Time to tell the truth!

We all know that the news media so loves to “bend” 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 Saturday’s “tea party” 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.

Bloggers said this photo showed a gargantuan crowd at Saturday's "tea party" protest. But it apparently was taken in 1997 at a Promise Keepers rally.

I totally can’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 don’t teach that class any more.

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  1. Wow, Promise Keepers. Almost forgot about them. Apparently, so has everyone else.

    And I’m sure that whatever everyone in the Promise Keepers, er, promised to do, I’m sure they did.

    But what happened was, the organization seemed to wane a bit. Okay, wane a lot. You would think with all that men marching on the mall of washington, they’d actually, you know, keep it up. While the organization is still going on, the number of “conferences” they have each year seems to shrink and now focuses around Denver, Colorado.

    Point is, the million teabagger march, or whatever it’s called, is pretty much the same thing in my eyes. It’s the same thing that got Ross Perot elected the head of his own party, and then later dethroned as head of his own party. Yes, the economics of government are an unqualified mess. And no, nobody trusts the government to do the right thing.

    But when it comes to looking at a large gathering of people, they’re not there for a single purpose, other than to show up and say, “Hey, Look At Me!” and then go home. That’s pretty much what this is.

    That’s what the Million Man March was. Notice they’re not having those again, either? Why? Because once they’ve done it, the people aren’t going to come back in the same numbers.

    It’s more like a pilgrimage. The Republicans did it because they wanted to circle Washington, throw stones at The Devil, and then declare holy victory and leave.

    Last time I looked, The Devil was still in business.

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