Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sun-Times Wrong On Crowd Estimate

The Chicago Sun-Times got it wrong. They report today that 2,500 people marched in the Loop last night. The Bench was there. They were certainly 2,500 people at one point early in the event, at the rally. But by the time they marched, there were at least 10,000 marching. (Sun-Times story) I went to a high school of 2,000 students. Our auditorium could hold all 2,000. I know what 2,000 people gathered in one place looks like, folks, and there were a hell of a lot more than 2,500 marching last night. Perhaps the Sun-Times made a typo. Perhaps they meant 25,000 instead of 2,500. Perhaps. But this would not be the first time the Sun-Times has had trouble with numbers: Chicago Sun-Times Reports Circulation Figures - With the release of these figures, ABC has notified the Chicago Sun-Times that it is no longer on censure status. There will be another rally tonight at 5:00 p.m. at Dearborn and Monroe. The Bench will there, as we were last night for the whole march. There will be no march tonight, however, just the rally. The Bench will post some rather interesting video of last night's rally and march, as well as video from tonight's rally, on Saturday, March 22. Stay tuned.