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Sean Hannity Inflates Atlanta Tea Party Attendance

Reported by Ellen - May 21, 2009 -

Sean Hannity proved once again that his Misinformer of the Year award was well-deserved. On last night's (5/20/09) Hannity, he announced (at about 1 minute into the video after the jump) that 20,000 people attended the Atlanta tea party last month. In fact, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hannity's and Fox News' own estimates were 15,000 – 20,000 (so Hannity's declaration of 20,000 took the most optimistic estimate as truth). The Georgia Department of Public Safety estimated the crowd to be 15,000. But the Journal-Constitution did the math. They measured the square footage involved, calculated how many people could fit into it and concluded that the attendance was more likely 6,500 – 7,500. (H/T Sean Cotton for the AJC article)