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Monday, April 20, 2009

24-hour Dorman: Crowd counts and you

Excerpted from this post at 24-hour Dorman

There's been a fair amount of grumbling from the right about how the media somehow under-counted crowds at yesterday's tea party events. ... Based on my own experience, trying to count a crowd at political events is a no-win endeavor. No matter what, someone thinks you're wrong. The one hard and fast rule is that event organizers are the last people you ever want to ask for a crowd count. Ask a campaign staffer for a crowd count at a candidate rally, and you can be assured of hearing a vastly overestimated whopper. If you divide their estimates in half, you might be in the ballpark. ... I always tried to give an honest estimate. The idea that reporters are out there trying to downplay a story they're covering makes no sense to me. If anything, I had to fight the impulse is to make my event seem like a bigger deal than it really was.

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