Shame on the Rapid City Journal and reporter Mary Garrigan. Before the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Organization visited South Dakota, the paper ran this article by Ms. Garrigan, claiming that 3,000 (that's right, three thousand) people would show up for the event.
I emailed and phoned Ms. Garrigan, only to discover that she went on a long weekend while the Presiding Bishop was in SD. In other words, she and her paper ran an article and didn't bother to check or follow up on numbers and info given to them by Episcopal publicity folks.
Now, we find that attendance was much less - in the "hundreds" - and this included out-of-state Episcopal reps brought in for the event.
Shame also on the Sioux Falls Argus Leader (many locals call it the "Argus Liar" and one local radio host calls it "the newspaper whose name we do not speak"). The Argus declined to accept questions or press releases from the American Anglican Council/South Dakota Chapter, which contested some of the Presiding Bishop's propaganda and also raised questions about her lawsuits against Christians around the country.