Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Fake Tea Party Numbers Keep Circulating

Oh, look! I breezed past the boilerplate section while reading Ben McGrath's Tea Party profile yesterday, and I so shouldn't have. Media Matters? "According to the New Yorker, the 'mainstream media' declined to acknowledge that 1.8 million people showed up at the Tea Party rally? Might that be because 1.8 million people didn't show up and that number was pure fantasy, whipped up by the likes of Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck. Or, to put it another way, the press didn't report the 1.8 million number because it was off the mark by 1.7 million."

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dado (#102)

Fake Tea Party numbers? Or Tea Party fake numbers? I guess either could apply.

kneetoe (#1,881)

How many cucumber sandwiches were consumed?

KarenUhOh (#19)

If you can run the country with 41% of the Senate, why shouldn't you be able to have 1.8 million people at a 60,000-person rally?

HiredGoons (#603)

I think Republicans are considered 7/5ths of a person, no?

hockeymom (#143)

I'm a girl, math is hard :(
Can someone draw me a picture, preferably in pastels?

hockeymom (#143)

I wonder if this charming teabagger was at that zillion-person rally?

blueprint (#2,019)

Some figures to put their claim in perspective:

The combined attendance of all 16 NFL games in a given week (assuming a stadium capacity average of 70k) is only 1,120,000.

The (highest)estimated attendance for Obama's inauguration was 1.8 million.

oudemia (#177)

That is exactly where this number comes from. There were pix of the Obama inauguration floating through all the wingnut sites as pix of the TeaBagger Ball. Eventually the fact that the mall does not look the same in January as it does in August caused folks to quietly take down the pictures, but they stuck with the number.

oudemia (#177)

Or September, I guess!

gregorg (#30)

Wow, Renata Adler was right! Adam Gopnik's running the factchecking department into the ground!

El Matardillo (#586)

However many members they have, it was more than the Massachusetts Democratic Party could handle. November isn't looking good for the donkeys.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Massachusetts was a victim of the Kerry effect: if your candidate is shitty enough, surprise! People won't vote for her!

oudemia (#177)

Taking a month-long vacation and never running daily tracking polls can't hurt either.

LondonLee (#922)

Scott Brown got the exact same share of the vote in MA that McCain did so I wouldn't start counting your populist uprising chickens yet.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Actually that's the only scary part: that just as many right-wingers turned out for the special election as did for the presidential. These people are rabid.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

This tea party is one Skynyrd tribute band short of being a county fair.

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