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Why with Charles Blow AND Al Sharpton as guests and Joe nowhere to be found.

Like I said Sharpton was brilliant. Thanks to his march MSNBC can deal with him instead of Beck.

Charles Blow is going after Beck, of course he is. Says people don’t understand. Mika seems confused that the crowd seems like “good people”, of course you are confused, for a year you have bought into the narative that you have been shoveled by the left.

6:20 Did MSNBC actually quote an unsigned e-mail from a unnamed conservative to politico as evidence of conservative opposition? Did I actually watch that? Is this what the left is reduced to?

6:50 a.m. Joe is now on the set, who will this change the coverage?

7:05 a.m. Bringing on Grover Norquist, not known as a social conservative to comment on Beck & co.

7:10 a.m. Now it’s “reported hundreds of thousands” what a difference an hour makes

7:15 a.m. Norquist dodges around

716 a.m. Can’t he just point out that Beck didn’t attack Muslims at his march, did Norquist even watch the speeches?

7:17 a.m. Norquist “I would rather have 1000 people rallies in congressional districts all over the country” So would the media, they could ignore that.

7:21 a.m. It would be really nice if they were able to have a conservative on who wasn’t tentative about Beck. It is also interesting that apparently “establishment” republicans privately are saying nasty things to Politico but don’t dare say it publicly. That suggests we need a new republican establishment.

7:33 a.m. Sharpton and Jealous? Sharpton and Jealous? they couldn’t have one speaker or supporter of Becks march on the show, give me a break!

7:46 a.m Joe mentions honoring the troops, they don’t mention code pink at Sharpton’s rally

8:06 a.m. It’s like a tea party rally, says Dean, I thought the left said tea party rallies were all these violent things, that’s what you were telling us all last year.

8:10 a.m. Dean calls Beck Father Coughlin and the people there “lost souls” He insists that Beck is a hate monger and that these aren’t tea party people. HA!

Guys bottom line is you need to hire me ASAP. I’ll tweet and chat with you from right here, give you the perspective of the conservative movement for the whole three hours every day and clue you in, and I’d do it for a lot less that the guys you have on now.

8:46: a.m. They bring up Joe Miller’s tweet, never mention this

Sources in Anchorage inform me that the five-member executive board of the Alaska Libertarian Party will convene in an emergency meeting today to discuss efforts by Lisa Murkowski’s supporters to secure the LP nomination for the Republican senator should she fail to overturn Joe Miller’s 1,668-vote margin in the GOP primary.

Not a word about the potential million dollar warchest transfer.

After a year or more of the left trying to first dismiss the tea parties as AstroTurf, then as irreverent, then not as big as they claim, then finally as violent racist and all of them failing miserably, Sharpton came up with a brilliant idea.

By holding a competing rally who’s primary mission was to declare the other rally evil and divisive, Sharpton was able to give the left something else to cover. To create an equivalence.

You can not find coverage of the Restoring Honor Rally without seeing coverage of Sharpton, (this post for example). The blogs on the left, some of who might not normally want to give him the time of day are forced to do so, because the alternative is to deal with Beck and the numbers he produced.

Sharpton saw this opportunity and jumped at it and the liberals with no alternatives must elevate him for his aggrandizement and profit.

Ironic isn’t it, Sharpton’s actions are the ultimate expression of capitalism, abetted by those who reject it.

If like the NYT you count the numbers of people at either event and combine them with the folks at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally we get hundreds of thousands of people in attendance.

Between the two events, hundreds of thousands of people could swarm the Mall.

I hope we have enough food this year for all those folks.

The sad thing? Thousands of readers of the NYT around the world will never know the truth. The sadder thing? That is by design.

I’ll never forget an event I covered where a crowd was padded by union members ordered there by their steward. I remember the man scanning the crowd to make sure the people he ordered to be there showed up.

I’m very curious how many of Sharpton’s attendees will be “ordered” and bussed to Washington. I also wonder how many are professional paid protesters after all it was a year ago this month that we had this moment:

This clinic is adjacent to Denver’s day laborer pickup street, Park Avenue. Being fluent in Spanish, El Marco asked these guys “¿hablan ingles?” “casi nada” was the reply from our amigo on the left. I asked him if he could tell me what the signs said. “¿Quien sabe?” (who knows?) was all he said to me, with a big grin. I’m kicking myself for not asking them how much they were getting paid to support the grassroots.

The base post is here

I can’t help but remember the Cuba scene from Godfather II

Like in Denver I suspect we will have a set of protesters who are paid to be there (Sharpton’s) vs those who are coming of their own accord (Beck’s). Make sure you take a look at the photos that are run. You won’t see as many wide shots of Sharpton’s crew, particularly not as compared to Becks. The media will present them as equal and opposite. One voice here one voice there. In all things visual you won’t be able to tell the relative sizes of the groups.

Last year’s unbelievably huge 9/12 crowd defied attempts to lowball it:

This year the plan will be to over-count Sharpton & co. I wonder which crowd will leave a cleaner area.

One caveat here, For many in the tea party movement two trips to Washington within two weeks is prohibitively expensive. Don’t be surprised that this march is smaller than the 9/12 one since many tea party groups are going to Washington on 9/12. And the reverse is of course true. In that sense Beck’s Restoring Honor rally is about the power of Beck.

Update:
The NYT reports on “parallel rallies” even though the Washington post reports live from the Sharpton event that he has drawn “hundreds

As town hall says:

There is no equivalence between these two rallies. That won’t stop the MSM from trying to portray them as ‘competing’ gatherings, though.

Guess which narrative the MSM will use?

memeorandum thread here.