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  • Was the Restoring Sanity Rally Really Bigger?

    11/8/2010 2:10:04 PM Posted by Evan Gassman

    Immediately following Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's Restoring Sanity and/or Fear Rally, the mainstream media exploded with reports that it was larger than Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally. Blogs, newspapers and TV pundits all reported that Stewart's rally had over twice the audience that Beck's had. But is that really true?

    Here's the image that went viral:

    Stewart v Beck CBS 

     

    The only problem with this image? It uses CBS estimates to guesstimate the size of Beck's rally. It fails to recognize that the Parks Police said at least 300,000 people  were at the Rally to Restore Honor. So keeping that in mind, here is an adjusted infographic: 

     Stewart & Beck

    Anyone who actually attended the rally would tell you that there were hundreds of thousands of people there easily. This infographic is much fairer, given that both rallies were indeed very large.

     

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