There has been an enormous, brutal argument between the media and the administration about the size of Donald Trump's Inauguration crowd. The administration has pushed back on media reports that it was sparsely attended. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer leveled a full-throated attack against the press for reporting on the attendance, calling Trump's Inauguration the “most-watched” in history.
This image went viral, comparing the attendance of both Inaugurals. It has since been proven misleading, at best.
While the public may never know the true numbers, CNN has since released the most high quality image of the Inauguration to date. It is an enormous photo of the event taken from the press riser called a Gigapixel. One can zoom in on the photo with incredible detail. Look at how I can find George W. Bush, somehow staring directly into the camera in his poncho:
You can take a photo of the stage this wide...
...and zoom in on Hillary's face this close.
You can zoom in on Congresswoman Rosa Di Lauro looking miserable.
Trey Gowdy sporting his poncho to incredible effect.
And Cathy McMorris Rodgers as a Sith Lord.
But since the size of the crowd was the point of controversy, you can spin the camera the other direction.
Again, you can zoom in with incredible accuracy to find people staring intensely & playing on their phone.
But since it was the back of the audience that was in question, let's go there:
The above photo is all the way back to two blocks away from the base of the Washington Monument. That is a distance of approximately 1 mile.
Why do I care? Well here I am in the photo, doing a Facebook live stream for 10+ million of our viewers here at IJR.
From where I was standing, the event looked massive. I know people have different perspectives and certainly some in my profession do not think very highly of President Trump. But let the fact be the facts. There were many tens of thousands of people who attended Trump's Inauguration, in spite of cold, rain and riots.
The media should at the very least show them respect.
EDITORS NOTE: Twitter pointed out that the audience was not at the literal “base” of the Washington Monument, but actually two blocks ahead of the monument.