Fuzzy Math?

Here is an article about the count of people at the inauguration:(Make sure you read to the very bottom!)

Obama's Million Ghost March

doubt it would surprise anyone here that the media would go to their
best lengths to over-estimate the number of people at Obama's
inauguration. But just how far? Try a million people.

ASU journalism professor Stephen Doig
took it to the satellite image to get an accurate count of the crowd.
His tally, after even accounting for those still in route to the event:
800,000. Now let's look at how the working Obamalists portrayed that to
the public.

Baltimore Sun: "Inaugural crowd is estimated at close to 2 million"

Boston Globe:
" The National Park Service says it will rely on a media report that
says 1.8 million people attended President Obama's inauguration."

MSNBC: "Oh, and some guy named Barack Obama. Along with millions
of regular folk, celebrities swarmed to DC to celebrate the
Inauguration." (from the same page: "Could Inauguration Crowd Reach 4

LA Times:
"Crowds surged in previously unseen numbers today for the presidential
inauguration of Barack Obama, making it seem increasingly likely that
the gathering would reach the record-setting mark of 2 million."

Here's where it gets good.

Washington Post:
"the official estimate released by the District yesterday is 1.8
million, a figure that would make the gathering the largest ever on the

Backstory on that "official estimate released by the District" that the Washington Post is writing about.

AP: "Park service spokesman David Barna said the agency did not conduct its own count. Instead, it will use a Washington Post account that said 1.8 million people gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds, National Mall and parade route, he said."

And that is especially interesting because if you follow the jump on the Washington Post story you'll find this nugget of info: "The Washington Post's analysis of the image concluded that about 1 million people
were on the Mall." And the first page of the article mentions the
parade route "was supposed to accommodate 300,000 people at its
height". Fuzzy math, a journalist staple.


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