Crowd Size Pissing Contests Are Fun

So you’ve probably seen the new pissing contest about how many people showed up to the Glen Beckathon over the weekend. Fun stuff: wingnuts invent some bs story about ABC news confirming their delusions then get smacked down with an ‘official’ ABC estimate of 70,000 or so, at which point the spin pivots from “even the liberal ABC news says…” to “well of course the liberal ABC news says…” It’ll be fun to watch this play out over the next couple days – and oshit, Jon Stewart just got back from vacation.

Here’s my absolute favorite though. I don’t know if “Thomas Lifson” is an idiot or a liar – in fact I don’t actually know if he’s the original source of this claim but I see several blogs linking him. So the guy says that a spokesman from the Park Service named Bana “is quoted” as saying the Million Teabagger March was the biggest event in DC history. That strikes me as funny for two reasons: One, the Park Service doesn’t do estimates after the Million-Man March controversy other than the exception they made for the inauguration, and two, when I say Lifson says Bana is quoted as making this statement I mean that literally because he doesn’t provide a link. But I’m sure it’s all on the up and up.

Just kidding. Bana was talking about the inauguration and the quote is from January. Some people.

edit. It’s even funnier than I originally thought. Lifson originally linked to the boston.com story, which he apparently had been told was in reference the the Beck rally. Later, after actually reading the article – or at least having readers point out in comments what it really says – he  removed the link, but otherwise left the post intact. Not that we can generalize from this guy but I’ve often wondered at whether people like this and the Gateway Pundit are shameless liars or just really gullible, prone to wishful thinking, opposed to reading, etc. Whatever the specifics of their motivation I’ve now seen a couple examples in the last week that demonstrate that they really are just full of shit.

(And no I don’t know what being “in violation of plagiarism” means or how misattributing the Dana quote puts you there either.)

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