The main point of contention regarding the two rallies is crowd size, a measure that’s apparentlymore elusive thanSasquatch. Beck estimated his own crowd at around 500k, butone estimate, based on aerial photography, pegged it as low as 87,000. Interestingly, TheNewsofToday.com reportsthe exact same estimate for “One Nation.” Apparently, the science of crowd estimates is based on the work ofRain Man.
For the purpose of this discussion, however, let’s accept the premise that there were more people at Beck’s rally, even that there were twice as many. When making this comparison, however, it is important to remember that Beck benefited from relentless promotion, not only from the #1 cable news network, but also fromMSNBC and CNN. A TV Eyes search for each rally shows that, up until the day before each event, “Restoring Honor” was mentioned 2,877 times, versus 520 mentions of “One Nation Rally.”