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By the numbers: How big was that march?

How many people marched in Milwaukee on May Day in support of immigrant rights?

Thousands, say the Journal Sentinel and its sister TV station, WTMJ.

Tens of thousands, says WITI-TV, the Fox affiliate.

Sixty thousand, says WISN-TV, the Hearst ABC station.

Sixty-five thousand, say organizers at Voces de la Frontera.

Fewer than 65,000, says WDJT-TV, the CBS station, which didn't offer its own number.

Even given the usual high-side estimate from organizers, who tend to inflate the numbers, there is a huge difference between "thousands" and 60,000 to 65,000.

To report that "thousands" marched really trivilizes the magnitude of the event. "Thousands" were reported to attend a Tea Party event in Madison, although it was probably 2,000.

If Saturday's turnout really was 60,000, that is double the original Milwaukee march of a few years ago that electrified the city and woke up a lot of politicians.  It would be the biggest in the country on Saturday, even larger than Los Angeles.

Shouldn't there be a way to find out? 



May 2, 2010 - 10:44am