September 24, 2012
GOOD NEWS FOR OBAMA: Crowd for speech in Wisconsin “largest yet of Obama’s reelection campaign,” according to AP.
Bad news? It’s a fake, according to Joel Pollack of Big Journalism:
Tom Blumer of NewsBusters caught the AP in the lie, building on an article at Breitbart News that showed that both Politico and the Wall Street Journal had reported turnout for Obama at the Sep. 21 event as 18,000–at an arena that only held 5,000 people.
Though the arena was nearly full–and local media reported that more were outside the arena–there is no evidence whatsoever that the 13,000 people needed to make up the difference actually showed up. No images of that crowd have yet been produced.
“So where did the official-sounding number come from? The Obama campaign, according to Politico,” Pollack adds.
Why it’s as-if the media were simply unpaid stenographers, and self-admitted non-official campaign staffers for the president’s reelection bid or something.