That’s Brad DeLong’s parody of the sort of “objective” journalism that treats matters of fact as if they were matters of mere opinion; he imagines that headline over a story about a claim that the Earth is flat.
Crowd estimates vary wildly for Capitol march
How many angry conservatives showed up to protest Obama’s policies? Was it 2 million? Or 60,000? It all depends on whom you ask
Lincoln understood this habit, and struggled against it:
How many legs does a lamb have, if you call the tail as a leg?
Just four. Â Calling the tail a leg doesn’t make it one.
How many angry conservaties showed up does not depend on whom you ask. Â It depends on how many angry conservatives actually showed up. Â And the actual number was clearly well south of 100,000.
Now the particular question of how many showed up doesn’t matter very much. Â But writing the story this way rewards lying. Â The most important thing for readers to learn from this incident is that the current wingnut leadership lies like a rug. Â (Glenn Beck has now further inflated the numbers, attributing a new estimate to “a university” whose name he can’t recall.)