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A Huge Difference of ‘Thousands’

After The Foundry blog at the Heritage Foundation pointed out that subway ridership on the day of the 9/12 conservative protest was up by 235,000 riders over the same Saturday in 2008, it would seem that the conventional-wisdom estimate of 70,000 is a bit low. Nevertheless, Clay Waters at Times Watch found that the New York Times headline writers found it roughly equivalent to the tiny protests in Pittsburgh last week:

The Times’ print headline from the conservative rally, where the low end of crowd estimates was 70,000 and some estimates went much higher: “Thousands Attend Broad Protest of Government.”

The Times’ print headline from the left-wing/anarchist protest, in which “observers” estimated 3,000-4000: “In Pittsburgh, Thousands Stage a Peaceful March for Multiple Causes.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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