Congresswoman Michele Bachmann held an anti-health-care-reform rally on the steps of the Capitol last week although she and other GOP members of congress wanted to call it a press conference and act as if this many concerned citizens just happened to use their own hard earned money to travel to D.C. to hear them speak. Bachman estimated that at least 20,000-45,000 people attended the event, while the Washington Post reported it was actually more like 10,000.
As expected the mainstream media reported on the event and gave the politicians their free air time to rail against the very government they belong to. One particular television personality thought he needed to put his own spin on the event, no matter how dishonest. Who might that personality be? None other than Sean Hannity. He and his show not only inflated the number in attendance with their words, but actually used footage from a heavily-attended protest this summer to make this health care rally appear more popular. Hannity even pointed out that this was a huge crowd for a Thursday, when the protest footage they used was from a Saturday.
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And just as we might also expect one up and coming journalist Jon Stewart and his team caught the falsehood Hannity and team were running and ran with it. Stewart pointed out neither the color of the leaves nor sky in the tacked-on video match that of the actual footage of last weeks event. Stewart and team of course went on to mock Fox by adding more video to the interview, this time from Woodstock and the movie “300” which is well deserved.
Unfortunately it isn’t the first time Hannity has pulled a stunt like this and sadly it certainly won’t be the last time he attempts to create the news he’d really like to report.