Fake Popularity Contests

When a news piece portrays a Big Government Program as being popular - when it's not - we call this a Fake Popularity Contest BIGGIB.

It can take the form of overstating crowd estimates of Big Government supporters and minimizing the size of a crowd opposing Big Government.

It can also involve simply asserting that a Big Government program is "popular" - when it's only popular among the special interests who benefit from the program. It may have no appreciable support among the general population.

Example

Films of the first, much-ballyhooed "Million Moms March" event in Washington D.C. revealed that only about 170,000 people were in attendance. Even fewer were actually moms.