Thursday, January 22, 2009
Aerial photos and scientific studies show McClatchy's estimate of "about 2 million" at the inauguration is a crock
The excitable Obama Boosters at McClatchy estimated the crowd at Obama's inauguration at "about 2 million." However, aerial photos and scientific studies peg the actual number at closer to 800,000.
Shortly after the inauguration different organizations provided these estimates:
The Washington Post: 1.8 million
IHS Jane's: 1.271 million to 1.651 million
CNN: 1.5 million
The Associated Press: "more than 1 million"
McClatchy: "about 2 million"
But aerial photos show the crowd was nowhere near McClatchy's grossly inflated estimate, or even the smaller estimates provided by other media. One scientific study by an Arizona State University professor calculated the crowd size at 800,000. (Another photo here.) Of course, 800,000 is a large crowd but I'm not sure it's "historic" or any of the other superlatives used by the media.
It should be embarrassing that McClatchy's estimate was off by over one million. Any reason to believe this isn't part of McClatchy's campaign to hype Barack Obama?
Hat tip: Flopping Aces
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