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Story Behind the Story: Town hall meeting madness

More than 500 people came to a town hall meeting about health care reform. More than 500 people came to a town hall meeting about health care reform.

A reporter's blog about the story behind the story:

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - When we are sent to stories, it isn't unusual for an exaggeration on how many people may be attending a certain event.

I admit, I was skeptical when I was told more than 500 were stuffed into the Armstrong Center for a town hall meeting with Congressman Jack Kingston for health care reform meeting. Usually, only a few dozen people, if that, attend public forums in most communities.

But this subject, in just a few weeks time, has struck a nerve with this country and 500 plus, was no exaggeration.

What is interesting about the turn out is the conspiracy theories. Did the GOP drive in hordes of people to sound off against the reform? Was the mass interest just a tool to keep people in favor out of the meeting?

The theories are all over Facebook. Is there a grassroots movement nationwide to stonewall national health care?

We may never know but it is fun to wonder why the sudden interest.

To read my full story, see Hundreds turn out for health care forum.

:: Don Logana - bio | email

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