We all know that the news media so loves to â€œbendâ€ the story so that it fits their slant, but here is one of those cases as it unfolds around us:
In the competitive world of Washington protests, crowd size is often a matter of dispute. Organizers usually boast of huge crowds, while police and the news media offer much smaller estimates.
So supporters of Saturdayâ€™s â€œtea partyâ€ protests against President Barack Obama were quick to highlight their big turnout. To bolster countless claims on blogs and Facebook, many posted a photograph that showed a gargantuan crowd sprawling from Capitol Hill down the National Mall to the Washington Monument.
But it turns out the photo is more than 10 years old, apparently taken during a 1997 Promise Keepers rally.
I totally canâ€™t stand these A-holes. When I took journalism courses in college, we were taught to tell the story without coloring it with our personal bias. Apparently they donâ€™t teach that class any more.