspected it might fall in the 300,000 range, the same size as the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party protests in April 2009.
Michele Bachmann again:
Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) organized an anti- health care reform rally at the Capitol. When Sean Hannity reported on the event, he and Fox ‘News’ were quickly caught recycling Beck’s 912 footage to try and once again artificially inflate the attendance.
On her way to the rally:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) finished up a campaign tour by shooting off some assault rifle rounds Thursday, a few days before the Congresswoman is set to head off to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington D.C.
Although none of this is shocking given today’s political maneuverings, this does show how quickly the public will believe what they are told if it’s said 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, brought to you by Fox News. Bachmann shooting her assault rifle only adds fuel to the fire for the Fox viewers that think ‘Obama is going to take away their guns’.
This is getting monotonous.