On Saturday, more than 300 liberal groups representing thousands of people banded together on the National Mall in an effort to outshine August’s “Restoring Honor” rally put on by Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck.
Among the speakers was MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “This march is about the power to the people,” said Schultz. “It is about the people standing up to the corporations. Are you ready to fight back?” As for how the crowds compared in size: GlennBeck.com includes this side-by-side image (“Restoring Honor” — left, “One Nation” — right). The AP gives the advantage to Beck:
While the Beck rally stretched well down the National Mall, Saturday’s event was shaping up to be far smaller, with sparse groups lingering around the reflecting pool and other monuments.
On his radio show this morning, Beck said he hired his own video crews to cover the rally talking to participants and shooting other video.
We sent photographers down and reporters down. We hired independent crews because I didn’t want to, quite honestly, put a FOX crew into that lion’s den and have anybody have to answer that they were from FOX. So, we hired — I personally hired — independent crews to go down and take photos and do interviews with people in the crowd. You’ll see them tonight.
And does it matter?
You know, this is what I told you about a year ago. I said, right now they’re all saying that they’re not communists, they’re not socialists, they’re not revolutionaries but mark my words, I said, there will come a team when they’ll just come out and say, it doesn’t matter anyway. We’re there, gang, we’re there, and the American people have to decide.