Michelle Malkin on The O’Reilly Factor, September 10, 2007:
Watch on Saturday. The counter-protesters [GoE] to the ANSWER rally, there will be thousands of them. .
Michelle Malkin on September 15, 2007:
It’s difficult to make any crowd estimates at this point. The Eagles were spread all along the protest/counterprotest route. From our vantage point, the Eagles were several thousand strong.
She hasn’t mentioned crowd estimates since that post. I wonder why.
From The Washington Post:
The demonstrators were immediately confronted by several hundred counter-protesters, who came to the Mall to demand that politicians see the war through to victory.
About 13 blocks away, nearly 1,000 counterprotesters gathered near the Washington Monument, frequently erupting in chants of “U-S-A” and waving American flags.
Yeah, I know both sides tend to inflate their turnout numbers. ANSWER organizers are saying that 100,000 anti-war protesters turned out, but most of the articles I’ve read are reporting just “thousands” or “tens of thousands”. Even if only 10,000 showed up (the projected attendance figure on ANSWER’s crowd permit application) they still outnumbered the counter-protesters by at least 10 to 1.
Michelle Malkin is complaining about ANSWER’s estimate of 100,000.
There were certainly more of them compared to the March protest, but there’s no way there were 100,000. Knock off a zero and you’re getting closer to reality.)
But Malkin, if you’ll recall after the last GoE gathering in March, was crowing that GoE turnout was “30,000 strong”, although newspaper accounts at the time put the figure at “several hundred”. She even attributed the 30,000 estimate to the National Parks Service.
A spokesman for NPS swiftly contradicted her.
I am the spokesperson for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. I never issued any statement of any kind about anything related to this past weekend’s events, let alone anything about crowd size. In fact, I was never asked that question by anyone.
Anyone who gives any crowd size number or figure for this past weekend is making the figure up and does not have any authorization whatsoever to attribute those figures to the National Park Service.
Communications & Tourism Officer
National Park Service
National Capital Region
March 19, 2007