200,000 . . . or 20,000? Obama’s Crowd in Berlin

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“Obama Addresses 200,000 in Berlin” — thus ran the AP headline the day after Barack Obama’s much-hyped speech in front of Berlin’s Siegessäule or “Victory Column.” This 200,000 figure has quickly become the standard estimate of the crowd for Obama’s speech in both the American and the German media: so standard indeed that it is for the most part not even treated as an estimate. The estimates given by German public television ZDF actually during the event, however, were as little as one-tenth ofthat number. ZDF began its special “Obama in Berlin” coverage [German video] at 6:45 p.m. Central European […]

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