It’s almost like the media is trying to lie to you, isn’t it? Oh wait, that’s because they are. Anyone else notice how in most of the coverage of the inauguration, the reporters brought up the claims that Trump had a “hard time” finding people to perform and other negative things? That’s for a reason. They’re so upset that Hillary lost, they can’t even cover his inauguration objectively. If they can’t cover someone as straightforward as that without spinning it, how can they ever hope to stay “unbiased?” The answer? They never will. We’re going to see this for Trump’s entire Presidency, but it’s gonna be SO worth it.
From IJ Review:
Spicer argued that the photographs were deceptively framed:
Mr. Spicer said photographs of the inaugural ceremonies were deliberately framed “to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall,” although he provided no proof of either assertion.
This was how the NY Times portrayed the crowd in a comparison shot that went viral:
There were of course various differences in the crowd attendance, as IJ Review points out.
A number of things should be noted about these images, just for a matter of context:
There are white tarps on the grounds of the Washington mall in the 2017 Trump Inauguration photo (right), while there none in the Obama photo (left).
The weather for the Obama Inaugural Address was in the 20s, while Trump’s address had weather in the 40s and scattered rain showers.
The Trump Inaugural Address was given while the areas of the mall were blocked off by officials for stated security concerns, such as protesters.
Due to the cloudy skies seen in the photo, there will likely be no conclusive satellite data for the Trump Inaugural Address.
Politifact estimated the attendance between 200,000 and 600,000.
But as IJ Review notes:
While Trump’s Inauguration Day address crowd will likely turn out to be below Obama’s 1.8 million record attendance, the proxy numbers don’t suggest anything close to one-fifth of the public interest in the event implied by a mean of Politifact’s estimate.
Veteran Fox News reporter Brit Hume, who was on the ground called out the NY Times picture for being deceptive.
He noted that the Trump picture shown was not taken during peak attendance, but prior to the area filling in with people.
Indeed pictures of the event support Hume’s point.
Pictures from IJ Review, using CNN’s Gigapixel tool:
The funniest response to the controversy was this:
That pretty much says it all…