Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are, IMHO, awesome. They are holding "opposing rallies" in the next week or two. Given that Colbert lampoons conservatives like Bill O'Reilly I can't stop laughing over the name of his rally: "Keep Fear Alive"
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Last night, the news said they estimated 60 thousand people in attendance. Now the estimate is 215 thousand.
I was going to post that 60 thousand seems too low. Huffington Post had about 250 buses/10,000 people from NYC alone. I found it hard to believe that those buses were a sixth of the audience so relieved to see the more up to date numbers.
Joined: Oct 14, 2002
I heard a similar self-referencial or recursive statistic that Glenn Beck estimated 75k attendees when everyone else was saying at least 200k. So even the attendance gets a spin-job - jees.
Bert Bates wrote:I heard a similar self-referencial or recursive statistic that Glenn Beck estimated 75k attendees when everyone else was saying at least 200k. So even the attendance gets a spin-job - jees.
Yeah. The odd thing was I didn't hear the 60K figure on a conservative channel/show.
I think par tof it was that Stewart/Colbert weren't giving figures either. Of course, they get the luxury of joking about milliions.
The National Park Service, who run the Mall and provide police, permits, etc. used to give "official" estimates of attendance. But like nearly everything else in Washington, it got too political. If a march/rally had low turnout, does it mean that no one supports the cause, pro-gun, anti-matter, etc.? So the Park Service simply stopped counting, since no one was happy with their numbers.
The only real measures are the number of port-a-potties that are brought in, and how "well used" they are after. Those give statistics that you can rely upon.
At least the reporter didn't ask them to find the country of Keynsia on a map.
Joined: Feb 12, 2001
Since its become an issue, I have noticed that the racial composition of that rally was similar to the Tea Party rallies, only difference being that in this case no one in media is making an issue of it....