Skip to comments.Glenn Beck rally sparks debate over crowd size
Posted on 08/30/2010 10:53:29 AM PDT by Justaham
Glenn Beck kicked off Monday's radio show by thanking the many attendees at Saturday's "Restoring Honor" rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial at least 500,000 by his count. Beck said he's "still waiting on the real number" and plans to look closely during his 5 p.m. Fox News show at photos of the large crowd assembled on the National Mall.
The rally which took place on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the memorial drew a good deal of controversy, with civil rights leaders holding a countermarch. But the event largely kept free of overt political references, as Beck (a longtime scourge of the Obama White House) had pledged it would. It stressed religious themes, together with celebrations of noncontroversial virtues such as charity and national service.
Even though Beck is still tabulating a crowd estimate, it can be expected to be significantly higher than the number CBS News reported over the weekend: 87,000.
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Betcha the trash left behind by Al and his homies outweighed that left behind by the Beck attendees of all races.
Could focusing on the crowd size be a liberal tactic rather than actually addressing the content of what was said?
And the MSM doesn’t understand why we don’t believe them anymore.
But who cares, the mall was full and over flowing on to the sides.
I hate the MSM.
Is there any report about how clean the area was left by Beck’s attendees?
"If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside." (directly from the Rules for Radicals playbook [Saul Alinsky])
Certainly, rally organizers ordered commercial satellite photos?
If Yahoo wanted to be “fair and balanced,” it would have used the much wider photos of the event site. That photo make it appear there are only a few hundred at the event.
Beck DID NOT estimate the crowd size to be over 500 thousand.
Early in the program, he stated that he was happy to report the media had reported over one thousand people had shown up to attend the event. There was resounding laughter, for his lampoon.
Later in the program, he said he had read a report that estimated the attendees to number over 300 thousand and another to that estimated the crowd to number over 500 thousand. He didn’t come up with his own number, and didn’t say that either of these reports were accurate.
He did say at one point that there were an awful lot of people in attendance. (paraphrased) That’s about as close to a solid number as he got from what I watched.
Yeah, and what about all those “racist” comments? Can the MSM produce evidence of racial hatred at this rally — of the kind talked about by all the leftist pundits beforehand?
And were there any fights, people spitting on each other, white folks beating on the black members of the audience....?
I guess not.
No. The dem media meme is that it was a "large, primarily white, crowd which gathered at the mall". I have seen the "primarily white" language in at least 6 MSM reports. Some say "overwhelminly white". That's the spin.
And NBC estimated the crowd at 300,000.
The Wall Street Journal reported on the front page the crowd size to be in the tens of thousands.
Too bad that FOX News didn’t cover this amazing event! Their ratings would have been 100% more than their coverage of the President;s address this morning! Incidentally, did the Million Man March get Federal Security? Did Martin Luther King, Jr. get Federal Security? Now did the Restoring Honor Rally get Federal Security? No!
FOX News is falling into lockstep with the FED? Very bad news!
If the Parks Department was allowed to estimate crowd sizes using the blocks formula that has served us well, we would know the actual size. But that, would be racist.
And it was very evident that he was deeply touched at the amazing turnout.
Seems to me that the left sees the controversy in that anyone is even DARING TO QUESTION their propaganda.
The left has nothing better to do than to debate crowd sizes.
According to Park Services info the Reflecting Pool area holds 250,000. The adjacent “overflow’ field holds 250,000. Combine that and add the uncountable masses underneath the trees for shade and those massed at the Washington monument and those gathered around the Lincoln memorial and you come up with just a tad more than 87,000 !
I look at it this way, just as I did after the 9/12 rally. The libs grossly understated the crowd size last year too. While most accounts put the size over a million, the lefties insisted it was only in the “tens of thousands.” I say let the libs stay in denial about the crowd size. It seems to give them some measure of momentary comfort in their pathetic little irrelevant lives. The truth is on our side.
We were there and a white, Bell Jet Ranger helicoptor, with blue markings (not News, medical or military - just normal general aviation numbering), made two full laps of the area at two different altitudes (estimate about 1000 & 2000 feet). There were 2 photographers sitting in the open door, filming the crowd. The two passes, at different altitudes, gave them a decent view of the crowd, including thousands under the trees (seeking some shade).
That was when Glenn made the comments about somebody is interested enough to violate the air space. Either Glenns team got permission or they took the chance - either way, I think it was Glenns team that took the pictures and will generate a credible estimate.
It sure was. I’m glad he didn’t succumb to a blubber fest though. Our young men get enough of that indoctrination in the media and at school. Let them see a man that can keep his composure once in a while too.
As I said on an earlier thread... an Ohio State football game gets over 102 thousand in their stadium. I think there were more there than that.
Crowd size isn't the only "thing" where size is an issue for domoRats.
Exactly, and at Michigan there’s over 110K ;)
I was disgusted having to watch that Saturday morning CNN newstwat rolling her eyes and such... pitiful excuse for coverage.
If our Liberal Media was around in 1863
Philadelphia Gazette November 20th 1863
Reported by: Christopher Jedediah Mathews
LINCON ADDRESS SPARKS DEBATE OVER CROWD SIZE
In his address at Gettysburg yesterday, Mr. Lincoln said, The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, and Lincoln is dead-on right. The actual crowd size is highly disputed. It looked puny to me. And people were seen leaving in droves bored by the long speeches that preceded Lincoln. Lincolns address itself was not delivered well, its words poorly chosen. And without a microphone (because they havent been invented yet) the people in the back had a hard time hearing him.
On to more important news - In last night’s Emmy’s, My American Cousin lost out on an Emmy for Best New Comedy Play. Certainly this play will not survive another season, nor will Lincolns speech. Mark my Words.
If there were only 87,000 at Glenn Beck’s rally, then there were only 33,000 at MLK rally.
(Go Bucks, beat Michigan)