Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rally To Restore Sanity Crowd Size Estimate: 150,000 - 250,000 (US Politics Today)

Time to try and figure out just how many people went to John Stewart's Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Keep Fear Alive.

Sunday afternoon I cited the early announcement by the Mythbusters that roughly 150,000 people attended the rally.  That was right before they made the crowd do the wave.  I think that was partially an effort to rile up the crowd and give the networks a reason to air footage of the crowd.  That was an estimate Stewart later repeated towards the end of the show.

Still, event organizers have been known to wildly inflate crowd size estimate.  Glenn Becks rally organizers inflated the ~90,000 attendant estimate given by virtually every news organization times five, and the conservative blogging echo chamber famously promoted a picture from another rally as footage of Beck's crowd.

But Stewart and the Mythbusters both have credibility, so their estimate carries more weight.  Lets see what numbers are floating around online:

CBS: 215,000
CTV: 250,000
Stewart/Mythbusters: 150,000 (it's looking like they were being modest)

Stewart beat Beck!

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