Hundreds Come Out for Tea Party
Hundreds? I don't have a good crowd shot because there was no higher elevation for me to ascend to get one, so mine are all ground shots, and not panoramic, but I think we can conclude from the pictures that it was absolutely more than "hundreds" in attendance.
By 5:00 there were at least 800 there and that was thirty minutes before the event started. By 6 or 6:30 there were easily 3000 there. One security officer told me 4000 but even if you go with the more conservative 3000 broadcast by KTBS last night, it's still more than "hundreds."
Pierson's bias comes through loud and clear in his reporting of the event itself when he writes of one of the speakers, Mike Johnson:
Johnson listed various offenses made by the current administration to Thursday evening's receptive crowd, gathered on the lawn next to the First Baptist Bossier and Bossier City Hall, such as the Thursday morning ruling by a federal judge in Wisconsin that the government-recognized National Day of Prayer, a Congressional act calling for the president to issue a proclamations urging the American public to pray on the first Thursday of May, was unconstitutional.What Johnson didn't mention, however, was that the lawsuit was filed by a non-profit atheist group, and was not only defended in court by the Obama administration, but Obama actually issued such a proclamation last year.Besides misrepresenting what Mike Johnson was saying, Pierson misses the point and confuses the mission of the Tea Party. Yes, protesters are angry and Obama, but it's not just Obama. We're angry at all the liberal policies coming out of Washington and the disregard of the Constitution. We're angry about the out of control spending. The point Johnson was making was what he called the assault on religious values and the need for conservatives to defend their rights to prayer.
Pierson makes no mention of the moving speech of Sharon McCullar; there would be little he could disparage there. Sharon talked about, among other things, the military service of her sons and the sacrifices our soldiers make for us.
It was a brief, token article and I suppose for that we can be grateful.