Sunday, April 28, 2013

Gun Group Holds Rally With AR-15s To Congratulate Congress For Blocking Background Checks

That's the story.  Sounds horrible, doesn't it?  Well, here's the rally:

Some rally, huh?  Man, that'll show them.  I remember going to an anti-Iraq war rally in Washington D.C. a few years ago that drew 350,000 people or so, but was virtually ignored by the press.  But this gets national publicity.

We all know how our media treat the infantile arguments of the right as equal with the sane positions of the left.  Here's another form of false equivalence.  I first noticed this with the disgusting media hoopla over the Terry Schiavo case.  I have looked at well over a hundred photos of the right wing demonstrators outside of Schiavo's hospital, and I have never seen one that showed more than three or four dozen people.  Yet this was treated to daily media coverage for months.  During the heyday of the Tea Parties, I reported frequently on events that I had attended, and ones that were reported in the press.  The same thing was almost inevitable- crowd sizes were vastly overstated, in order to claim that these people represented a significant number of Americans.

The truth is, these are synthetic, phony events that are designed for no other purpose than to give our corrupt press an opportunity to claim that the goals of the rich are supported by large numbers of Americans.  And the press goes along with it every time.  This particular item is from a left of center website, and even they fail to point out in their story what a pathetic excuse for a popular movement this is, and how it shows not the strength but the weakness of the American right wing.

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