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Teabaggers Lie (UPDATE)

Matt Kibbe, president of the astroturfing agency known as FreedomWorks, told the teabaggers assembled in Washington that ABC News had reported crowd size as 1 million to 1.5 million people. Problem is, ABC never said that:

At no time did ABC News, or its affiliates, report a number anywhere near as large. ABCNews.com reported an approximate figure of 60,000 to 70,000 protesters, attributed to the Washington, D.C., fire department. In its reports, ABC News Radio described the crowd as “tens of thousands.”

Nevertheless, right wing blogs all over the place keep repeating the 1.5 million number. But they’ve gone further than making up numbers; they’ve actually faked photos. On Twitter, a blogger by the name “coffee260” tried posting this photo as “proof” of the crowd size:

Problem: there’s a museum missing. That’s an old photo — look at the edges and you’ll see it’s a sloppy screen grab. Look at this photo from Obama’s inaugural; the missing museum pops up like a yellow mushroom in the upper-right:

Who would tell such a lie? Great question! The picture was posted by a pseudonymous blogger whose stated mission is disinformation:

The vision of this website is that black Americans will become more aware of the history with regard to the political party they support overwhelmingly by 90%. By doing so, they can seize control over their own destiny and come back home to the Republican party.

Blogging only once in most months, his posts are a mix of charismatic evangelism and boilerplate FreedomWorks propaganda, including a complete schedule of town halls.

But he was in good company; Michelle Malkin got caught faking it too. Here’s the picture she’s been spreading all over the intertubes:




Here’s the livecam shot of that same location at 3:30 pm yesterday, when 1.5 million teabaggers were supposedly streaming through this intersection:


Why does the most Christian-y political-slash-religious movement always break the commandment about lying? And when will the mainstream media just call them what they are — lying liars who tell lies?

H/t to Political Carnival

H/t to dinnerbell at Daily Kos

UPDATE:
Editorial correction of this article.


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