CBS estimates that 215,000 people attended the Rally to Restore Sanity. That's nearly two-and-a-half times the number estimated to have shown up for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in August.
In a story about today's rally, CBS News explained that it would soon publish a "sure-to-be-controversial" crowd estimate.
In September, CBS News commissioned an estimate of Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally. They reported that roughly 87,000 people attended Beck's rally.
"Fear or sanity?" Arianna went into the crowd at Rally To Restore Sanity and asked attendees which sentiment most resonated with them.WATCH:
A handful of riders on a HuffPost Sanity Bus told us why they were drawn to the rally.Two of the most striking quotes from two different people:
"I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean that I don't think Republicans have good ideas. But I think that the exchange of those ideas has become so stagnated, so separated. There is no exchange."And...
"If a democracy has to function, I think that there should be a higher level of conversation. And I think this is an attempt to say that not everybody in this conversation needs to be so hateful, so opinionated, with total disrespect to the facts."WATCH:
Before boarding buses outside Citi Field in New York, a few "Sanity" attendees explained why they decided to take part in the rally.
HuffPost reader Lynn R. sends in scenes from the rally in Austin, Tex.:
Arianna asked those riding HuffPost Sanity Buses why they chose to attend Saturday's rally.
Check out the photo galleries of today's rally.• PHOTOS: On Stage And In The Crowd
Politico prominently featured a story about Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity, in which the authors argue that Jon Stewart "walked a fine line between politics and humor." Just one problem. The photograph used to promote the story at the top of Politico's front page was taken from a rally of a very different sort -- Glenn Beck's August 28 "Restoring Honor" rally. Scroll down to see a screengrab from Politico's front page, as well as the AP photo from Glenn Beck's event.
Stewart's closing speech, with a focus on the role of the media: