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Size Matters: Glenn Beck Rally Draws Widely Varying Crowd Estimates

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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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