ABC NBC national and local news said 'hundreds of thousands.'
Beck has reportedly claimed that 500,000 people were there.
Michele Bachmann put it at one million.
Conservative websites like the Drudge Report plaster these estimates on their front page. Then, to be "fair," news organizations like ABC and NBC have to report that there are estimates in the "hundreds of thousands."
Poor CBS, which actually paid an outside company to have experts study the aerial photographs, then looks like the odd man out and can be accused of "liberal bias."
I don't know why these people even have to lie. Even if the turnout was only 80-100,000, that's still an impressive achievement for a rally that was basically the brainchild of one crackpot talk show host.