|Glenn Beck says he didn't know his recent rally at the Lincoln Memorial was on the anniversary of the "I have a dream" rally.
I suspect it was a deliberate choice. He certainly didn't shy from references to MLK and even had MLK's niece as a speaker.
What was his point? At last year's Tea Party rally, the left-wing press low-balled the crowd size by nearly an order of magnitude in order to minimize its impact. In choosing the site and time of the "I have a dream" speech, Beck set the stage for comparison, deliberately.
History states that 200,000 people attended the MLK speech. This becomes the bar against which the 8/28 Beck speech is now measured. If one compares pictures side-by-side, the 8/28 speech is clearly larger. To begin with, the landscape has changed. Temporary building constructed during WW I frame the Reflecting Pool during the MLK speech, limiting the crowd area. Those buildings stretched the length of the pool. The WW II memorial has also been added, which stretched the width of the pool. So on a simple comparison, you're losing the space of the Memorial but gaining a lot of space that the temporary buildings filled. The 8/28 crowd is at least double the size of the MLK, clearly. With that obvious image in mind, one can then look at the CBS news estimate of 87,000 and notice the disconnect. How can you have a crowd with half the people but filling more than twice the area?
Beck did this to box-in the left-wing media. They must either admit a crowd size of 400,000+ or downgrade the historic MLK speech.