Sunday, September 13, 2009

Who's Lying Now?

Lots of lying from the fringe about the size of yesterday's Rally of the Misinformed in Washington.


"You have redefined gridlock in Washington, D.C.," Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told the crowd gathered in front of the Capitol on Saturday for a rally that was part Tea Party and part Glenn Beck's 9/12 Project. The reference was to the highways around the nation's capital, which Blackburn said she'd heard had been closed due to the 1.5 million people who'd come out for the demonstration.

Crowd size estimates like the one Blackburn gave were flying around all day on Saturday. Some said they heard 1.2 million, others 1.6 million; conservative blogger Michelle Malkin said in one post that ABC News had estimated the attendance at 2 million.

Malkin was wrong -- ABC had never reported anything like that. In her own way, Blackburn was wrong, too. So were all the others. They weren't even in the ballpark, which most news outlets estimated in the tens of thousands and D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services said, unofficially, was somewhere between 60,000 and 75,000 people.

That first screenshot above is of ABC News' Yunji di Nies' Twitter page, in which she refutes the eternally-shrieking Malkin's bogus claims.

The second is from D.C.'s Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

And the third is from Malkin's own blog, where she blames her lies on event organizers and Astroturf-masters Freedomworks.

(As usual, nice "fact-checking," Ms. Goebbels.)

If you're looking for truth and accuracy from Michelle Malkin or her fellow propagandists, look someplace else.

BeltwayBlips: vote it up!


MickeyWhite said...

Why was Marsha Blackburn or any Politician allowed to speak?
Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR: Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her unconstitutional votes at :

Dan & Margaret said...

IOW, a handful of people more than a typical nice September weekend on the Mall. Of course, the serious-minded among us were home, watching Michigan - Notre Dame ;)

JohnnyRussia said...

Hi Mickey, and thx for visiting.

First of all, why anybody was "allowed to speak" doesn't need an explanation, does it?

I know that she's a Republican, and--quite honestly--your listing of the votes you attribute to her make me think she's not as out of touch as the rest of her party.

And I'd be careful if I were you about claiming those votes were "unconstitutional," unless--of course--you are willing to cite Constitutional law and/or claim the same about the lies the Bush administration and its ensigns used to drag us into Iraq.

I'm here, and I'm waiting for those cites.

JohnnyRussia said...

BTW, Mickey, I notice votes that are GOP party-line (Patriot Act, CAFTA, elec surv, etc...) but I also see votes that aren't: special ed, AIDS, child nutrition, Head Start, etc...

Was it the former or the latter that pissed you off?

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