During Hillary Clinton’s latest visit to South Florida, one local media outlet – Local 10 News – reported a crowd of 30,000 in attendance. There’s just one problem: the event venue, B. George Mayer Gymnasium at Broward College, can’t hold a fraction of the reported attendance. In fact, the gymnasium wasn’t even full!
Despite Broward County being a Democratic stronghold, Clinton’s event failed to energize her base. Other outlets reported the event at 700 attendees.
Out of those who did show up for the rally, many were not even old enough to vote, nor will they be in 2016. Discovery Middle School, a public charter school, bused dozens of their students to the event. The preteens held homemade signs and were eager to talk to citizen journalists. One can only assume class time was spent making posters. Can you say early indoctrination?
The Broward GOP isn’t too upset about this, just yet. They hope they’ll get equal time with the preteens.
“It’s great to see teachers taking the initiative to engage students in their future by introducing them to presidential candidates,” said Broward GOP interim-Chairman Bob Sutton. “We look forward to teachers and students doing the same with the Republican candidates.”
While some outlets may have reported the Broward College event a smashing success for the Clinton campaign, her dwindling fan base can also be seen in her dropping poll numbers.
After pushback and traction from the article at Hypeline, Local 10 removed the phrase “entered the room to a crowd of about 30,000” leaving the sentence to say “before Clinton entered the room.” When Local 10 made the change in the article, they did not put an editor’s note that a mistake had been previously reported.
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