I believe, intentional or not, they have different coverage if it was an Eva Moskowitz rally. Like they would leave out that their teachers are paid and their parents are told if their kids don't go to Albany it is THEIR responsibility to arrange for their care that day -- no question that the schools are left with some staff to cover for parents - the so-called parents who want choice -- not being given a real choice on the Albany trip. Thus the claims of thousands, while technically they might be true but overinflated on a number of levels -- are accepted and reported without context.
Jeff Bryant, at Alternet, takes on the non-regular ed reporters like the business reporters writing on education -- similar to the work The Daily Howler does regularly. He calls them "low information" reporters. I can almost excuse them because I see the bad (intentionally?) high information reporters in our daily papers, especially the NY Times, being more than sloppy.
How Sloppy Education Reporting Is Slowly Killing Our Schools