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Media Incorrectly Parrots “March For Our Lives” Organizers’ Crowd Estimate

Media Incorrectly Parrots “March For Our Lives” Organizers’ Crowd Estimate

They’re off by about 600,000

After anticipating a crowd of 500k, March for Our Lives organizers reported attendance estimated at between 800,000 and 850,000 thousand.  The media gobbled this up and headlines splashed with variations on “Largest crowd EVAH” flooded the internet.

The problem?  The real estimate, provided by an independent company, is 200,000, give or take two or three thousand.

CBS News reports:

More than 200,000 people attended the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C. on Saturday, according to Digital Design & Imaging Service Inc (DDIS). The Virginia-based firm uses a proprietary method for calculating crowd size using aerial photos.

The peak crowd size was 202,796 people, with a margin of error of 15 percent, the firm said. The crowd reached its largest size at 1 p.m., according to the company’s estimates.

The organizers put the total number of attendees at closer to 800,000. The largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history was the 2017 Women’s March, with a crowd size of 440,000 people, according to DDIS’ estimates.

That didn’t stop many media outlets from hyping the organizers’ much higher estimate.

The march’s organizers issued a press release hailing their march:  “‘March For Our Lives’ Rally In Washington, D.C. Said To Be Largest Ever In Capital’s History.”

Exceeding expectations, a huge throng of peaceful but passionate demonstrators filled the streets around the U.S. Capitol for today’s March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Addressed by teenage speakers from around the country who have been affected by gun violence, attendees rallied to demand legislative action.

While Washington, D.C. authorities have yet to give an official estimate, reports published by major news organizations put the crowd size at 850,000 people, which would make it the largest demonstration in the capital’s history.

The reports published by major news organizations touting this figure (or the 800k figure) all cite March for Our Lives as the source of the estimate.

USA Today’s headline blares: “March for Our Lives could be the biggest single-day protest in D.C.’s history.”  The article, however, cites the march’s organizers.

March for Our Lives organizers estimate 800,000 protesters attended the gun-control demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

If they’re correct, the event would be the largest single-day protest in the history of the nation’s capital.

The Sun Sentinel notes its source right in the headline:  “About 800,000 converged on Washington, D.C., for March for Our Lives rally, organizers say.”

Teen Vogue does the same:  “March for Our Lives Organizers Estimate 800,000 People Attended the D.C. Rally.”

To be fair, both CBS (quoted above) and the Hill have reported the accurate numbers.

A Sunday estimate of the crowd at the “March for Our Lives” rally for gun control in Washington, D.C., on Saturday was much smaller than the crowd estimated by organizers.

Digital Design & Imaging Service Inc. estimated around 200,000 people attended the rally, CBS News reported. Organizers on Saturday estimated 800,000.

Washington, D.C., metropolitan police have yet to release their own estimates.

The respected imaging firm uses balloons to fly cameras over events in order to estimate crowd size. The service said there was a margin of error of 15 percent for their estimation. The crowd size was largest at 1 p.m., the company said.

It is clear that the march was attended by an impressive number of people.

It is also clear why the march’s organizers would want to inflate the numbers. Every march’s organizers seem to do this going back to the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan‘s 1995 “Million Man March.”

What is not clear is why some media outlets feel the need to inflate the actual (and again, impressive) numbers and tout it as (possibly) the “Largest crowd EVAH.”


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Don’t forget that “Maths is raycist”.
So when they say 800,000 you better shut up if you don’t want to be labeled.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Exiliado. | March 25, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    The BS comment you put in quotes labels you.

    BTW, did you fail to notice that the kids that started this are white?

      “Maths is raycist” would label him an idiot if he actually meant it. But there are people who do mean it. And most of them are probably white too. And that’s called “racism” because they believe that black people can’t do math because they’re black, not because they come from broken homes, are unprepared for school by parents, or live in shithole Democrat- and union-run cities which have allowed the schools to deteriorate.

      Have you failed to notice that Hoggboy is now channeling his inner blackness with his lunatic rantings?

      Oh LOOK. It’s yellow-troll.

      You’re STILL not tired of being an ass yet, I see.

      This is Astroturf(TM) in the worst way, using poorly prepared, indoctrinated children to say “guns are bad” to make people feel sorry for them. Because “it’s for the CHILDREN.”

      It is SICKENING to watch the anti-2nd-amendment crowd USING these children. Mark my words. Within 45 days, the Progressives using these children will DISCARD them like broken toys.

      EVERY single childed in these marches should be DEMANDING that their schools allow the teachers to be armed if the teachers so choose.

      If the school “resource officer” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High hadn’t been a coward, he would have ended this shooting spree in the first 60 seconds. Instead, he decided that his cushy payments and personal safety was worth more than the lives of the 18 people that died because he did not act (his BS disproved reason given for not going in notwithstanding).

      The kids didn’t start it, they are the puppets dancing on the strings of organizations like Bloomberg’s, Brady, Giffords, Planned Parenthood, Think Progress, OFA, etc.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | March 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      What group has the highest per capita of grifters, aka multi generational welfare queens and also the highest crime rates?

      Personally, I think we need to cut off all the gravy, dispense packages of seeds, and make them sink or swim on their own. The first winter would probably result in a 90% population reduction.

      I am thoroughly fed up with losers demanding the rest of us to pay their way.

Don’t forget to subtract all the armed security that event organizers brought in.

Who cares?

why don’t the organizers just say that they were sure it was 90 gazillion people there? What does it matter?

    murkyv in reply to Tom Servo. | March 25, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    97% of all Americans agree with the science of the march organizers

    Yellowstain does a Hillary nod in agreement

The absolute best thing Trump could do right now is Tweet that 800k is the accurate number, and he’s so proud that so many young people took place in this demonstration.

The Left would tear itself to pieces.

What we knew before this “march” got underway.

(1) The social media, the mass media, the entertainment media, the international media would all widely inflate the interest in it, the crowd approval and good-people-agree approval of it, and the size of it. (And on the size it is surprising that that quad-boosted numbers of eight hundred thousand are BELOW a million. Perhaps real-time reporting truth via smart phone and imaging technology are wilting the crown amplification factor that can be employed.)

(2) Heroes would be made, out of puffery!

(3) Piles of rubbish would be left behind. No effort by the marchers or clean up after themselves.

(4) The March would be headlines for days and weeks (oops … one Stormy Daniel tornado approaches to wipe the headlines clean. Bad timing for them. Ha ha ha!)

    DINORightMarie in reply to bvw. | March 25, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    We also knew that these students almost immediately were contacted by the leftist-social justice activist groups to “help” them “organize” – as in, they did it all, got the busses going, etc. All the kids had to do was rehearse the speeches they “helped” them “craft.”

    Yeah. Astroturf, using indoctrinated children to try to jerk at our hearts.

    Disgusting–and we knew that beforehand, too!

      franker in reply to DINORightMarie. | March 25, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      We have a very large extended family in a rural/suburban area and we are about as Conservative as you can get.

      A niece who is a HS Student and a very bright girl organized one of those 17 minute marches a while ago and got some level of notoriety although the family thought she may have gone momentarily brain dead.

      I have not heard if she has gone Hogg Wild yet – she is a smart girl and I would think not.

      Her cousin – my daughter – is a strong Conservative and just rolls her eyes


      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to DINORightMarie. | March 25, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      The Koch Bros provided aid and comfort for the teabaggers. The left pointed that out. Did it matter?

      Please stay complacent. Personally, I think these kids are the nucleus of a movement that will sweep you aside. Trump won Florida by 1.2%. Hearing any footsteps?

        Yeah. We’re still reeling from that Occupy Wallstreet movement that was supposed to change the world

        Personally, I think these kids are the nucleus of a movement that will sweep you aside.

        Not a chance, yellow-troll. These kids will be forgotten before Memorial Day. Guaranteed. The Progressives that are putting them front-and-center now will have moved on to the next #resistance cause, and will leave these children to be swept away after the march with the rest of the trash.

        Yeah, I’m worried by these children. Worried that by next week they will all be back to eating Tide pods. Except maybe BossHogg and the one with the Auschwitz buzz cut. Bloomberg and Soros may pay them to be spokeschildren for the astroturf cult.

inspectorudy | March 25, 2018 at 9:15 pm

I have seen several interviews with these zombies and none of them could discuss the merits of any kind of gun control or describe what they were actually protesting. None had any idea what an “Assualt” weapon was, one kid said anything that will kill more than one person! Most are out for the fun of the march and the word US Constitution has not been mentioned. Nor has the reason why teens are not allowed to vote or buy alcohol. Most are barely able to drive at 16 yet their voice is supposed to be heard over our founding father’s voices. And of course, the Dems are playing these kids like a cheap fiddle.

In my misspent youth (after I got out of the Army) I found the anti-Vietnam protests were a great place to pick up chicks if you didn’t mind hairy armpits and a little body odor. As long as you could fake sincerity you were in.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Anchovy. | March 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Maybe the fact that you were faking it is why you only got the ones with ‘hairy armpits & BO’. You were never in.

      You OBVIOUSLY don’t understand the hippie-free-love anti-war movement chicks.

      Those were the “easy” gets if you could fake a little sincerity for a few days. Being “down with the movement” meant some private time in the tent. Not that I would know first-hand from the Vietnam era, but I knew enough of them in the late-90s.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | March 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      I was a young man during the hippy days, a time when spraying things was more popular than washing them. The good news was that most did not object to starting in a shower or stream. One lesson from that time was that there is no such thing as free sex, it turns out to be at least a twenty year mortgage if you handle the outcome responsibly (children).

      No. Faking it made them all think I was a Journalism major.

Isn’t it funny how leftist marches always have much higher counts of the people attending (later debunked, but hey, its common core maths they used, duh), while any right wing causes are always universally undercounted by thousands.

The other thing they fail to note is that not everyone going to these are for the proposed protests. There are frequently nearly the same number of counter protestors, yet they get lumped in with the numbers as if in agreement with it.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to oldgoat36. | March 25, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    The left poo-pooed the tea party. Please stay complacent.

    BTW, Still believe Trump’s inaugural crowd was larger than Obama’s?

      How many of the TEA Party movement are now in Congress compared to those from the Occupy Stinkfest?

      Oh yellow-troll. So naive. So droll. And by “droll” I mean you’re a buffoon.

      I seem to remember there was some sort of counter-movement to the Tea Partiers. What was that again … let me think …. Oh yes. Now it comes back to me. Wasn’t it the “Coffee Party USA?”

      I have so much trouble remembering it, because it was such a FAILURE, and made no impact on anyone. These anti-gun marches will have even less effect as part of the #Resistance, because they’ll be forgotten before the next major national event.

        JusticeDelivered in reply to Chuck Skinner. | March 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm

        Yellow is generally associated with Asians, and Asians have an average six point higher IQ than Caucasians, meanwhile the least accomplished group in America suffers a 15 point deficit. We see the unfortunate effects of this day in and out. We may eventually be able to fix this with genetic engineering,but that fix may well make everyone proportionately smarter. It is hard to say how this will play out.

“What is not clear is why some media outlets feel the need to inflate the actual (and again, impressive) numbers and tout it as (possibly) the “Largest crowd EVAH.”

I disagree, it’s completely clear: they are propaganda organs, and the truth doesn’t matter to them.

Having been at a few large pro-gun demonstrations, and having heard (from the PIOs’ mouths) the official police estimate of the crowd size, and then having seen that estimate (reported to the news organization on-scene) halved, this does not surprise me.

BTW, as a birder, and a fair estimator of flock sizes in the field, my on-the-ground estimates of the crowd sizes were surprisingly close to those of the police. So obviously I trusted their estimations.

These “children” are just another unrelated sub-set of the Democratic Party, being told falsely how important they are and that their home should be in the Democratic Party. It’s why Leftists want to protect criminal illegal aliens, protect radical Muslims here and abroad, and to support the total and absolute right to murder a child in utero. Women, children, illegal criminal aliens and radical muslims all get to participate in the American political process because the Democrats need the numbers in order to survive.

The Left is not about facts or truth,it’s all about the agenda at all cost’s.

Is it just me, or did that crowd seem particularly “nondiverse?”

And now we’re hearing that the school is notorious for a bullying clique and that David Hogg is prominent member of the gang that routinely harassed the school shooter.

Who knew you could get that many people to march AGAINST their Constitutional rights