The hopeless stupidity of Conservatives: ’97 photo of D.C. ‘Promise Keepers’ rally? “That’s us!” January estimates of Obama’s inauguration? “That’s us!”

How fucking dumb do you have to be to try to pretend that a 50,000 person rally is actually 2 million people? How dumb do you have to be to run with that story long after it’s been proven rankly bullcrap? How dumb do you have to be to try to substitute others’ rally photos and National Park Service estimates for your own to pretend that your protest was “the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever”?

These questions have no answers because Conservatives are too stupid to fathom.

Bloggers claim photo shows millions at “tea party” protest

…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…

Pete Piringer, public affairs officer for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Department, said the local government no longer provides official crowd estimates because they can become politicized. But the day of the rally, Piringer unofficially told one reporter that he thought between 60,000 and 75,000 people had shown up.

“It was in no way an official estimate,” he said.

We asked Piringer whether there were enough protesters to fill the National Mall, as depicted in the photograph.

“It was an impressive crowd,” he said. But after marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, the crowd “only filled the Capitol grounds, maybe up to Third Street,” he said.

Yet the photograph so widely posted showed the crowd sprawling all the way to the Washington Monument, which is bordered by 15th and and 17th Streets.

There’s another problem with the photograph: It doesn’t include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth Street and Independence Avenue that opened on Sept. 14, 2004. (Looking at the photograph, the building should be in the upper right hand corner of the National Mall, next to the Air and Space Museum.) That means the picture was taken before the museum opened exactly five years ago. So clearly the photo doesn’t show the “tea party” crowd from the Sept. 12 protest…

My friend’s cousin said there were 4 million people there

…Several conservative blogs have been quoting National Park Service spokesman “Dan Bana” as saying the 9/12 protest was “the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever.” This appears to be a repurposing of this quote from David Barna (who, unlike Dan Bana, appears to be a real person):

David Barna, a Park Service spokesman, said the agency did not conduct its own count. Instead, it will use a Washington Post account that said 1.8 million people gathered on the US Capitol grounds, National Mall, and parade route.

“It is a record,” Barna said. “We believe it is the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever.”

Very impressive! Unfortunately, as Little Green Footballs pointed out, that quote was actually about the inauguration:

This is so pathetic I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Dozens – if not hundreds – of right wing blogs are running with this quote, portraying it as a statement about the tea party held last weekend: ‘We believe it is the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever.’

The quote is from January. The National Park Service spokesman was talking about Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Pam Geller quoted “Dan Bana” as saying this on Saturday. She cited Thomas Lifson at American “Thinker,” who also calls him “Dan Bana.” In keeping with his fellow conservatives, Lifson doesn’t feel the need to provide a link for his outlandish crowd estimates:

Despite mainstream media attempts to characterize turnout as in the thousands, a spokesman for the National Park Service, Dan Bana, is quoted as saying “It is a record…. We believe it is the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever.”

True, “Dan Bana” definitely “is quoted” as saying this. By whom? Well, Thomas Lifson.

Imaginary ABC News reports, unnamed universities, invented quotes, and for safe keeping, the journalistic equivalent of “I heard this one dude say…


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