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CBS News: estimated 215,000 attend Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear


CBS News estimated 215,000 attended the rally organized by Comedy Central late night stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert last Saturday in Washington. The news organization based its estimate on a report from, which uses aerial pictures taken over the rally and which, the company says, has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 percent. During the rally, Stewart joked that there were 10 million Mall attendees.

CBS News had commissioned the same company to come up with a crowd estimate for Glenn Beck's August rally on the Mall and reported the company estimated that crowd at 87,000.

Here is the CBS News report.

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
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By Lisa de Moraes  | November 1, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear  
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Does that count the 100,000 or so who couldn't fit on the Mall or didn't make it in time because of the gross Metro snafus?

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

we saw it! we were there and there were at least TEN BILLION people on the mall and nobody is going to tell us otherwise!

Posted by: joew22 | November 1, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I went down and saw crowds both coming and going, so I too venture to say that much more than 215,000 attended the event. 215,000 is perhaps all that could fit at any one time in the area.

Posted by: BootmanDC | November 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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