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Media Shows Double-Standard in Reporting Crowd Sizes

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017, crowd size has been a favorite recurring news story within the mainstream media. One media organization claims [1] the president is obsessed with crowd size due to his tweets regarding the “sold out” MAGA rally venues all over the country, including one of his latest stops in New Hampshire.

Trump’s claim that he shattered Elton John’s record attendance in Manchester, New Hampshire is true, according to [2] CNN. The Manchester Fire Marshal’s Office counted [3] 11,500 people entering the building, towering over the 2004 record by 200 people.

Seldom do news organizations cover the president’s high attendance such as on September 9, when Trump took the stage in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to rally his base in supporting State Sen. Dan Bishop for U.S. Congress.

Heavy.com reported [4] Trump was able to pack the Fayetteville Expo Center, with roughly 5,500 individuals and thousands more standing outside [5] watching on monitors.

There has not been one media organization, mainstream or regional, that covered one of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) latest rally’s in Iowa. The presidential contender looking to take on Trump in 2020 lacked a crowd which was caught on Twitter by Emma Kinery of Bloomberg Business News.

The presidential hopeful eventually retained a slight increase of attendees at his second University of Iowa stop of his College Campus Tailgate tour according to Kinery [8].

However, like Trump, Sanders is also one to boast on Twitter regarding crowd size at his events. For instance, in March earlier this year, Sanders took to Twitter [9] with pictures to thank “13,000 people who came to Brooklyn yesterday to officially launch our campaign…”