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Brit Hume Calls BS on Trump and Obama Inauguration Pics–Claims There’s a Deceptive Trick to Photos

There has been a media war between the size of Obama’s and Trump’s Inauguration Day crowds.

The size of the crowds is being disputed as a flashpoint between the Democratic Party and the Trump administration.

“I have a running war with the media,” Trump said, adding how he really feels, “They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth.”

A viral image put out by the New York Times, and adopted by much of the media, has been utilized by his opposition to show that Trump’s crowd was significantly smaller than former President Obama’s in 2009.

A number of things should be noted about these images, just for a matter of context:

  • There are white tarps on the grounds of the Washington mall in the 2017 Trump Inauguration photo (right), while there none in the Obama photo (left).
  • The weather for the Obama Inaugural Address was in the 20s, while Trump’s address had weather in the 40s and scattered rain showers.
  • The Trump Inaugural Address was given while the areas of the mall were blocked off by officials for stated security concerns, such as protesters.
  • Due to the cloudy skies seen in the photo, there will likely be no conclusive satellite data for the Trump Inaugural Address.

According to 2009 address analysis, drawing from satellite data evaluated by crowd size analysts, former President Obama drew a record 1.8 million to the Washington mall. It was a historic event in the sense that no African American had been elected president before; this alone would draw numerous loyal crowds.

Politifact, in a piece blasting the Trump administration for a “pants on fire” lie, provided the following estimates:


A proxy comparison of the Obama and Trump Inaugural Addresses is the metro traffic for that day. CNN reported the estimate given by the Washington transit authority, or WMATA, that 193,000 trips had been taken as of 11 a.m. in 2009, while some 513,000 trips had been taken as of the same time on Inauguration Day 2017.

Further analysis provided by WaPo, and given by the WMATA, estimated that there a total of 571,000 metro riders this year, while there were 782,000 riders in 2009.

In terms of general public interest in seeing the event, one potential rough gauge is TV viewership. TVLine provided a ratings overview:

Friday’s coverage of Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States amassed 30.6 million total viewers, Nielsen reports.

That tally — which accounts for live coverage from approximately 10 am to 6 pm ET, across ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Galavision, HLN and MSNBC — falls 19 percent below the audience for Barack Obama’s own first swearing-in (37.8 million), on Jan. 20, 2009, when a quarter of all households tuned in.

In D.C., Obama’s 2009 inauguration drew an in-person crowd of 1.8 million, while Trump’s… well, we quite frankly may never really know.

While Trump’s Inauguration Day address crowd will more than likely be lower than Obama’s 1.8 million record attendance, the numbers don’t suggest anything to one-fifth of the public interest in the event implied by a mean of Politifact’s estimate.

Despite the lack of certainty over the exact size of the Inauguration Day in 2017, the Trump administration has bristled at suggestions that the size was meager, and has shot back that the crowd size was actually the largest ever.

On Saturday, the New York Times reported statements from both President Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hotly disputing the media crowd estimates, while taking journalists to task for alleged deceptive practices.

As The New York Times reported of Trump’s comments:

Mr. Trump also took issue with news reports about the number of people who attended his inauguration, complaining that the news media used photographs of “an empty field” to make it seem as if his inauguration did not draw many people.

“We caught them in a beauty,” Mr. Trump said of the news media, “and I think they’re going to pay a big price.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday responded with a claim that Trump had attracted “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.” This is a claim the New York Times argued outright was “false.”

Spicer argued that the photographs were deceptively framed:

Mr. Spicer said photographs of the inaugural ceremonies were deliberately framed “to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall,” although he provided no proof of either assertion.