Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Restoring Sanity" Rally Brings On Stars To Boost Head Count

The "Restoring Sanity" rally may or may not have been larger than Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor" rally, which received absurdly low head counts reaching as low as 87,000. Despite the fact that Glenn Beck was the major personality, the theme of the rally alone drew possibly as many as 500,000 people. Now, the media is repeating the mantra "215,000 to 87,000. We won !

Not so fast. The National Park Service estimated the attendance at Glenn Beck's rally as being 300,000 to 350,000. The same National Park Service estimated "well over 200,000 for the "Restoring Sanity" rally, a figure tweeted by Brian Stelter of The New York Times.

Scott Baker of The Blaze asks a legitimate question.

"So if the National Parks Service “unofficial” estimate of over 200,000 for the “Sanity” rally was good enough for The Huffington Post, why wasn’t the National Parks Service “unofficial” estimate of 300,000 for Beck’s “Honor” rally not a fair comparison too? Guess it might change the obliteration."

That is a very good question. The only way you can come up with 215,000 vs 87,000 is by switching the source of your estimates. If you just stick with the National Park Service, you are left with "Restoring Sanity" sitting in a cloud of dust kicked up by Glenn Beck.

Additionally, Glenn Beck's star like up was exclusively conservative political stars. "Restoring Sanity" had a multitude of big names, as reported in CQ Politics, from "Guido Sarducci" to Ozzie Osbourne, Tony Bennett, John Legend and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There are probably plenty of people who showed up to see the stars. Had the lineup been political big names instead of entertainment personalities, the attendance figures would have been lower.

There are enough people to play three card monty with crowd estimates, to switch sources instead of using the same yardstick for both crowds. Will people buy this sleight of hand deception? The reporting on these two rallies,, and the dishonest comparison made between the two of them is the reason why millions of Americans are Googling their way out of buying a local paper. In addition to "restoring sanity", it will be a tall order to restoring newspaper circulation, because of the blatant bias displayed after the "Restoring Sanity" rally. Sphere: Related Content

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