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Counting Crazy

Estimates of the crowd size at Saturday’s Beckapalooza tell an interesting story:

CBS News commissioned a crowd estimate from, which based their count on aerial pictures it took during the rally. They estimated 87,000, with a margin of error of 9,000. So they claim between 78,000 and 96,000 people attended.

Sarah Palin claimed over 100,000 people attended. Almost believable.

Glenn Beck says between 300,000 and 650,000 attended. Starting to climb.

But Michele Bachmann (R-MN) displays her overly firm grasp of reality by claiming that no fewer than 1 million people were there.



  1. Bard wrote:

    The worst is that the more Beck repeats the 500K-600K the more everyone else picks up on that number because they don’t feel like fighting with his crazy followers.

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink
  2. Don wrote:

    You know, whether it’s 500,000 or 100,000, it’s still a lot of people. The fact that Beck has such a large following is just the reason that a lot of us worry about his style of loony, illogical claptrap and the number of people that are in bed with him. He did get one thing right, though, on his follow-up on Fox on Sunday – he does have a big mouth.

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

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