If 5 people turn up, say so. If there are 50 there, say so. But why turn a few dozen into “hundreds” and a few hundred into “thousands”?
Why is it that newspapers and TV are generally assisting the protesters in making it appear as if the protest is much more successful than it was?
One of the Whaleoil Ground Crew reports in
In this NZ Herald article, titled “Thousands protest TPPA in downtown Auckland”, the body of the text reports starts with “Several thousand protesters converged on downtown Auckland this afternoon to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.”
Then two paragraphs later states, “Crowd estimates from local organisers were: 1,000 in Auckland, 400 in Wellington, 200 in Hamilton and Nelson, 125 in Whangarei, 100 each in Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch and Dunedin, 80 in Palmerston North and New Plymouth, and 30 in Invercargill.”
So the organisers themselves say that there were only a 1000, not “Thousands” as the Herald claims.
But what is more, I was in one of the apartments on the corner of Queen and Customs street.
The protesters came down Queen street and turned right on Customs street.
There they stopped a way down and I took three photos of the whole protest gathered where they stopped. Read more »