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FreedomWorks Cuts Estimate For Crowd At Its 9/12 Rally By One Half


The group's revised estimate -- which it says comes from comparing photos and videos from the event to past marches on Washington -- is significantly lower than FreedomWorks' president Matt Kibbe's weekend foul-up, when he announced that ABC News was reporting attendance of 1.5 million. ABC declared that it had reported no such thing. Kibbe has publicly backed off: "With a dead IPhone, I had been shown tweets from a number of different folks behind the stage citing the ABC estimate. They didn't say it. I regret misrepresenting the network, as their coverage that day was fair and honest."

Brandon blames a cautious mainstream press for reporting that the crowd was only tens of thousands. "I don't know, I don't think they're crowd estimators, either," he said. "If you say tens of thousands, it's technically true, there were tens of thousands. But they're nervous about putting that hundreds of thousands number out there."

Brendan Steinhauser, the organizer of logistics for FreedomWorks, said this event should be put in the same category as Martin Luther King's historic march on Washington for civil rights or the Vietnam War protests. It was "definitely the largest conservative protest in American history," he told me, "and it's really not received the coverage it deserves."