Media Sees What It Wants...
From Canada's Globe and Mail
Fewer protesters than expected at D.C. rally against Keystone pipeline
"Thousands of environmental activists braved chilly winds to gather on the Mall in Washington, D.C., Sunday, demanding Barack Obama say “no” to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal to funnel Alberta crude across the United States to refineries on the Gulf Coast.Must have been too damned cold for milquetoast. Oh, the irony!
Despite optimistic claims made from the stage and circulated on social media that 35,000 people attended, the reality was different. Long lines of portable toilets were mostly unused, some protesters left early and a straggling column marched on the White House two hours into the rally."
"“No matter how discouraging the turnout, it’s important to be here and be heard,” said Jim Plunkett, 66, from Portland, Ore., who drove across the country with his wife to decry the Keystone pipeline. “We came a long way to do this.”No matter. Enough fossil fuels were burned getting there.
Forecasts for snow had threatened to cool activist ardour, but the morning was clear and bright, if barely above freezing, on the Mall in Washington.
Busloads of students from college campuses and environmentalists from several dozens states and Canada converged for the Forward on Climate rally, but hopes that it would spark a massive turnout beyond those already devoted to the the cause seemed to fall short of expectations."
And from NBC:
Thousands rally in D.C. against Keystone Pipeline
"Although the crowd count could not be independently confirmed, organizers estimated nearly 40,000 people from across the country descended on the nation’s capital to gather near the Washington Monument and then march to the White House for the “Forward on Climate” rally."Eh, so we round off to the next highest number. What does that matter?
All told though, whether it's 35,000 from all over North America or 40,000 just from the USA, it's still not what you'd call the biggest rally on the Washington Mall. But, we'll use the chilly weather to explain that away. Oh, the irony!