|The aerial photo taken at noon January 20, 2017|
After lots of back and forth about crowd sizes comparing the Trump and Obama inaugurations, Reuters editor Jim Bourg puts the issue to rest.
Most of the discussions about the crowds was based on side by side photos of the two events taken at the same time 8 years apart.
Both photos were snapped at the exact moment the new presidents took the oath of office. Thus, the comparisons are fair.
From Mr. Bourg via Facebook:
I am seeing a lot of inaccurate talk and allegations online about the crowd photos from Friday's Trump inauguration that are simply not borne out by the FACTS. Now I see my own friends reposting this disinformation on Facebook.
Only one news organization had a still photographer atop the Washington monument for the inauguration and I assigned him to be there. This photo by Reuters News Pictures staff photographer Lucas Jackson was taken at 12:01:18 p.m. on Friday and not much earlier as many people are trying to claim.