Here’s what Fox News, every teabagger’s favourite source of infromation, had to say about the (for some reason still widely-debated) number of teabaggers who hit the streets in DC on Saturday for Beckapalooza:
The tens of thousands of protesters marched to the U.S. Capitol chanting various slogans and waving posters that voiced a rather broad array of grievances against big government and the leaders, particularly President Obama, who the protesters blame for its size and scope.
Glenn Beck’s deranged ravings notwithstanding, if anyone would inflate the size of the teabaggers’ march it would be Fox News, given that they all but sponsored the thing. So their report of “tens of thousands” (not “hundreds of thousands” or “millions”) of protesters should put all the silly speculation and “liberal media” conspiracy theories to rest.
Frankly, I don’t understand why right-wingnuts would be unhappy with a turnout of 70,000 — that’s a respectable showing for any protest. As I mentioned in a previous post, I once went to a Who concert that drew 72,000, and it’s a fuck of a lot of people. It’s not a million, but so what?
Then again, when 90 95 99% of the participants are batshit insane, it probably seems like a lot more. That concert of 72 thousand seemed like 72 million……with all the trails.