August 13, 2012 by Ish
I swear, if Politico spins any harder they’re going to reverse the Earth’s rotation the same way Christopher Reeve did at the end of Superman. It’s no secret that Politico is biased in favor of the President’s re-election, unlike many of my fellow conservatives I think a biased media is a net positive, but what I love about this particular piece of reporting is how far Jennifer Epstein feels she needs to reach to sound like she’s making an objective rebuttal, but is clearly spinning as fast as she can:
Republicans quickly jumped on a report that President Obama’s largest fundraiser here Sunday was only “half full,” but the crowd for the event was larger than the Obama campaign had initially anticipated.
So, she’s admitting it was the President’s largest fundraiser. She concludes her article by pointing out that the back-half of the large room was left empty by design, the crowd was densely packed to get close to the stage, and that the event was sold out. All perfectly fair rebuttals to the “half full” claim. But let’s pay attention to this bit:
But the crowd for the afternoon fundraiser at the Bridgeport Art Center totaled 1,000, an Obama campaign official said – more than the 850-person estimate the campaign offered earlier in the weekend.
President Obama’s largest fundraiser in his hometown of Chicago was only expected to draw 850 people? “But we got 1,000!” That’s simply adorable. Seriously, the Obama for America campaign’s largest fundraiser over the weekend wasn’t expected to break the seating capacity at my local, suburban multiplex? The rejoinder is to point out that, “No really, we managed to fill the multiplex AND the Mexican take-out joint across the parking lot!” The Politico doth protest too much, methinks.