Talk:Anti-tax tea parties held across the USA

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I read the USA Today source, as I - frankly - think WND is a piece of shit. I simply do not find it credible that there were a million people at any one specific rally. Of the photos on the USA Today article, most protests look like 1-2,000 tops. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:14, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

In regards to the above comment, you may be onto something. The last grassroots "tea party" incident that occurred ended up being revealed as a corporate-sponsored clandestine anti-Obama event (see: http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/03/did_playboy_just_disappear_an.php). I think WikiNews had an article on it, but it may have been deleted since users found multiple sources contradicting the so-called grassroots nature of the event. 24.65.79.139 05:30, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

It's quite controversial for a supposedly neutral news site as Wikinews to posit that these parties were 'grassroot' when many sources has found it to be 'astroturf'. --80.161.138.249 08:36, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Brian McNeil, WND did not indicate that a million people were at any one specific rally, but that all the rallies total had 1 million or so people. It is also why I included the Americans for Tax Reform's numbers. As far as the pot shots about them being "a corporate-sponsored clandestine anti-Obama event" and thus we should not run the article, I was going to add more information about that possibility but I was running out of time as far as being "stale" that I felt could not spend more time on the article. If you go follow the link to the Wikipedia article it will show that some news outlets were attempting to frame them as 'astroturf' while many source indicated that it was grassroots with some organizations trying to assist them. The event did happen so it does need to be reported not swept under a rug even if it is an 'astroturf' event. —Spshu (talk) 14:44, 21 April 2009 (UTC)