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Even the correction was wrong.
It’s no secret that the mainstream media has invested considerable time, energy and what little remains of their credibility in attacking every aspect of the Donald Trump presidency, but NBC took matters to yet another new low with its reporting on the weekend’s hypocritical “March for Our Lives” demonstration in the nation’s capital.
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And it presents a perfect picture of the anti-Trump media in 2018.
In a triumph of mathematical impossibility, NBC News first reported in a Twitter post Saturday that the number of march participants who were registering to vote had reached a staggering 800,000.
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The network then issued a corrective post, explaining that the 800,000 number was the total number of those participating in the Washington march — not merely those registering to vote. But that number was off by a good margin, too.
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The truth is, no one knows for sure exactly how many people were on the National Mall on Saturday, but a solid estimate comes from a northern Virginia firm called Digital Design & Imaging Services, which used aerial photos to put the crowd size at about 200,000, according to CBS News.
Crowd size is always controversial at demonstrations like Saturday’s, but the real lesson here is that NBC had to know its numbers were wrong — both times it published them.
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First of all, to get 800,000 new American voters into an event like the “March of Our Lives” demonstration would be virtually impossible. According to a Politico report from 2016, the United States had 200 million registered voters in the October before Trump’s election.
So, in a population of about 320 million, roughly two out of three Americans overall are already registered to vote. (Not all do, of course.) Considering that the kind of...
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