"The Obama campaign has sent its latest self-important “Big Announcement” email, and it’s funny! He will not be giving his empty-rhetoric convention speech in some smoky back room with George Soros and Scrooge McDuck as his only audience, which is customary. He will hold it outdoors, for everyone to attend, but only if they turn off their Xboxes first: “Barack will leave the convention hall and join more than 75,000 people for a huge, free, open-air event where he will deliver his acceptance speech to the American people.” But what if it rained on his parade, as they say? Or what if no one showed up, since the speech will be on the teevee and no one gives a shit anyway? Answer: book The Decemberists".
-- Jim Newell, admitting Obama's big crowd in Oregon was actually manufactured by the Communist band that opens with the Soviet National Anthem, on the oh-so-snarky political blog known as Wonkette
As NewsBusters previously noted (and TMR linked to at the time):
"There's nothing wrong with a candidate using celebrity power to draw a crowd, but the media have a responsibility to report [the popular band's] presence. By ignoring the free concert, the Times and other outlets made it appear that 75,000 people were drawn only by Sen. Obama's considerable charisma."
You can fool some of the people some of time,...