Hype, as in crowd estimates for the James River Assembly of God "I Love America" show, held on July 4.
Our reader writes:
So, the James River guy says 115,000 people attended the event - that's basically more than two-thirds the population of Springfield and some 45,000 more than attended Firefall.
The event is on two acres. There are 43,560 square feet in an acre, or 87,120 total.
Now, my math ain't the best for sure, but ragged computation leads to about 3/4 of one square foot per person, right? Hardly enough room for some of the large Americans who attend that sort of thing to sit their butts on the ground.
Why doesn't anyone in the media apply any critical thinking to these numbers or ask for some substantiation??