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The differences in coverage of yesterday’s “rally” at the General Assembly by Americans for the Prosperous are interesting.

Laura Leslie with WRAL estimated the crowd at “several dozen” in her story about House Speaker Thom Tillis and House Majority Leader Paul Stam addressing the right-wing faithful assembled by the Pope-funded group.

That is about how many people Rob Schofield with NC Policy Watch reported were there after he attended the rally and counted the people listening to Tillis and Stam.

Just after the rally the folks at Americans for the Prosperous tweeted that “Over 100 people attend bright new days for jobs rally.”

This morning’s News & Observer ran a large picture of the rally on the front page of the Triangle section with a caption that said “about 100 people” were there. 

A hundred people were not there but the readers of the N&O will never know that.

Maybe it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it’s another example of how the right-wing propaganda machine keeps winning, even on the small points.

5 Comments


  1. Nonanonymous

    July 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Correct, and there were exactly a handful of protesters downtown across from the capital square during the National Day of Prayer this year, one group of maybe 5 people, while there were in excess over 100 attendees in my estimation, and one of the television news crews were zoomed in on that one group of protesters from across the street.

    It’s all about perspective. Since I wasn’t at the jobs rally yesterday, I can’t say for sure how many there were, but it doesn’t seem to me that a jobs rally is a bad thing.

    Maybe you’re being a little hard on your ideological opponents, or is being right, or in your case, politically correct, the only thing?

  2. Alex

    July 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

    If that’s all you have to worry about, life must be good !

  3. francesjenkins

    July 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I just saw you on the Rachel Maddow show. I think I counted four or five incorrect statements you shared with the world. Shame on you!! You would not know the poor if they stepped out in front of you. You only use poor people to secure funding for your cause and we are still poor. Like John Edwards, you do not understand poverty and you know of no way to solve the problem and neither does Bev Perdue. The poor and their struggle are pawns for your talking points but not for solving their problems. As long as you keep us poor and undereducated, then you can use us just like John Edwards did. Bev Perdue wants to be Governor not help the poor.

  4. Rob Schofield

    July 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Frances: You are one troubled and very confused person.

  5. francesjenkins

    July 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Really, oh I forget, one can not disagree with the gods. You use the poor to make a living.

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