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About Those Tea Party Numbers (Update)

John on April 16, 2009 at 11:07 am

A local paper here in Southern California ran the following story about Tea Party protests today:

Angry taxpayers gathered across the nation Wednesday for a Tax Day Tea Party as experts wrestled over feasible alternatives to the current tax structure.

Hundreds of protesters turned up at events in Arcadia, Glendale, Chino Hills and West Covina.

In West Covina, 60 people stood outside an Applebee’s Restaurant attending a rally loosely inspired by the Boston Tea Party of 1773 and its opposition to “taxation without representation.”

But one of my co-workers attended the West Covina Tea Party. He said the entire (very large) parking lot was full of people. He estimated that the crowd was closer to 600 than it was to 60. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a camera with him. (But if anyone else who attended West Covina has pics, please contact me.)

Of course most conservatives won’t be surprised that the press is down-playing the Tea Parties. I just wanted to point out that in at least one case they aren’t just fudging the numbers a little, they’re fudging them a lot.

Update: Lurker’s Wife sends photos of the Tea Party in Santa Ana. Here’s what she says about them:

The OC Register reported 800 ppl there [link here - it says "hundreds"]. LA Times said “over 1000″. [link here and here] The Santa Ana Police alerts a horse platoon to be ready to deploy if a crowd exceeds 3500. The horse platoon did deploy — see the last photo with the horses behind [my daughter]. The horses were there the entire time, at the ready, moving around the outskirts of the area.

The photos never show the full crowd because it was “in the round” and there were always more people hanging back from the packed crowd. [My husband] held the camera up on a long tripod and shot the photos remotely. None of the photos captures a full shot of the crowd, which just kept going and going.

Photos:

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