Prof. Steve Doig refutes Michele Bachmann's claims about rally size
Republicans were all about Prof. Steve Doig when he low-balled the crowd size at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009.
Michele Bachmann is a fast counter.
Now, the shoe is on the other foot. Bachmann keeps insisting that at least 1 million people attended Glenn Beck's Restoring America rally last Saturday. But Doig, a University of Arizona professor who estimates crowd sizes from photos, pegged that number at about 80,000 people.
Doig used AirPhotosLive.com pictures, published in an article by CBS, to make his call. He didn't see 1 million people. He saw big patches of green grass on the Washington Monument grounds, and picnic blankets where self-described patriots should have been.
Conservative bloggers called the number laughable. Doig in turn called Michele Bachmann's 1 million person estimate laughable. Everyone seemed to be having a good laugh, especially after Bachmann decided to let it ride on the Laura Ingraham show and upped her ante to 1.6 million.
The professor was alright with the Right when he put the crowd size at Obama's inauguration at 800,000. But now that Beck is down in the count, they're dismissing his science as blatant lies from the Left.