Per same company that estimated Beck crowd: Approximately 215,000 people attended Rally to Restore Sanity


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


Back in August, I posted the explanation of how Glenn Beck's Whitestock crowd numbers were calculated. The company that came up with the numbers were very reputable: calculated that about 87,000 people (give or take 9,000) attended Glenn Blech’s SPFathon, Whitestock. [...]

Curt Westergard is the president of AirPhotosLive, the group that came up with that crazy 87K number. He has some pretty impressive clients. He provides aerial imaging for “the U.S. border patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, companies building skyscrapers, and cell phone companies trying to decide where to build their towers, and others.”

By the way:

It was the only scientific estimate made of the number of people at the rally.

Now, because I've been getting a lot of requests to cover the size of yesterday's Rally to Restore Sanity event, which I did when the first numbers were first reported by MSNBC, I'll rely once again on AirPhotosLive for the newest estimates:

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. (See some of the pictures used to create the estimate here.) [...]

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

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

Same place, same company with the same excellent reputation, bigger numbers.


H/t: BlueJessamine

  • Susan Colantuono

    That seems more like it. People were literally on top of port-a-johns and up in trees. From inside we had no idea of how many were on the streets outside and unable to get in. Amazing fortitude. They (and a LOT of people way back) had no jumbotrons to watch.