As I wrote yesterday, the National Organization for Marriage
Discrimination's much-hyped "March for Marriage" here in D.C. was a dismal (albeit hate-filled) failure. Only between 1,500 and 2,000 people actually bothered to show up, despite NOM and its surrogates begging and even outright lying to people in order to drive up turnout.
So what do you do in the face of such an epic fail? Why, you invent an alternate version of reality, of course! Blogger Joe Jervis caught NOM posting strategically cropped photos on Twitter to make the crowd appear much larger than it actually was. Brian Brown claimed that the crowd numbered "more than 10,000;" Christian media outlets dutifully parroted Brown's figure in their news reports this morning.
Thomas Peters, NOM's communications director, went even further: he triumphantly stated that 15,000 participated. "We have the last word," Peters exulted.
Actually, Thomas, you don't. The evidence is the last word, and the photographic evidence obtained by The Bilerico Project and other media outlets who attended yesterday's hate march tells a very, very different story.
Check out Bilerico's crowd shots after the jump, then decide for yourself: does this look like 10,000 people to you?