Glenn Beck posted on his new website, The Blaze, that the attendance of his Restoring Honor Rally was a crowd of over 500,000 people.Â This is great news.Â He doubled the attendance of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' crowd and was 200,000 higher then the expected amount. But is Beck wrong or exaggerating?Â According to Air Photo Live the calculated crowd was only 89,000.Â Still an amazing amount of people but only one-fifth of what Glenn Beck is claiming.
According to CBS News, "To calculate attendance at the Beck rally, AirPhotosLive.com used what is called a surveillance aerostat balloon to take pictures from both above the event and closer to the ground."
CBS News commissioned the company AirPhotosLive.com to offer an independent estimate of how many people showed up for the event. AirPhotosLive.com calculated that there were approximately 87,000 people there, plus or minus 9,000 people. It was the only scientific estimate made of the number of people at the rally.
Beck is not agreeing with the new report.
So, how many people actually attended the rally? Reports of online views were recorded to be at least one million people.Â Does the actual number of people at the rally matter? Is important to hold Beck to the truth?