Alternative facts: How does one count inauguration viewers?

The lame-stream media simply doesn’t get it. They are looking for some reason to show that their knight in shining armor (Barack Hussein Obama) is relevant and Donald J. Trump – the black knight – is not. They purposely tried to insult President Trump on his first day as president by publicizing that Barack Obama had more well-wishers at his inauguration. Not that it mattered one iota, but when challenged, they focused on one phrase out the the tens of thousands of words on the issue: alternative fact. Here is some free advice from Albert Einstein.

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

Albert Einstein

President Trump is confounding them because they are comfortable with “insider elites” and don’t know how to deal with revolutionary outsiders. Again, Professor Einstein offers sage advice.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

The so-called “main stream” media (MSM) draws it members from schools of journalism and communication. The media outlets that hire these individuals are especially fond of hiring from “elite” schools. (The word “elite” is also very important to them.) These schools are bastions of liberal thought and will not countenance conservative thinkers – even invited conservative thinkers are cancelled more often than not. Is it any wonder that reporters that consider themselves “the main stream media” are biased? Again, the great professor enlightens us.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein

The inauguration of the President of the United States is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term of a US president. This ceremony takes place for each new presidential term, even if the president is continuing in office for a second term. Since 1937, it has taken place on January 20. The term of a president commences at noon (ET) on that day when the Chief Justice administers the oath to the president. Therefore, the “crowd” requirement to become president equals one person – The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Before you analyze the excellent data set below, a key question is does it even matter? Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States of America on January 20th, 2017. The required one person necessary for this to happen was present and accounted for.

A reader, Harvey Poppel, has done some excellent research and calculations regarding “alternative facts” relating to the recent inaugural (reproduced with his permission). The MSM have been falling all over themselves because, in their opinion, “alternative facts” are not facts. That ranks as one of the most idiotic statements I have ever heard. There are always alternative facts. That is why we have trial by jury instead of declarations from the judge or prosecutor.

From Mr. Poppel: The MSM has enjoyed mocking Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer for various statements each has made about the relative size of Trump’s inauguration-day audience. But the “alternative facts” show more people viewed this inauguration than Obama’s in 2009.

Although the dataset for streaming video is admittedly incomplete, when one considers the relative infancy of streaming video in 2009 (e.g. Twitter had less than 10% of its current level of subscription as late as 2010), it’s quite safe to assume that Spicer’s assertions and Kellyanne’s alternative facts easily carry the argument.

“Alternative Facts” – Inaugurations Obama 1st Inaugural Trump
Measured in Millions Millions
Live 0.8-1.8 N.A. (doesn’t matter when you tally the following
Conventional TV 38 31
Akamai-MTV, NBC, CBC, Fed Agencies 0.6 4.5
Twitter PBS 0 6.8
YouTube – NBC/News, CBS, Others N.A. N.A.
Facebook – ABC, FNC, NYT, Others N.A. N.A.*
CNN Peak Streaming Viewership 1.3 2.3
*60 million posted Trump inauguration day comments on Facebook

As you can see, it depends how you count and what you count. If NO ONE showed up to see Mr. Trump’s inaugural on the Washington Mall, he would still have had more “viewers” than Barack Obama (44.7 million compared to 41.7 million) and that doesn’t count the 60 million comments on Facebook.

Roy Filly


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