by Charles Lemos, Sun Aug 29, 2010 at 03:45:29 AM EDT
Via The Guardian:
Glenn Beck, conscious that so many of these events are judged on the numbers of those attending, looked out on a crowd that stretched from the Lincoln Memorial all the way up the Mall to the Washington Memorial, and put the figure at more than 450,000.
Jim Hoft, who blogs at Gateway Pundit, decided to round that up to an even 500,000. One attendee over at Free Republic "safely" estimated the crowd at a cool two million. Another conservative website, Ace of Spades, was more circumspect, only 300,000 were in attendance.
Meanwhile back on Planet Earth, CBS News decided to hire professionals to estimate the size of Beckamania.
An estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.
The company AirPhotosLive.com based the attendance on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which stretched from in front of the Lincoln Memorial along the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument. Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at the rally.
Beck, who predicted that at least 100,000 people would show up, opened his comments with a joke: "I have just gotten word from the media that there is over 1,000 people here today."
The area around the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington during a rally organized by conservative commentator Glenn Beck is seen in this aerial picture taken Aug. 28, 2010.
AirPhotosLive.com gave its estimate a margin of error of 9,000, meaning between 78,000 and 96,000 people attended the rally. The photos used to make the estimate were taken at noon Saturday, which is when the company estimated was the rally's high point.
There are more photos at the CBS site but you can clearly seen big patches of green grass. Just for the record, the National Park Service stopped counting crowds in 1997 after being accused of underestimating the size of the Million Man March in 1995, so we are forced to rely on independent services like AirPhotosLive.com.
Now compare the above with the photo from the March on Washington back on August 28, 1963. A quarter of a million people attended that day. One in four that day were white. At Beckamania, ninety-eight in a hundred were white. In 1963, 0.0013228 percent of the US population was present to hear Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech. At Beckamania just 0.000281 percent of the US population came to hear the ramblings of a certifiable pair of morons.
Honestly, the only thing out-sized about Beckamania on Saturday was the ego of Glenn Beck himself.