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Monday, August 30, 2010
WND Pretends Audience at Beck's Rally Was Diverse
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Here's how Drew Zahn began his Aug. 28 WorldNetDaily article on Glenn Beck's big rally in Washington:

People of every race and color in red, white and blue T-shirts gathered in the nation's capital today for Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally only to receive a heavy dose, not of the radio host, but of Jesus Christ.

Zahn offered no evidence that the rally audience was diverse, aside from quoting someone with a Hispanic name.

The truth is qute the opposite -- the New York Times pointed out that the audience was "overwhelmingly white and largely middle-aged," and the Washington Post similarly noted the crowd was "overwhelmingly white." 

That didn't stop WND from trying to portray the crowd as diverse. A follow-up article by Anita Crane carried the headline "Glenn Beck crowd: Not so white as advertised," and Crane insisted that 'many creeds and colors" attended:

The crowd itself included veterans, parents, disabled Americans, people of all ages and – contrary to some criticism leveled against the rally – attendees of many races and ethnicities.

But Crane talked to only two -- the head of the National Black Pro-Life Union and Ron Mille, "a black Christian and author of 'Sellout: Musings from Uncle Tom's Porch.'"  Miller played into Crane's agenda by stating, "Americans of many races were given prominence on stage for the world to see."

As for the "many creeds" supposedly in attendance, Crane cited "Catholics, other Christians and Jews." The only Jew that took part in Beck's rally was Daniel Lapin, a right-wing rabbi with ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

By the way, Zahn also indulged Alveda King's ego by referring to her as "Dr. Alveda King" even though, as we've noted, her doctorate is honorary, not earned.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:23 AM EDT

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