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:
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: