Sunday, 29 August 2010

HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTENDED THE RALLY?

Ken Berwitz

The estimates of how many people attended the "Restoring Honor" rally vary dramatically - from "thousands" to "tens of thousands", to 87,000, to 100,000, to upwards of 500,000 or more.

That being the case, I thought I would give you a visual basis for deciding which of the various estimates is most accurate:

 

 

There you are.  Decide for yourself.

free` That looks like a lot of people. It would be interesting to see a picture of obama's inauguration next to this one. (08/29/10)


WASHINGTON POST MISINFORMATION TOO

Ken Berwitz

The Washington Post's headline for its article on yesterday's event:

"Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton:  The rallies of 8/28

In other words, the Washington Post, like NBC's David Ushery, is trying to equate the two marches.  Only if you read the detail do you get any sense that the Beck rally generated almost all of the total attendance.

Liars.  Frauds.

However, I will give the Post this much.  Well within the article it admitted that: 

Sharpton drew a mostly black crowd of union members, church-goers, college students and civil rights activists.

For all the claims that Glenn Beck's rally was racist/lily White (not true at all, by the way) how much publicity was the majority-Black makeup of Sharpton's tiny little counter-rally given by most media -- besides none?

And they're calling other people racist???????????

Wow.

Zeke .... .... Sharpton's Rent-A-Mob is there for the photo-op. ... ... ... Sharpton is a demagogue ... he jumps in where the headlines are. ... ... Sharpton is to racial harmony as gasoline is to fire. ... ... He still maintains that Tawana Brawley was a victim, despite a law suit that awarded damages to those he falsely charges as being the perps of a nonexistent event. .. .... .... Rudy Giuliani, when Mayor of NYC, refused to talk about him, and suddenly, ole Al was not in the news. ... ... Sharpton often files suit for the headlines, but never pursues them. .... ... Sharpton has a long string of unpaid bills (hotels, rent, goods and services) - he just walks away from them. ... ... His income derives from shaking down cities and companies, and being 'family advisor for a cut of the action' to those suing for damages. .... .... Off hand, I cannot think of a single benefit to society of Sharpton's actions. (08/29/10)

free` If someone were having a rally to honor America what would a counter-rally be? (08/29/10)

Angie If minorities want equal treatment, they need to respect themselves. Stop going around bashing white people, while you go around acting discriminative like it's a free for all. Have some standards for yourselves or I will not stop myself from calling you a monkey. (03/12/11)


NBC MISINFORMATION, NY TIMES NON-INFORMATION

Ken Berwitz

There is misinformation.

And there is non-information.

Last night, I watched NBC's local news last night (the New York station).  Its coverage of yesterday's "Restoring Honor" event in Washington DC was a pathetic joke.

Anchor David Ushery gave equal time to the so-called "counter march" featuring al sharpton, which consisted of maybe 2-3,000 people.  In fact, the video he showed had sharpton first, as though his piddling nothing-with-nothing "event" was the main attraction.  And then he said the crowd estimate "for the two marches combined" was either 500,000 or 300,000.  I don't remember which, because I was so taken aback by his combining the two as if they were about equal.

When I was younger, I had a great trivia question:  Which two brothers had the most home runs of any brothers in Major League baseball history.  No one ever got it either.  The answer was Hank Aaron, who hit 755 home runs, and his brother Tommy Aaron, who had a brief career and hit just 13 home runs.  The reason it was a good trivia question is that, because of the way the question was framed, the people I asked spent their time trying to think of brothers who both were big home run hitters.  That was the trick. 

And it is the same trick used by Ushery when he reported the "Restoring Honor" story.  

This morning I went to the New York Times web site to see its estimate of crowd size for the "Restoring Honor" event.  To my surprise, I found that it wasn't the Times' main story, or even one of the second-tier stories (i.e. with a headline, descriptive sentence and link to the rest).

But if you scroll well down the page, and look at the list of "other news",  you one with the following description: "At the Lincoln Memorial, a Call for Religious Rebirth". 

No mention of the event's name, the crowd size, or Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin or Alveda King.  Just a nondescript title in a place most people won't even see, that might or might not communicate this event to them.

That is what a newspaper does when it doesn't want readers to see a story.  Yeah, it's there - sort of - so the paper's backside is covered.  Nothing more.

Incidentally, the article itself indicates the organizers said the crowd was about 500,000 and that NBC's estimate was 300,000.  Taking the midpoint, that's a 400,000-person march.  Do you think it could have earned at least second-tier status?  One of the second-tier articles was about some guy who likes to write about the Hamptons.  Was that more significant than this event?

Oh, and if you're wondering about the Times' print edition?  The article is buried on page 15.  

So we have NBC news doing its best to misinform viewers by presenting the "Restoring Honor" event as equivalent in scope to the counter-march, and the NY Times online edition doing its best to have readers know as little about the event as possible.

Then they wonder why people call them biased.

Zeke .... ... ... Maybe, if they renamed the New York Times. ..... to "The Daily Worker" .... (08/29/10)

free` I have one for you also. On CBS news in Los Angeles I think it was the 4pm broadcast, they estimated the crowd size at Becks rally as in the 10s of thousands. (08/29/10)


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