Stewart/Colbert Rally Attendance More Than Double Beck-Fest

The crowd at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Mall in Washington. (Credit: AirPhotosLive.Com)

Early this month I caught a pile of flack from the right for reposting Nicole Belle’s estimates of the OneNation rally attendance. Well if that upset them this will make their heads explode.

CBS News is estimating today’s Stewart/Colbert rally drew 215,000.

An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.

The company based the attendance at the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which took place on the Mall in Washington. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 percent.

CBS News also commissioned to do a crowd estimate of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August. That rally was estimated to have attracted 87,000 people. Amid criticism from conservatives that the estimate was low, CBS News detailed the methodology behind it here.

TBD reported that because of the high turnout many would-be rally attendees retreated to bars to watch the event.

The National Park Service does not estimate crowds. The New York Times’ Brian Stelter wrote on Twitter during the event that the Park Service privately told Viacom there were “well over 200,000” people at the rally, according to an executive.

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