Monday, August 30, 2010
"Estimates of the crowd size range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people. The U.S. Park Police no longer makes estimates, so there are no official estimates of events on the National Mall.
CBS News commissioned a crowd estimate by the company AirPhotosLive.com. The network reported that AirPhotosLive estimated the crowd at 87,000 people. But they noted that with a margin of error of 9,000, "between 78,000 and 96,000 attended the rally."
NBC Nightly News estimated the number of people in attendance as "tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands."
Fox News, citing organizers, aired a banner characterizing it this way: "CROWD ATTENDING BECK RALLY ESTIMATED AT OVER 500,000." source)
CNN, ABC, MSNBC and the NYT's et al must have been scrambling for stories once they realized that Beck's rally hadn't produced any controversial sound clips or radical sign pictures (no signs were allowed). It seems they'll have to busy themselves with creating controversy over the size of the crowd and the fact that Al Sharpton had a rally to offset Beck's...but that sorta loses steam because Dr. Martin Luther King's niece was at the Beck rally and says, "her uncle would have approved."