Sunday, July 09, 2006

Our Math-Impaired Media

New York Times:
MEXICO CITY, July 8 — While the announced winner of last Sunday's presidential election, Felipe Calderón, kept a low profile on Saturday, his leftist rival led a rally of at least 150,000 people, charged the polling had been marred by fraud and suggested there would be civil unrest without a vote-by-vote recount.
Washington Post:
On Saturday, he gave a mega-display of street power, drawing an estimated 280,000 people into the city center on a humid, drizzly afternoon, according to a Mexico City government estimate.
Los Angeles Times:
MEXICO CITY — About a quarter of a million people chanting "Fraud! Fraud!" jammed Mexico City's central square Saturday to back leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's bid to overturn his narrow electoral defeat with court appeals and mass marches.
Miami Herald:
At least 100,000 angry and vocal supporters had streamed into the square by midafternoon Saturday, some carrying signs that read, ''This is just the beginning'' and ''Vote by Vote,'' a reference to the candidate's demand for a complete recount of every single vote cast."
Houston Chronicle:
MEXICO CITY - At the behest of leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, nearly 300,000 people packed the Mexican capital's sprawling central plaza Saturday, demanding a recount of the July 2 election that official results show he barely lost.
San Francisco Chronicle:
More than 100,000 of his supporters chanted "Fraud! Fraud! Fraud!" and waved the yellow flags of their Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD.
Boston Globe:
Local security officials estimated the crowd at 280,000.
And our favorite, proving the media can't even compute the media........

The Dallas Morning News:
MEXICO CITY – Tens of thousands of people jammed the city's main square Saturday in support of losing presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who called for people from around the country to converge on Mexico City in a massive "national march for democracy."

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The city's Department of Public Safety estimated the turnout at 290,000 people. Media reports put it at 150,000.
Is it any wonder there is confusion over who really won the presidential elections of 2006 ... 2004 .... 2000?

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