On Sunday's GMA, Weir spun that the protesters were "rail[ing]" against higher taxes, government run health care and spending. Reporter Yunji de Nies highlighted a marcher who labeled Barack Obama a "communist." She then pounced, "Do you really believe the President is a communist?" Right after this exchange, de Nies told viewers that those rallying "insist they're not extremists."
However, ABC should be credited for mentioning on Saturday that President George W. Bush received some harsh protests during his two terms in office. De Nies noted that many such protests came "from the left" and then featured video of a liberal rally and this chant: "Who are the terrorists? The Bush regime!"
GMA's Kate Snow interviewed Senator Jim DeMint on Saturday, a speaker at the rally. She quizzically asked, "Help us understand the sentiment in South Carolina, in your state. Is it anger? Is it resentment of the President?" The co-host then followed up with this query, hinting at racism as a true motive:
KATE SNOW: Talk more, though, about Representative Wilson's outburst the other night. The White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said afterwards, that no other President has ever been treated that way, in that kind of forum. How do you interpret Emanuel's comment? Was he implying that only an African-American President would be treated this way?
Costello speculated that as many as "hundreds of thousands" could be the total number for the rally: "Park police estimate the crowd at tens of thousands, our own people think hundreds of thousands of people were here to have a voice or to express their voice to Capitol Hill."
On Saturday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Nancy Cordes followed the lead of ABC and NBC and pointed out the few extreme signs that could be seen at the march:
NANCY CORDES: Homemade signs accused Mr. Obama of socialism, communism, and worse.Saturday's Early Show managed to find no time to mention the march, even though it was just hours away at that point.
[ON-SCREEN: SIGN WITH SWASTIKA, SIGN SHOWING OBAMA AS CHE, SIGN WITH OBAMA AS HILTER]
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN A: I think his agenda is to actually destroy this country.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN B: I've met several people from Russia here today, and they're frightened.
-Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center.