As a sideline to Scott's earlier blog, it turns out some of those aerial photos of the protesters that descended upon Washington, D.C. this weekend might be fake. At least one is. The photograph shown here was touted by Say Anything, a conservative blog, as reasonable justification for the claim of 1,000,000 attendees.
A sharp reader on the site posted the following photograph, proving that the above picture was taken before the National Museum of the American Indian was built. It's not clear what this picture is from - I will update if we find out whether it's a real image of a protest or if it's been photoshopped. The blogger has rescinded his claim that this is a tea party photo and has instead posted a new image.
The new image, duly impressive in that it depicts what Fox News estimates as tens of thousands of protesters tired of being "treaded on", shows quite a bit of green just a couple of blocks back from the Capitol building.
Truly, these are good numbers that the TeaPartyExpress PAC generated, so why lie? Say Anything surely wasn't the first to use the photograph - but someone twittered it, or emailed it out, or started sending it out as proof that the teabaggers had their own "million man march" - but why? Your humble blogger has a theory. They so want to beat Obama any way they can, they'll even trump up numbers to prove that they are "right " or at least more of them than the Democrats. They're so concerned with the numbers, in fact, that I'm not sure what they're protesting. The signs that they carried, like the pre-printed "Bury Obamacare with Ted Kennedy" sign that was seen all over the place, seemed to just oppose Obama himself, and anything he may or may not have ever done, believed in, or proposed. Facts, truth, or whether it would help or hurt the country be damned.
Sorry, folks, this is what 1,000,000 plus looks like:
**UPDATE: The fake tea party picture is an image of the 1997 Promise Keepers Rally.