Sunday, September 13, 2009
according to the New York Times headline. The body of the story mentions tens of thousands, and a sea of protesters. That is, I suppose, as far as the Times can get itself to go in reporting. Well, that's close. According to other reports, its millions, but what's a few zeros when politics are involved?
You know, Obama wanted to be a consequential president like Reagan. He may just get his wish. It is quite an accomplishment to revive a conservative movement that had been deemed dead by liberals and conservatives alike.
Update: Ok, there is clearly a great deal of controversy about the number of marchers and the millions number appears to be an everestimate. But as Matt Welch says (and one commentator agrees):
Big crowd. Do not believe any description that says "thousands." If there weren't at least a healthy six figures there, I will permanently revoke my head-counting license.
Of course, the key point is the consistency of how things are reported. Right next to the headline in the Times about the thousands in Washington, the headline reports thousands are rallying in Minnesota for Obama's health care plan -- but the story indicates that the White House estimated 15 thousand, which suggests the real figure is even smaller. So a hundred thousand and at most 15 thousand are reported the same way. What a shock.
Further Update: How Big Was That Crowd? Via Instapundit.