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Media Reports "Hundreds" or "Thousands" of Protesters

Posted By on October 8, 2010, 6:06 AM

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So how many people actually showed up to Eric Ethington's Thursday-evening demonstration at the LDS Church Office Building?


Church-owned KSL lowballed the number at "a little more than 600, and peaceful."

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On the other hand, Fox 13 reported the organizers' figure of "4,500 people dressed in black."

All things being equal, we could reasonably estimate the actual figure as 2,550 -- the arithmetic mean (600 4,500) / 2.

However, all things are not equal. I've found from past experience that KSL tends to underestimate numbers of participants involved in gay events.

Many years ago, while writing a Pride Festival wrap-up, I noticed The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News had reported attendance figures for the event in the neighborhood of 7,000. KSL reported a number significantly lower (if I recall correctly, around 1,200).

I was curious about the discrepancy, so I called up the KSL news director, who became defensive and ended up telling me it was "like counting jellybeans in a jar."

I couldn't disagree with him ... particularly when those jellybeans are so brightly colored and fruity-flavored.

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