beck.nytFox News host Glenn Beck drew somewhere between 87,000 and half a million people to his Restoring Honor rally in Washington, depending whom you ask.
However, the attendance at Beck's first stop on his Restoring America tour this past weekend isn't in dispute. It's also considerably less. The Asbury Park Press reports that around 700 people came to see Beck on Saturday at the Six Flags Great Adventure arena, which can hold 8,000.
One big difference between the two gatherings is that the rally on the National Mall was free while the recent event — which included other conservative and libertarian speakers like Fox's Andrew Napolitano — cost $50 (or $125 for VIP access).
Janet Longon, a tea party activist and organizer, explained to the New Jersey paper that organizers "only put this together in a couple of weeks" and that she's "glad the people came out."
Some liberal blogs weren't buying it, and seized on the low attendance numbers as evidence that the public's getting tired of Beck. "Wow, Beck sold less than 10% of tickets for NJ event," wrote Media Matters' Eric Boehlert. News Hounds asked, "Is Beck's 15 minutes of fame finally fading?"
Even if Beck didn't pull big numbers in New Jersey, the media still haven't averted their collective gaze from the conservative talker. The New York Times Magazine published a cover story Sunday that put Beck on the couch, both literally and figuratively. (Gawker has a breakdown of revelations from the article here.) And an illustration of Beck appears on the cover of Monday's New York magazine.
And if all that wasn't enough, Beck's booming voice could also be heard in a mashup video by Jonathan McIntosh that went viral over weekend. You can watch "Right Wing Radio Duck" below:Read More »from Glenn Beck draws just 700 to event, but still all over media