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Conservatives lie about 9-12 protest numbers in pictures. Where is Joe Wilson when we need him?

September 15, 2009


Impressive turnout no?  No.

According to, conservative bloggers are using a phony photo to describe and inflate the number of people attending the 9-12 Tea Party rally in Washington D.C. Saturday.  It’s not new to inflate protest numbers for any demonstration in the nation’s capital.  It’s nothing new to deflate numbers for such events either.  However, it is new to use phony pictures to describe a scene that did not exist.

The blogs who made the egregious faux pas were Powerline and Say Anything . They have since retracted the photos.  Why are some conservatives claiming to own the truth on issues like health care, when they clearly lie and scheme to make their points?

The protests on Saturday were impressive.  Why feel the need to make them what they were not through subterfuge?  And how dumb do you have to be to think your lie wouldn’t be discovered?

UPDATE: The above photo is from the 1997 Million Man March, which ironically, was castigated for claiming that the organizers inflated the numbers in their rally.  From Wonkette:

Would-be teabaggers and and other easily duped dingbats are proudly emailing each other wonderful pictures of a million teabaggers crowding the National Mall, but these pictures are actually from the Million Man March of 1997, an event attended by, ahem, colored people.Not only did the Million Man March actually attract a million people, it was led by wingnuts’ second-most-hated negro person, Louis Farrakhan, a real black Muslim.

Frankly, there is nothing more embarrassing for a colored-hating Real American than not being able to tell from an aerial photo of an immense crowd that those people aren’t even white! This is why photos cannot be trusted, if taken from a distance.

You cannot make this stuff up people.  Or in this case, maybe you can.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. PCL permalink
    September 15, 2009 6:25 am

    Big surprise, right? Lying seems to be what the Right does best these days–but the Left had better step up their game, or they will get what they settle for and healthcare reform will once again be shelved.

    • Matthew Wright permalink*
      September 15, 2009 7:19 am

      I couldn’t agree more. You have to match aggression with aggression. Now is not the time to be passive.


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