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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Truth (and lies) in numbers

Knowing full well that the self-aggrandizing, egomaniacal Glenn Beck and his right-wing/Tea Party minions would grossly overestimate the size of the attendance at Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday, CBS News wisely commissioned a crowd size estimate by a company called AirPhotosLive, which does this kind of thing for a living.

So now, when Beck proclaims, as he did this morning, that "at least 500,000 people" attended, and loony Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says "We're not going to let anyone get away with saying there were less than a million here today — because we were witnesses," those of us who don't drink the tea can point to the AirPhotosLive estimate of just 87,000 and expose these nut jobs as the liars that they are.

But Beck and Bachmann, I'm sure, will keep repeating their B.S., knowing the inflated numbers will get picked up by myriad irresponsible news organizations and bloggers and become the de-facto truth.



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