In the competitive world of Washington protests, crowd size is often a matter of dispute. Organizers usually boast of huge crowds, while police and the news media offer much smaller estimates.So supporters of Saturday’s “tea party” protests against President Barack Obama were quick to highlight their big turnout. To bolster countless claims on blogs and Facebook, many posted a photograph that showed a gargantuan crowd sprawling from Capitol Hill down the National Mall to the Washington Monument.But it turns out the photo is more than 10 years old, apparently taken during a 1997 Promise Keepers rally...oops..There’s another problem with the photograph: It doesn’t include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth Street and Independence Avenue that opened on Sept. 14, 2004...ahh yes, no "obfuscations and mischaracterizations" there..http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2009/sep/14/...
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