Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Zero Hedge - WaPo Quietly Deletes Branson's Venezuela Concert From Article After 'Fake' Attendance Figures Exposed

Richard Branson was hoping to get 250,000 people attending his concert, and the Washington Post said that 200,000 people had turned up, but Google Earth photographs show that only 20,000 people were there. I guess that was a few rich kids.

The Washington Post has stealth-edited all mention of Richard Branson's Venezuela aid concert in Cucuta, Colombia, after the paper originally claimed that the event "drew a crowd of more than 200,000 people Friday." 

A Saturday analysis by Moon of Alabama revealed that WaPo's 200,000 figure was Fake News. 
"200,000 people?" asks MOA.
The stage was build at the top right across both roadways with its front towards the southwest. There was room for a few hundred VIP and reporters right in front of it. The field where the plebs were kept away lies between the north to south treeline at the right and the north to south ditch with the two single trees. According to the Google map scale the field's northern edge is some 125 meters wide. The crowd was standing at the northern end of the field at a depth of about 50 meters. The density of the static crowd was low to medium with on average 2 to 3 people per square meter.
125m * 50m = 6,250 m2 * 2.5 people/m2 = 15,625 people
One may generously add a count of one or two thousand for the people mingling around in the back of the public area. In total there may have been up to 18,000, but certainly no more than 20,000 people at the concert. -Moon of Alabama 
In short, Fake News.  


Konrad said...

In the first photo above, the sound stage is at upper right. It is the structure that is yellow in front. That stage is separated from the main crowd by 100+ yards. Closer to the stage is an area for VIPs.

Evidently this is how Richard Branson thinks concerts should be laid out. VIPs are near the stage, while everyone else is corralled far away. The main group consisted of people from Cucuta Colombia who had nothing better to do that day.

This was a “Live Aid” concert, which is like a telethon. While the concert is going, people are supposed to call in and pledge money. Branson was hoping to raise $100 billion for the US regime change project, but it is unlikely he raised even a penny.

Many people are now saying they will boycott Virgin Group Ltd., which has a stake in about 400 companies, most of which have the word “Virgin” in their titles.

Richard Branson is a multi-billionaire. One wonders why he couldn’t just give $100 million for regime change in Venezuela. One also wonders why Branson felt the need to raise any money at all, since the US government can create infinite money out of thin air.

Konrad said...

Correction: Branson was hoping to raise $100 million. Not billion.