Was the image of the One Nation crowd false?

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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The One Nation Working Together staff doesn’t think its website — which bears an image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s original 1963 March on Washington, overlaid with text thanking attendees and asking them to submit photos and stories from the group’s 10-2-10 rally  — misleads online visitors.

One Nation website staffer Aimee Castenell told The Daily Caller that because she knows the photo is from the 1963 march, she’s doesn’t think it implies anything about the One Nation rally.

“I’m not sure [if it misleads website visitors],” Castenell said in a phone interview. “It’s clear to me.”

Rally spokesperson Flo McAfee told TheDC there must have been a communication breakdown along the line, and that the website will soon update with a new photo from Saturday’s rally.*

“Unfortunately, when you have a huge operation that has a lot of volunteers, the pacing is a little slow,” McAfee said.

The reason to use the photo from the 1963 march, McAfee said, was that the One Nation staff wanted a general photo of a rally on the Mall – and that the photo has been the main image since the website launched.

“That was the signature picture from the beginning,” McAfee said.

As for an “official” crowd size, McAfee told TheDC the sponsoring organizations came out with an estimate of 175,000 people. McAfee said event organizers and crowd-size estimators didn’t, however, break down those estimates by which people came with their unions and which came on their own, or by who paid their own way and who had travel expenses covered by their union.

*One Nation has now updated its website with a picture from Saturday’s rally.