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How do you marginalize a significant protest against a politician or policy you support? Lowball the numbers, then dismiss participants as deranged and possibly dangerous kooks. In the case of Saturday's massive 9/12 protest in Washington, done and done.
"Small protest," popular lefty blogger Josh Marshall reported from his armchair, as an overflow crowd (at least 100,000, by my rough, unscientific estimate) filled the 1.5 miles between the south White House and the US Capitol, spilling out all over the National Mall and even down the street to Union Station.
The Center for American Progress, whose president headed up the new administration's transition team, warned that the rally was marred by signs that "were often racist, radical portrayals of Obama." Among the dozen or so pieces of evidence? A placard claiming, "Ayn Rand is right," and one of President Obama with the caption, "When his lips move . . . he's lying."
If calling the commander-in-chief a liar is the new racism, then Americans have been boiling in hate since long before we, uh, overwhelmingly elected a black president. I seem to recall a "Bush lied" sign or two in the massive (and impressive) protests at the 2004 Republican convention in New York, and then there was that whole "I did not have sex with that woman" thing from the fella before.
What's really going on is not hard to grasp: Even before massive proposed overhauls of health care and energy, the president's first wave of big-government policies -- auto bailouts, Wall Street welfare and just-spend-it economics -- are prompting a passionate pushback.
The print edition wasn't much more forthcoming. Although the Washington D.C. Fire Dept. estimated 60,000 to 70,000 people attended the 9/12 protest, and many estimates are higher, the Times made do with one medium-sized story buried on page A37 of the Sunday paper
The atmosphere was rowdy at times, with signs and images casting Mr. Obama in a demeaning light. One sign called him the "parasite in chief." Others likened him to Hitler. Several people held up preprinted signs saying, "Bury Obama Care with Kennedy," a reference to the Massachusetts senator whose body passed by the Capitol two weeks earlier to be memorialized.
Thousands of roaring supporters turned out Saturday to rally behind President Obama's call to overhaul the nation's health care system, packing a basketball arena here as Mr. Obama warned that nearly half of all Americans under 65 could lose their insurance at some point during the next decade....On a day when demonstrators crammed onto the west lawn of the Capitol to protest what they regard as Mr. Obama's brand of big government, including his health plan, the images of screaming, cheering Obama supporters here provided a welcome visual counterpoint for the White House. The White House estimated that 15,000 people attended the rally here
Originally posted by warrenb
Nice to see a paper print a good article once in a while.
It's obvious they know the figures reported in the MSM are complete hogwash.
Originally posted by warrenb
Revolution is the answer or what?
But Obama's supporters in the media would rather write it off as racism. "Some people just can't believe a black man is president and will never accept it," The New York Times' Maureen Dowd wrote this weekend. Tea Party activists, the LA Times' Tim Rutten theorized Saturday, want to "convert the GOP into an almost exclusively white, zealously religious, mostly Southern party."