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The numbers game is in full swing after Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.

As is almost always the case after such events, the crowd estimates vary widely, CNN reports. -- commissioned by CBS News to take aerial pictures of the crowd -- put the number at 87,000, while Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) insisted, "We're not going to let anyone get away with saying there were less than a million here."

No wonder the U.S. Park Police no longer makes estimates, which inevitably prove controversial among those with vested interests.

Beck -- who derisively told the crowd "I have just gotten word from the media that there are over 1,000 people here today" -- said on "Fox News Sunday" the number was between 300,000 and 650,000. And Fox itself wasn't coy. Its coverage aired with a banner putting the crowd at "over 500,000."

NBC's "Nightly News" took a more vague approach, describing attendance as "tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands." ABC put the number at "more than 100,000."

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Mik's $ Toy

The elections of NOV 2010 and 2012 scare me. So many people don't know the history of this country and are making decisions based on what talk show hosts on tv and radio are saying and taking it as the truth. The USA in NOT a Chritian country and a LOT of people have their US History wrong! We did NOT become a Christian country based on the Piligrims. They were Separtist who did NOT like the teachings of the Church of England and were threatened with jail if they did not go to Sunday services at the C of E. They were even arrested when they tried to flee England and go to Holland were there was more freedom of religion. We became the USA and fought the American Revolution to do so. It all started with being taxed on everting imported/exported and not having representation in the House of Parliament. That was denied by the King of England! The Boston Tea Party dumped tea into Boston Harbor as a protest of the taxes being placed on us and not having representation in Parliament.

September 06 2010 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hendwey You are apparently very well versed in history. I'm impressed. Please elaborate for all of us on how things were going in every other country during those years you mentioned. Wait... let me guess. This country has led the way to freedom, from its very inception; nobody has come close. Thank you for educating us.

August 31 2010 at 8:57 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I think that tourists from around the world made up at least 98000 and perhaps 2000 were there to see the beckster, It has become crystal clear to me that FOX is now a political group and not a news source for fair and balanced news as they proclaim. Just imagine the outrage of FOX if Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz had sponsered a rally for MSNBC and talked about it every day. The crew at FOX would have been outraged and would have somehow blamed Obama for a socialist takeover of the airwaves. After all they blame him for everything else in the world. Next will be that he is responsible for the worst hurricane season in decades.

August 31 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Fox is by far more fair and balanced than any of the other news media.They tend to lean a little more right but it keeps me from getting disgusted watching the others that are so far left it is pathetic.The only ones that bash fox are liberals who feel threatened that someone is reporting all sides of the political spectrum and not what favors their own side.

August 31 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

So what does it matter how many attended? One above photo would suggest 200,000 at least. Others at ground level depicted many under the trees and shade, only to add to make perhaps 300,000. Again, it doesn't matter. What matters is that so many people came for certain inspiration that has not been offered from anywhere else. This IS an important time for us all. Glenn Beck has brought forward for us all to consider for our future. In my view none of us has to be religious to receive the message theme of that day (I am agnostic). As Glenn remarked: we need to believe in ourselves and our desired direction in life. (Think I am paraphrasing here.) For anyone to think that this event took anything away from the MLK gathering: It only augmented! In my view: the Lincoln Memorial event was quiet and with people listening. Digesting. What a wonderful thing! ps: I like the idea of moderation with not allowing barking of some individuals. Good move!

August 30 2010 at 10:42 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

The liberal propagandists were warning minorities to stay away from the event because, "it could be very dangerous". I saw numerous minority people there.They were perfectly welcome and were having a good time. The liberal media has no shame...or honesty and integrity either for that matter...

August 30 2010 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

So when was our country so honorable? A hundred years ago? Black people had no rights, women had no rights, no child labor laws, etc. The good old days huh? Only in the past 50 years has everybody in the United States had equal rights. We've been a country for 234 years for people who don't know. Of that 234 years, the first 150 or so only white men had total rights and freedom. This is a great country to live in, but to say we have been a free and honorable country the whole time is ignorant and naive.

August 30 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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Has anybody said "we have been a free and honorable country the whole time" - I don't think I remember anybody at Beck's rally saying that! Get your facts straight, hendwey! Everybody knows this nation has faults, but the trend has been toward 'justice' for all - Integration happened - though some STILL want to keep the 'blacks' segregated (NAACP is one example!) after all that MLK tried to put forth! I lived 79 years ago, and have seen good changes in my life time! The only hold out are the small, loud, vocal group who want to keep bringing up the past inspite of all that has changed for the better of all kinds of races in this nation! 'Good will toward all' - even though we don't agree with some ideas - has made America the most 'free' nation in the world, and some with 'ill' will toward some try to keep the 'rant' going! How, hendway, would you change America if you could? Tell all who are commenting on this site, and let us see if you are on the 'right' track! Remember, the first people who came to this country were 'running' from an oppressive government and an oppressive religion, so the main reason we have our Constitution, thank the Lord, is so the citizens could grow - in freedom, and rectify any wrongs, as we have through the years, and are still doing!

August 31 2010 at 12:49 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

And what was the rest of the world like when the United States was created? Did anyone else enjoy racial freedoms, religious freedoms, were women allowed to be anything other than chattel? No country is perfect but, this one was created with perfection in mind. Countries in todays standards still have slavery, still treat women as property, still don't allow human treatment, etc, etc.

August 31 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

So now we are down to arguing about the size of crowds? It was a lot of people. Who cares how many were there? Why do they care?

August 30 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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The liberal media is downsizing this event for their own polical agenda. They don't like the tea party people and are trying to marginalize them.

August 31 2010 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Just look at the inauguration photos of Obama and Bush (or any other gathering where numbers are provided, and compare those crowds to this gathering. If one does this simply comparison, it is clear the crowd was somewhere around that 500,000 number.

August 30 2010 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

I am proud of Glen Beck, he is a patriot. Glen does give you the info to check out his talking points, they do check out. I'll bet he would not fight you if you wanted to see his birth cert long form. This country needs to have honor restored real bad. Know who your enemys are, this is important in the days ahead.

August 30 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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