|Screenshot from today's Express and Star|
Whatever you think of Pegida, the grass-roots European movement set up to protest peacefully against the Islamisation of Europe, you would expect the media to simply report accurately on its activities - such as the march that took place yesterday at a trading estate on the outskirts of Birmingham. Given the enormous media publicity beforehand, and the number of reporters on the scene, it should not have been too hard to simply report an accurate estimate of the number of people who marched
But it seems that the media's desperation to suppress stories about Muslim refugee violence and rape in Europe is matched by its determination to underestimate the popular anger of ordinary Europeans.
The media were unanimous in their reports that there was a very low turn-out - "between 100 and 200 'right wing' marchers".
Organiser Tommy Robinson tweeted:
Tommy Robinson @TRobinsonNewEra Think how many the media said were there yesterday then watch this https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y8PxBzHCrD4 …
I watched the video. You do not have to be particularly numerate to see that the video shows unequivocally that there are many times more people on that march than what the media said (I counted at least 220 distinct placards being held up and about one in every 5 or 8 people is holding a placard, making an estimate of well over 1000 people). Yet here is what was reported:
- BBC: "The BBC's religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt said fewer than 200 people turned up"
- Birmingham Mail: "Up to 200 supporters of the controversial Pegida organisation joined a march to a remote Birmingham business park today....A police spokesman tweeted: “Around 150 Pegida protesters mustered at Birmingham International train station ahead of rally. Police managing crowd of 60 counter protesters.”
- Sky News: "Two hundred demonstrators march through city" (and note it was not through the city!)
- The Guardian: "Low turnout as 200 protesters gather at industrial estate as similar rallies take place across Europe"
It is clearly not just Israel that the entire main stream media lies about and it is getting increasingly easy to see through the lies.
Update: I have submitted a formal complaint to the BBC about their report:
Complaint Summary: Understating numbers at Pegida march
Nature of Complaint: Factual error or inaccuracy
UPDATE: BBC's unbelievable response
Full Complaint: The article referring to the Pegida march in Birmingham on 6 Feb was clearly trying to downplay the groundswell of concern against Islamic immigration to Europe, and included the statement: "The BBC's religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt said fewer than 200 people turned up". In fact this is demonstrably a lie. As can clearly be seen from the video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y8PxBzHCrD4 there are many times more people on that march than 200. You can clearly see at least 220 distinct placards being held up and about one in every 5 or 8 people is holding a placard, making an estimate of well over 1000 people.
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