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Update: Johnson responds. Basically he doubles down, saying I was lying about the Bush Bow and as far as crowd size is concerned it’s Science! Basically he has gone from tearing down Dan Rather, to becoming Dan Rather, refusing to even deal honestly with the criticism. Show the picture, Charles and let your audience decide who is telling the truth. I dare you.
Update (II): I have been reminded via email that Legal Insurrection exposed Johnson’s dishonesty on the Bush Bow at the time. And he noticed the magically changing post, too. Finally, a question for all the refugees from LGF coming today. Why isn’t he even talking about the inclusion of an Islamofascist at the Stewart Rally when only four years ago he denounced the man?
A long time ago, Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs was one of my daily reads. He confronted Islamofascism and dishonesty in the media. He earns a place of honor as being vital in the Rathergate scandal. But man, has he slipped off. It wasn’t just a matter of changing his mind, but erasing the past. It was intellectual dishonesty, for instance in the controversy when Barack Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. First he posted video that supposedly showed that “Bush bowed too.” Then when called on the lie he told, he added the word “metaphorically” without noting the change in his post. I watched him do it in real time and called him on the change. He lied to my virtual “face” about it with a comment directed at me, and my account was banned, a familiar story. Now he has completely rewritten that post.
And the latest from Johnson is now he is bull___ting about Stewart’s rally. Like I said, I don’t care about crowd size at these things, but I do expect honesty on the subject. So as of now, Johnson has a post that proclaims that 215K attended the Stewart rally. And to prove it, he quotes CBS news:
An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.
The company AirPhotosLive.com based the attendance at the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which took place on the Mall in Washington. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 percent.
CBS News also commissioned AirPhotosLive.com to do a crowd estimate of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August. That rally was estimated to have attracted 87,000 people. Amid criticism from conservatives that the estimate was low, CBS News detailed the methodology behind it here.
Well, which should we believe, Charles? CBS news or our lying eyes?
About six years ago, Charles, you knew the correct answer to that question.
Oh, and don’t bother “disappearing” this post, Charles. I have the screen shot.
Update: Minor corrections.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]