I can see the LGF headline now…

Posted: September 17, 2009 by datechguy in fun, opinion/news
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…Glenn Reynolds links false conspiracy theory suggesting 500k plus people at 9/12 march:

What can we take away from this exercise? Here are the main points:

* The estimate widely used in the legacy media is not from an authoritative source, and it isn’t even consistent with itself: “full back to 3rd Street” is around 250,000 by Park Sevice methods, not a quarter of that.
* Many estimates, using different assumptions and different methods, arrived at numbers well into the hundreds of thousands.
* This is clearly consistent with the panoramic photo that we can source reliably.
* With everything above, and with several more estimates, I don’t think there is a plausible argument for any total attendance figure much less that 500,000 to 600,000. That is, nearly ten times the reported attendance.

How much does this matter? It’s hard to say. It might be that a precise number isn’t needed, and at any rate it may not be possible to get a good one. What we can say is that the number being reported is wildly wrong. Wildly too small.In any case, the number that will really matter is the count at the polls in 2010 and 2012. Given this, I’d say that any politicians who hope to retain their jobs better look very carefully at that panoramic photo — and remember.

Sounds like a Glenn Beck fan to me, if only he based his posts on more credible sources, such as Press releases from Color of Change or Acorn.

Update fixed the block quote and added the fun catagory, I’m going to be laughing a lot today.

Update 2: I have it! He’s a 9/12 crowd truther!

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