Thursday, October 01, 2009

Final Answer -- 9/12 March on Washington -- Over a Million... EASY!

Listen to the news reporters say "tens of thousands"

(Savage Republican h/t)

How big WAS the crowd in D.C. ?

Seems to be the question of the hour. Well, I happen to have a bit of experience with really, REALLY large crowds. Like over 1,000,000 men.

I was at "Stand in the Gap" the Promise Keepers event 4 October 1997 in Washington D.C.

I was over near the tree line in front of the Smithsonian. We arrived about 9:00 and were told that we had just missed an ABC camera crew. The crew had shared with the men around us that ABC was estimating 100,000 men between each Jumbotron.They told us there were 9 Jumbotrons from the Capitol steps to the Washington Monument. We were also told there were another 300,000 plus men on the other side Monument to the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial. There were another 50,000 on the Ellipse. And many 10,000's walking the streets as there was no more room on the Mall.

Now, here is a satellite picture taken of the Mall during Obama's inauguration ceremony. (Click on the image above and below twice to enlarge).

A photo analyst estimated this crowd (directly above) at 800,000. The Washington Post crowed that there 2,000,000 at the inauguration.

The MSM covered Stand in the Gap with the usual deference they show Christians and conservatives. Compare the two photos and come to your own conclusion about numbers reported by the MSM for the 912 Rally.


(News Busters h/t)

NYT Reports Rally Crowd in Thousands, Daily Mail Says Two Million

It goes without saying the Obama-loving media are going to do everything in their power to downplay Saturday's Taxpayer March on Washington, and the New York Times is certainly living down to such expectations.

As evidence, consider the Times headline,"Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government."


That's certainly not how Britain's Daily Mail saw it (h/t NBer MrShy and reader Keith Brown):

Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as "Obamacare makes me sick" as they protested the president's health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.

The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

By contrast, the Times reported:

The demonstrators numbered well into the tens of thousands, though the police declined to estimate the size of the crowd.


I was offline for most of the afternoon and early evening — and just learned that the nutroots are claiming that the screenshot of the 9/12 march in D.C. that I posted — taken from a livecam of the event that I linked to here — is somehow “fake.”

The claim is that the shot came from the Kennedy procession or a previous left-wing protest and that the flag at half-mast proves that it was “fake.”

Newsflash for the clueless: Flags were still at half-mast earlier today in honor of the murder victims of the 9/11 jihadi attacks.

Guess the 9/11-was-an-inside jobbers are still that much in denial.


Yes, this is real:

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