21 Oct 2010 NAACP Tea Party Report Fudges Figures?
“Tea Party Nationalism,” the report created by the little-known Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights that the NAACP is distributing in its latest effort to play the race card against the grassroots tea party movement, is getting a fair amount of press. The real question is how many people actually read past the first few pages.
Now it looks like they are cooking the on-line book.
At the bottom of each chapter posted at teapartynationalism.com, there is a counter to track how many times the page has been “read.” After being posted for more than 30 hours, the numbers of readers is anemic. For example, as of 4:00PM eastern time on October 21, the site says there were 11,656 views of the foreword by NAACP president Ben Jealous. The introduction drops off precipitously with only 4,911 views. Further into the report, however, the chapter on Tea Party Nation had only 468 views.
But it gets worse.
Refreshing the page makes the counter go up more than one reader — usually three!
Does that mean less than 4,000 people read the Jealous foreword? Only 156 read the Tea Party Nation chapter? Well, it would be less than that because I clicked on the refresh key a few times and substantially upped the readership in the process.
Bottom line: The NAACP is 0 for 4. They failed in their attempt to call the tea parties racist in their yet-to-be-released convention resolution from over the summer. They failed in their group effort with the Soros constellation of groups to tar the tea parties with the teapartytracker.org webs site. They had to call in 399 other radical leftist groups, including the resources of organized labor, to gather a meager crowd at the Lincoln Memorial on October 2. Now, they are apparently padding the numbers of their conspiracy-weaving report.