Media coverage has blown anti-lockdown protests out of proportion

In the last few weeks, protests against state lockdowns and social distancing measures have seized national headlines. The wall-to-wall coverage might give the impression that what we’re seeing is a powerful grassroots movement in the making.

Research by Vox on the media coverage of the protests found a massive imblance between the extensive coverage and the small number of protests and protesters. Vox created some charts showing the relative size of the anti-lockdown protests and other pre-COVID protests.