Brietbart and Drudge have been pumping this lie to all the MSM outlets;
"OBAMA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN EMPTY ARENA"
The photo they dubbed "Obama fail"
Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the crucial swing state. A
photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance. The above image, according to Williams, was taken
during the President's first official campaign speech.
What's not being said is that the photos they used to claim the stadium was "empty", were taken prior to the start of the rally, before
everyone attending was seated.
Now that more photos taken by attendees are surfacing we can see what a media spin Brietbart, Drudge and Romney put on this:
5 May 2012 OBAMA RALLY - The Supporters - Romney Campaign LIE EXPOSED
Here is the picture of the “empty” arena:
Here is a picture of Obama taking the stage at 1:20 PM ET:
Here is a view of the upper bowl that the right didn’t want you to see:
By comparing the first two photographs, we can see two things that prove that picture of Obama “failure” was taken before the event began.
Notice that the crawler between the lower and upper bowls is blank in the first photograph, but once event began, the crawler/scoreboard featured a
blue Obama/Biden logo. Secondly, check out the lighting in the first photograph.
If you look closely, you can see the shadows cast by the people standing on floor. The lighting likely wasn’t at full power, in other words the
stage lighting is not on. As anyone who has ever been to a concert knows, the stage lights aren’t turned on until an act takes the stage. The house
lights, which are the lights beneath the retired jersey banners, are used pre-event, post-event, and during intermissions. The photo was likely taken
before the event because the people in the first photo are looking towards the stage. There also people in the stands, and there aren’t any visible
people moving or heading for the exits. It looks like the crowd is waiting for the event to start, which suggests that President Obama wasn’t even
on stage at the time the photograph was taken. Drudge and Breitbart’s evidence is a photograph that was taken when Obama wasn’t speaking.
The Columbus Fire Department states that more than 14,000 people attended the rally at Schottenstein Arena. While a modest number of Obama's standard
this is still a sizable crowd in an arena that normally seats 18,300.
This is yet another case of right-wing blog sites like Drudge and Breitbart making outright lies about Obama, and using selective photographs to skew
By anyone who isn't a ditto head or Fox "News" viewer, 14,000 in an 18,300 seat arena = 76.5% capacity.
edit on Sun May 6 2012 by DontTreadOnMe
because: added 30% to TITLE, as the stadium was 70% full
Thanks for exposing another episode of the lies being perpetrated by the radical right wing movement. Just goes to show that they will go to any
length in their attempt to portray the President in a negative light.
Lies like this will only come back to haunt them in the future with devastatingly negative effects. You know what they say; "What goes around, comes
around." I truly believe that it was the stress of constantly perpetuating such lies that caused Brietbarts' heart to give out at such an early age.
I really think that he literally brought it on himself.
edit on 6-5-2012 by Flatfish because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by syrinx high priest
if all romney can offer is crtiticism, he' toast. he needs a message
All Romney needs to do is show up. Obama is that bad.
well, it looks like he feels that way, his campaign is making a colossal mistake so far, harping on 2009 instead of making a clear statement on how he
can make things better
it's a tough spot though, getting 50% of the vote when you represent 10% of the people
I honestly feel a lot of voters are more scared of putting the vulture capitalist in charge of the fed's chicken coop and our tax policy than giving
a radical 4 more years. at least there are checks and balances on the radical
Huh? That pic the Romney campaign was taken prior to the events but judging from that video that arena is about as packed as the pic shows. The
balcony seating is almost non existent, except for one corner. Is anyone shocked the Romney campaign is misleading people? They have proven to do so,
poorly, these past few days. But you Obama fans have nothing to worry about from Romney, he can never beat Obama heads up.
And to be fair to the Drudge Report, their headline ends with a question mark
Jesus Christ there are still that many Obama supporters? I don't know folks, looks like hes going be with us for another 4. Do these people not know
about NDAA, or any of the EO's hes singed? These people either a. Dont have computers, B. Watch too much TV C. Voted for Obama instead of his
policy's. Let us not forget, Hitler was a popular guy because of his charismatic character and the change he promised.
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