Jon Stewart's Was Bigger Than Beck's

But what did it all mean?
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2010 2:24 AM CDT
Updated Nov 1, 2010 7:45 AM CDT
Jon Stewart's Was Bigger Than Beck's
People raise pumpkins marked with likenesses of comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert before the start of their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Number, schmumbers. Who cares exactly how many people turned up at Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity? The real question is: Whose was bigger: Stewart's or Glenn Beck's? In the battle of the rallies, Stewart's DC turnout "trounced" Beck's, declares the Independent, citing an "official arbiter"—a CBS News-commissioned analysis—that put Stewart's march tally at 215,000, compared with Beck's 87,000, determined by the same analysis.

As for the rally's impact, the jury is still out. There's simply "no agreement on whether it was a powerful answer to the Tea Party, a popular uprising against the media, or just a hilarious free show," concludes the paper. (Read more Jon Stewart stories.)

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