What do you think?

TheWI State Journal and other local media estimated crowd size for the Madison tea party to be in the “thousands” with Tea Partyorganizers estimating the crowd at about 5,000 people.

Americans for Tax Reformsays over 8000.

Here is a pic fromWisPolitics (and at theirFlickr page):

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Another view:
Tea party3

What do you think of those estimates given?

11 thoughts on “What do you think?

  1. I think the day rally organizers stop inflating the number of attendees is the day I start bridge shopping.

  2. Gummo says:

    If that’s 8,000 people, then the anti-war demonstrations before the Iraq War started must have been — easily — a kajillionbillion.

  3. hoppy says:

    That crowd is a few hundred – I learned this art from the police, who estimate the crowds at the rallies I attend.

  4. chuckchuck says:

    I counted a group of one hundred, which covered a fingertip. then I fingured there were about 25 fingertip fulls and add a margin of error and came up with about 3000.

  5. Robert Earle says:

    Maybe get similar pictures from the CrazyLegs Run next weekend (or from last year), and compare?

  6. Michael says:

    Funny–the ‘estimates’ are almost identical here in Baton Rouge, ranging from AP’s ‘about a thousand’ to organizer claims of around three thousand. The local paper says ‘thousands’ but hedges — they were describing the events around the country.
    In 2003 about a thousand people attended an anti-war march in New Orleans. The Pic barely covered it and I don’t recall seeing a story in the Baton Rouge paper.
    Your librul media.

  7. MapleStreet says:

    Was there any doubt the numbers were gonna be inflated? And knowing the astroturfing, I’m wondering if in some areas the number of attendees may be further inflated by having paid actors. Plus, how many of the folks were there as onlookers vs participants?
    But dumb question: How do your pictures in this article compare to the pictures of the Washington Mall for Obama’s inarguration?

  8. Sue says:

    Well, if you subtract the number of Fox anchors from any of the locations you come up with 10.

  9. Aaaargh says:

    Not too impressive…my gf went to her bank less than a block away during the protest in Madison and she wasn’t even aware that there WAS a protest until after she got back to work and I told her!

  10. The Other Sarah says:

    I think the local TV station estimated its numbers cumulatively (that is, they started counting with the first person to arrive and then counted through the last one still there).

  11. pansypoo says:

    i been to the art fair on the square. that’s few hundred at the most.

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