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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:53 PM

12. That is NOT 400,000

Based on the pictures I've seen, turnout was no where close to 400,000.

Their stage is a ways up the mall from the Capital building. The crowd looks to be petering out by the Smithsonian castle. It looks very mall centric, ie: not many people in the streets to either side.

Most of the pictures are from a low angle, a technique used to hide lack of attendance. Pictures from a higher angle reveal the thinness of a crowd.

I've attended both liberal and conservative events on the mall. Coverage tends to be biased to minimize liberal turnouts and maximize conservative turnouts. For example, one I attended prior to the commencement of the Iraq war had about twice the turnout of what is pictured here. The stage for that event was only one street from the Capital grounds, extended back to the castle, and pushed well into the streets on either side, before you ever considered the continuous line of marchers starting on the north capital grounds, down the mall, around the ellipse, back up the south side of the mall and ending in the growing crowd. It was estimated by coverage to have been 'tens of thousands.'

In my estimate, the Iraq war event was about 200,000, and this March for Life was in the "tens of thousands."

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