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Politico, WSJ, and AP report Obama crowd at over 18,000; pavilion only holds 5000

Barack Obama visited Milwaukee on Saturday to rally the faithful in Wisconsin, which has turned into a potential swing state this year after Obama's fairly comfortable win by 6 points over John McCain in 2008. Reports on the event from Politico, the Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press all cited the crowd at over 18,000 people. A local report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put the crowd at 5000, plus more in bleachers and on the pavement outside.

Politico and the WSJ stated that the event was held at the Henry Maier Festival Park. The festival park is home to Summerfest, a huge, 11-stage music festival held annually in Milwaukee. The park's largest venue, Marcus Ampitheater, holds 23,000. However, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel specifically states that Obama spoke at the BMO Harris Pavilion, also in the festival park, which photo and video evidence confirms.

The problem with the crowd estimates from the media? BMO Harris Pavilion only holds 5000 people total between its seats and bleachers, and it accommodates at most another 5000 people standing in an overflow area outside. Photos and video from the event show fairly full seats and bleachers, but they do not show throngs of people standing outside in the overflow area. One video made by an amateur, local journalist even shows some empty bleacher seats. At most, 5000 is a reasonable estimate of the crowd. 18,000 is simply impossible.

So how did local media manage to report 5000+, while national media came up with 18,000, in a pavilion that seats only 5000? And which two reporters from Politico, the WSJ, or the AP deserve to get sacked for plagiarizing what in this case turned out to be false information? Or did the national reporters huddle after (or before) the event to work out what they were going to report?

Obama did get huge crowds in Wisconsin in 2008. A rally in Madison just before the November election drew a crowd of approximately 80,000 around the state capital, and that rally has the photos and video to back up such estimates. In 2012? Obama struggled to fill anything more than a 5000-seat pavilion in a larger city, while the national media covered for him to give a crowd of 18,000.

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Added: Sep-24-2012 Occurred On: Sep-22-2012
By: buzzardist
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Tags: barack, obama, milwaukee, politico, wsj, ap, media, lies, crowd, wisconsin, journal, sentinel, pavilion
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  • The good news is only two of them missed work to attend.... 47%ers

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  • yup...MSM credibility = zero!

    They have to lie.

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  • Libtard and lies. Nothing to see here.

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  • The lefty-nutters do this all the time. They exaggerate numbers of attendances. Lies are the method by which the lefty-nutters manipulate you.

    I can remember attending a communist rally here in Sydney (to get pictures) and counted around 30 police and around 26 commies in attendance. The strongly left-wing Sun-Herald reported over 1000 people in attendance!

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  • It's a miracle!

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  • It was another Wizard of Oz production with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cast as Toto.

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  • And that's why we should vote for romney.....................................

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  • Democrites are such lovely people.

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  • I can tell you from first-hand experience that 5000 is a low estimate for the crowd size. I not only attended this event, I was standing in the overflow crowd which you suggest did not exist...Empty bleacher seats? Nope, not once the event started. If there would have been empty bleacher seats I would have gladly taken them because we could not see very well from where we were standing. I cannot say whether there were as many in attendance as the newspapers suggest, but I can tell you without a More..

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  • WOW shocking...Wisconsin, extremely high union support = democratic donations

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  • lmmfao,..all these Government dependent nit wits are jumping in a pool without water,..
    they have no idea what the mandate amount is,.and they think they are going to live off the Rich,..lmmfao! not gonna happen lazy fucks!
    your gonna have to work for a living rather you like it or not,..

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  • Don't believe the hype.

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  • It's because they're using the middle surface/alleyways you dummies. Concerts have these numbers all the time. ( But not as big as Barak ).Want a little cheese with that "whine"?

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    • @mannixxx

      Ummmm...no. Read what is written. Rock concerts in other venues hold more people, and Obama in 2008 would have booked a bigger venue. This pavilion, however, seats only 5000, and it can hold up to another 5000 if people are standing. This is a dedicated concert venue, not a stadium. There is no floor seating that's been added. This concert venue has not been expanded in any way to hold more than capacity. There are not people standing in the overflow areas, and fire marshals w More..

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    • @mannixxx and once again...insert foot in mouth

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    • @Gulf Flyer right-wingnut reports..who listens to what they spew?

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    • @mannixxx I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh but he has the most listened to program on radio. Just sayin'.

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    • @TMoray1 Rush Limbaugh Ratings Drop In Several Big Markets
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/21/rush-limbaugh-ratings-drop_n_1532807.html

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