I had said in the previous post, I was waiting on something more official than earlier estimates on the crowd size of the ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’, the event Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had on Saturday. CBS is reporting 215,000 but there is reason to doubt their numbers. Aaron Worthing at Patterico’s Pontifications has a post up saying that CBS’ numbers, and Little Green Footballs’ Charles Johnson’s support for said numbers, are wrong and that more people did attend Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor Rally’, providing photographic evidence to back up his claim.
And the latest from Johnson is now he is bull___ting about Stewart’s rally. Like I said, I don’t care about crowd size at these things, but I do expect honesty on the subject. So as of now, Johnson has a post that proclaims that 215K attended the Stewart rally….
…Well, which should we believe, Charles? CBS news or our lying eyes?
As stated previously, NBC’s Domenico Montanaro tweeted that officials estimated that 300,000-325,000 people attended the Beck rally, which is still considerably higher than the 215,000 estimated to have attended the Stewart rally. Still, I have trouble trusting CBS’ estimate, especially given how partisan their station and its affiliates have become. Today it came out that reporters from KTVA, CBS’ affiliate in Alaska, accidentally left a voice mail for Republican Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller which reveals they were going to attempt to smear him by locating a child molester at his rally. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey has been covering this story since this morning, posting on KTVA’s disingenuous admission of half-guilt, in which they claimed that while the reporters did in fact work for them, the recording wasn’t as it sounded. Suffice to say, CBS’ bias towards Democrats, as well as their bias towards the Stewart/Colbert rally, is hard to ignore so whatever they report now shouldn’t be accepted without serious scrutiny.
Aside from the number of attendees, what about the who these people were that attended the rally? The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle and Laura Donovan covered this, pointing out that not only did most of them not know who was running in their districts, but they were going to vote Democrat. NewsBusters.org’s Matthew Sheffield reported on the attendees’ hatred of Glenn Beck and Fox News, as well as the signs they were carrying around, some with “Adolph Hitler mustaches” on prominent Republicans and conservatives like Sarah Palin, John Boehner and Rush Limbaugh. Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie and Michael Moynihan also attended the event, discovering, as Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey pointed out, that “sanity” was a relative term.
Suffice to say, these people are definitely different then those who attended Beck’s rally. As shown in Reason TV’s video, many of them were typical “drones”, people who were unable to accept that Barack Obama and the Democrats were in any way responsible for the situation America was in. Why is this? As ‘Drinking with Bob’ points out, they were told previously by Jon Stewart that “The One” was the one to vote for, and while many of them can no longer trust the man they helped put in the White House, they continue to trust the person who told them who to elect him.
It is any wonder why Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey paid for the buses to get these people to the rally? As Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog stated, there is a noticeable lack of support for the Democrats with midterm elections two days away.
Even with CBS spinning the attendance numbers, the truth is that rally was a failure. Sure it was mildly entertaining for those who attended, but it didn’t give attendees any real reason vote on November 2nd. They know who they are supposed to vote for, though I have a hard time believing that they will be at the polls in significant enough numbers to make any noticeable impact on the elections’ results. Democrats are going to suffer significant loses and there nothing Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and CBS can do to change that.
UPDATE: What did I say about “drones”? Michelle Malkin has a post up looking at Obama’s most dedicated and delusional followers from before the last election and now as “Hope and Change” will be voted down tomorrow. One has to wonder if “Nameless the Begger” was at the ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ eh?
UPDATE: Hot Air’s Allahpundit has a post up concerning Glenn Beck’s response to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.’ While Beck take a few shots at Stewart, more of his criticism is for Colbert who “jumped the shark” with his antics. TheRightscoop.com has the video up of the discussion on Beck’s show about the event and I recommend my modest readership give it a watch.