Max Fisher of theatlantic.com does an excellent job of calling out both liberal and conservative folks for completely ignoring the largest gathering on the mall in DC on 9/12.
It is of utmost importance to remind the tea-baggers that they were not even the largest rally on 9/12 in D.C!
What no one has noted is that two-thirds of the National Mall was filled by an entirely separate event on Saturday that had nothing to do with protesting the president. September 12 just happened to be the 24th-annual Black Family Reunion, which ran from 7th Street all the way to the Washington Monument. [bold] I spent several hours on the Mall on Saturday, and there's no question that protesters numbered at least in the tens of thousands, but they were isolated to only a fraction of the area they're credited with having filled.[/bold] The Black Family Reunion, a peaceful and friendly event designed around "healing and uplifting black families," featured mild-mannered African American families meandering through a series of promotional tables and large white tents scattered across the Mall. One crowd gathered across from the Washington Monument, not to protest health-care reform but to enjoy a Christian-themed R&B concert, where volunteers handed out free water bottles and bananas.
This is a prime example of the media inflating the influence of a relatively small protest (especially considering the right-wing resources thrown into the mix), and extraploating it into a "movement."
Well a real movement-level event actually occured on 9/12 and has been in existence for the last 24 years.
The ironing is delicious -- conservatives are busy trying to claim the "invisible 9/12 rally" numbers as their own in their new overlays!