After directly pitting their rally against Glenn Beck’s and claiming that their “satellite photos” would compare favorably to the Fox News host’s "Restoring Honor" rally, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that most of the post-game reporting after Saturday’s "One Nation Working Together" rally in D.C. — organized by about 400 liberal organizations — is related to crowd size. And based on most reports, the turnout was not nearly as high as Beck’s generated.
The Washington Post’s reporting puts Saturday’s crowd at less than half the size of Beck’s.
"More than 400 groups endorsed the 'One Nation Working Together' rally, which organizers said drew a crowd of 175,000 people — about what they expected. Beck has estimated that 500,000 people came to his gathering."
Meanwhile, the AP used some informal observational analysis to make its conclusion:
"Organizers claimed they had as many participants as Beck's rally. But Saturday's crowds were less dense and didn't reach as far to the edges as they did during Beck's rally. The National Park Service stopped providing official crowd estimates in the 1990s."
The lesson here seems to be that Jon Stewart should probably just refrain from making any predictions about crowd size.