So if you checked the Gazette online Thursday afternoon, you might have seen a story about the midday "tea party" rally at Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. That story, under the byline of political writer Tom Roeder, led by referring to the "crowd estimated at as many as 2,000" in the park.
And the online headline boldly stated: "Tea Party rally draws 2,000"
We beg to differ. Big time.
Perhaps Mr. Roeder, or his "source" for the estimate, was counting arms and legs. Certainly not people.
Indy senior graphic designer Sally Piette also happened to check out the rally, demonstration or whatever it was. She took many photos as well, some of which already have been posted here in an earlier blog item.
Some of her photos, taken between 12:30 and 1 p.m., showed a distant view of the crowd, which was in the bandstand area. In Sally's words, the tea partiers were clustered around that corner of the park and "barely reached Uncle Wilber," the nearby fountain. From her description, it sounds more like 500 to 750 people were there.
Let's put it this way: 2,000 people would have filled most of the park. But the photos clearly show, large areas of the park were empty.
This appears to follow the pattern of other such events involving tea partiers, with the crowd numbers wildly exaggerated.