March 16, 2004


"Iraq war opponents march to White House," reports CNN:

More than 60 people gathered Monday in Washington for a march to the White House, calling for an end to U.S. military action in Iraq.

The protest, the second day of a two-day demonstration against the Bush administration, drew mostly peace activists, along with a few relatives of U.S. troops, organizers said.

Plus a couple of CNN reporters. And a cat. The report, incidentally, contains around six times as many words as there were protesters.

(Via reader Kim H., who writes: "Read it and ask yourself: Is this CNN -- or Scrappleface?")

UPDATE. The White House Sixty are revealed!

Posted by Tim Blair at March 16, 2004 06:38 AM

Did each of 'em have both hands raised in the air, or only one?

Those pictures of the Madrid demonstraters last week were a chilling portent... I still mourn for their dead, and the dead to come as result of their capitulation.

Posted by: geezer at March 16, 2004 at 06:48 AM

news flash: more than 150 people ride Belford ferry to Manhattan with Mr. Bingley at 6am...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at March 16, 2004 at 06:49 AM

There were also a few counterprotesters calling the demonstrators "traitors" and yelling, "Stop the left-wing violence."

Is "a few" more or less than 60?

Posted by: Matt Moore at March 16, 2004 at 06:54 AM

Ooooops. They misplaced their zeros. They meant to say 600,000 protested. Usually they inflate the numbers a bit, and this time, somehow, they just forgot. Sort of like the Million Mom March.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at March 16, 2004 at 06:57 AM

I went to the article but there was neither photo nor mention of a cat. The thought of a cat, perhaps a kitten, scampering along after the protesters seemed very cute but it appears that Mr. Blair likes to raise hopes that will only be cruelly dashed.

—Desolate in Queens

Posted by: ForNow at March 16, 2004 at 07:00 AM

I saw the cat. It was pro-war cuddle kitten. I saw it hiss and attack the protesters. But then some PETA nazis started kicking him, and he scampered away with a hurt leg. Bastards.

Posted by: Oktober at March 16, 2004 at 07:12 AM

The AP story describes the number as "more than 100".

Whooo. That's a national news story, I tell ya.

Posted by: Cam at March 16, 2004 at 07:24 AM

Apparently I had a friggin' PARTY last weekend that's bigger than the antiwar movement.

Posted by: Mike G at March 16, 2004 at 07:24 AM

From the account given I’m sure I know that kitten. It had to be Sir Lapalot of the Knights That Say “Rowr.” Those anti-war PETA hypocrites will pay, big time.

Posted by: ForNow at March 16, 2004 at 07:35 AM

Sorry, typo, that was supposed to be “Sir Lostalot.”

Posted by: ForNow at March 16, 2004 at 07:42 AM

Ah hell, I'm sorry I missed this mass demonstration. I wanted to join them and protest the war in Vietnam. I missed my chance 33 years ago.....I was to busy fighting in Vietnam.

Posted by: Wallace at March 16, 2004 at 08:43 AM

What war are they protesting?

Seriously, it's like Osama and pals lamenting the fact that Spain tossed out the Muslim invaders in the late 15th century. MOVE ON already!

Posted by: goldsmith at March 16, 2004 at 09:14 AM

As Ace of Spades notes, the Jan. 22 March for Life, with 50,000 marchers, received not a single mention from CNN. Sixty anti-war marchers, however, merits top headline status all day.

Posted by: Donnah at March 16, 2004 at 09:22 AM


More than 60 people gathered Monday in Washington for a march to the White House, calling for an end to U.S. military action in Iraq. The massive demonstration later caused a huge tie-up at a Connecticut Avenue Quiznos Subs restaurant after protesters gathered there for post-march sandwiches.

"This sucks," said Quiznos employee Tony Hilbert. "[Assistant manager Leisha Williams] only scheduled three of us for the late afternoon shift."


Posted by: iowahawk at March 16, 2004 at 10:04 AM

Wallace, I told you to get a ride home with that nice Captain Kerry. Then you could have protested to your heart's delight.

Posted by: wallace's mum at March 16, 2004 at 10:29 AM

What a strange, tough, angering, make-me-wanna-drink-a-lot-of-Bud-Lite (argh) year this is turning out to be...

Anybody else out there feeling like we should just turn the whole damn thing over to the assholes and say the hell with it? And what's up with the Greeks wanting help with security for the Olympics?! Didn't they factor that in when they begged to have the party in their house? This is bullshit. I'm pretty damn sick of US/Brit/Aussie/Spanish blood being spilt, only to be pissed on by ungrateful assholes.

Posted by: geezer at March 16, 2004 at 11:01 AM

60 to 100 people protesting this, huh? Wow. Like, I am just not with things, man. The life force is out of balance, and the entropy of the universe has stopped. Why that's almost 0.00004% of the American population. On the Adjusted Gore Electability Scale, that's practically a mandate from the working class.

Speaking of working.....I didn't check the article, but was this "two day demonstration" on a weekend? If so, think of the turn out they would have had on a weekday! The potential number of protestors under that scenario is STAGGERING!

Posted by: JeffS at March 16, 2004 at 11:45 AM

Don't these people have jobs? Or anything else to do?


Posted by: Terrye at March 16, 2004 at 01:49 PM

A run-of-the-mill Muslim martyr gets 72 virgins and there were zero virgins in the motley group.

Posted by: perfectsense at March 16, 2004 at 05:14 PM

now it's "A handful of counterprotesters". hmmmm...probably with a dog too.

Posted by: Poul at March 16, 2004 at 07:23 PM

There were more people on the highway with me on my way to work. We didn't even get a mention from the 'traffic guy' on the radio.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at March 16, 2004 at 07:31 PM

Iowahawk, your link doesn't work.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 16, 2004 at 08:36 PM

I was in Best Buy shopping for a new DVD yesterday. There were maybe sixty people in the store. Obviously, a gathering of that size merits national attention. I looked for the CNN reporter but no luck. Perhaps there was a really big turnout, in the hundreds, at Macy's...

Posted by: lyle at March 16, 2004 at 11:30 PM

Aren't these the same anti-war buffoons who were always itching to ram their morally superior schtick up our collective asses because doesn't turning out 200,000, er, 150,000, er, 100,000, er, 65,000 protestors a la San Francisco just prove that THEY ARE RIGHT AND WE ARE WRONG?!?!?!?

Posted by: Tongue Boy at March 17, 2004 at 12:04 AM

Speaking of cats, I recently went to my local town hall zoning board meeting (the legality of a cat shelter in the town was being discussed) and there were more than 60 people there to advocate keeping the shelter and saving the cats.

Why didn't CNN cover THAT? Oh, yeah, that's because those cat lovers weren't there to oppose Bush and show solidarity with the appeasers in Spain. I guess this was CNN's attempt to show the Spaniards that "many" Americans support their decision to respond to terrorist threats by giving the terrorists what they want.

Give me a break.

Posted by: Kimberly at March 17, 2004 at 03:43 AM

There are at least 60 cats in our condo complex. Should I alert CNN?

Posted by: ushie at March 17, 2004 at 04:01 AM