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AP Needs a Camera - and a Calcuator

AP reports today on the Pro War rally:

"WASHINGTON - Support for U.S. troops fighting abroad mixed with anger toward antiwar demonstrators at home as hundreds of people, far fewer than organizers had expected, rallied Sunday on the National Mall just a day after a massive protest against the war in Iraq.

“No matter what your ideals are, our sons and daughters are fighting for our freedom,” said Marilyn Faatz, who drove from New Jersey to attend the rally. “We are making a mockery out of this. And we need to stand united, but we are not.”

About 400 people gathered near a stage on an eastern segment of the mall, a large photo of an American flag serving as a backdrop. Amid banners and signs proclaiming support for U.S. troops, several speakers hailed the effort to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan and denounced those who protest it."

Heh...heh...hheeeee! So damn obvious, I could have laid money on the AP to report this way.

Ya Oki-Doki.

Here's how they reported the Anti-War Protest yesterday:

"WASHINGTON - Crowds opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House on Saturday, shouting “Peace now” in the largest anti-war protest in the nation’s capital since the U.S. invasion.

The rally stretched through the day and into the night, a marathon of music, speechmaking and dissent on the National Mall. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, noting that organizers had hoped to draw 100,000 people, said, “I think they probably hit that.”

Speakers from the stage attacked President Bush’s policies head on, but he was not at the White House to hear it. He spent the day in Colorado and Texas, monitoring hurricane recovery."

Ya, Oki-Doki AP: Since you guys don't have any pictures to prove those tens of thousands, here's a few sites that have them for you, as well as a dissection of the puff.

here, here, here.

Wow! Look at the crowd! Protein Wisdon has the skinny on how the AP got one festival mixed up with an antiwar protest. Like I said, they need a calculator.

UPDATE: Confederate Yankee with more on the "crowd". Check out this site for of the pro-war rally.

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