It's official. All major media are now reporting between 1.5 to 2 million marches on Washington D.C. for the Tea Party Protest. Sponsored by libertarian groups such as Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, and self-described "libertarian" Fox News Host Glenn Beck, today's event is now the largest libertarian event in the history of the United States.
Editor's Note - This is an open thread. Share your thoughts of the day, if you were there, or if you watched it on TV, or as I did at a large screen Cinema/Draft House with fellow Houstonians. We will leave this post up as the headliner til Sunday morning.
The UK Daily Mail's headline story this morning:
Up to two million march to US CapitolRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1213056/Up-million-march-US-Capitol-protest-Obamas-spending-tea-party-demonstration.html#ixzz0QzXGbKt6
ABC News is now denying that they ever said "2 million"
Various media and blogs are reporting that the DC Capitol Police estimated the crowd size to be "1.2 million."
Leftward leaning MSNBC described it as a "massive rally." Reporter Tom Costello states that "our own people think hundreds of thousands... so many people that DC police had to close down Pennsylvania Ave."
Costello goes on to report that the protest was "organized by conservative and libertarian groups all echoing a common theme," than plays a clip from Sen. Jim Demint "we must stop this government takeover of health care..."
Leftwing bloggers and news sites are now claiming that shots of the crowds and video taken showing crowd sizes were photo-shopped "fakes." Some are even suggesting that they were repeats taken from Ted Kennedy's funeral two weeks ago, and doctored to make it seem that they were the Tea Party protest.
Editor's Note - stating the obvious: The conspiracy theories from NetRoots obviously discount the weather. As one can see by the video above, it is clearly a cloudy day at the Capitol Mall as anyone in Washington DC could attest too.