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Tens of Thousands Protest ObamaCare in D.C., Legacy Media Unimpressed

The Washington Post at one point reported "hundreds." Fox News, "thousands." How many protesters were really at the Capitol today?

Charlie Martin


March 20, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Tea party protesters today filled the West Lawn of the Capitol in a quickly-convened protest against the Obama administration’s health care reform bill.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Clogging the sidewalks and streets of Capitol Hill were at least hundreds — no official estimate was yet available — of loud, furious protesters, many of them tea party opponents of the health care overhaul.

Hundreds of people were clogging the sidewalks and streets of Capitol Hill? MSNBC said:

Located at the West Front of the Capitol in the grassy area below the steps, are according to two Capitol Hill Police officers [sic. Don't they teach these kids grammar these days?] between 1,500 to 2,000 Tea Party protesters.

“1,500 to 2,000″?

Fox News made it “thousands,” and the Washington Post first estimated hundreds and then stopped mentioning crowd size at all.

Yes, it’s time for another game of “Legacy media, let’s estimate that crowd.”

Long-time PJM readers may recall that we went through a similar exercise with the September 12, 2009, tea party protests in D.C. (see the articles on the 14th and 17th of September.)

So let’s apply the same methodology.

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