Saturday, October 30, 2010

Jon Stewart Rally Attendance

Thomas posted this earlier, I'm posting this again here with a couple of changes.  The exact numbers cannot be ascertained right now but there are several factors at work.

1. The rally has a permit for about 80,000, which should give an impression on how many were expected.
2. The Huffington Post offered to bring in dozens of buses containing maybe several thousand additional people.
3. MTV urged its employees to attend.
4. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert gave free rides to their shows.
5. There are a number of "satellite" rallies across the country.

Trying to average conservative (not ideology) estimates, which figured in the tens-of-thousands with liberal (once again, not ideology) estimates, which went as high as 250,000, the truth is almost definately in between. So the final estimate will probably be about 120,000-175,000.  Also, feel free to check out the rest of our election coverage.

From the CBC article on the rally:

On his website, Stewart describes the event as a place for people who think "shouting is annoying, counterproductive and terrible for our throat, who feel that the loudest voices shouldn't be the only ones that get heard, and who believe that the only time it's appropriate to draw a Hitler moustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler."
He and Colbert are also encouraging attendees to bring signs with slogans such as "Real patriots can handle a difference in opinion," "It could be worse but let's not make it that way," and "Death to Nobody."


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