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Stewart and Colbert Plan Competing D.C. Rallies 696

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Lev13than writes "In a direct retort to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing rallies on October 30th. Stewart plans to host a 'Rally To Restore Sanity' on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in D.C. for the Americans he says are too busy living normal, rational lives to attend other political demonstrations. Colbert, meantime, will shepherd his fans in a 'March To Keep Fear Alive.' 'Damn your reasonableness!' Colbert said. 'Now is not the time to take it down a notch. Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom!' Stewart, meanwhile, has promised to provide attendees with signs featuring slogans such as 'I Disagree With You But I'm Pretty Sure You're Not Hitler' and 'I'm Afraid of Spiders.'"
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Stewart and Colbert Plan Competing D.C. Rallies

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  • Kudos (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Veggiesama (1203068) on Monday September 20, 2010 @09:59AM (#33635938)

    Kudos to you, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

    You make my world seem slightly less irrational with each and every day.

    • Re:Kudos (Score:5, Informative)

      by Veggiesama (1203068) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:02AM (#33636016)

      Also, Rally to Restore Sanity [rallytorestoresanity.com]

      Also, Keep Fear Alive [keepfearalive.com]

      Also, I love you, Jon (with one H).

  • brilliant (Score:5, Insightful)

    by circletimessquare (444983) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <erauqssemitelcric>> on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:01AM (#33635978) Homepage Journal

    when you see the vicious, fear-addled, hysterical fearmongering and demagoguery going on in the usa, you can easily grow despondent and depressed about the future of this country

    and then you see that the antidote to this vile sleaze, the ray of sunshine, is simple humor, and irony, and sarcasm

    the antidote to the poisons of the lowest basest emotions and motivations from the human character are the fruits of the higher faculties, and simple cheerfulness and confidence

    if the drek you see being assembled into herds of mindlessly angry propagandized partisan sheep on the far right depresses you, do not give up heart, nor give up hope: just give a good laugh, and smile, and beat the zombie horde back into the dustbin of history where they belong

  • no permit yet (Score:3, Insightful)

    by slshwtw (1903272) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:03AM (#33636036)
    The article doesn't mention the fact that the organizers have yet to be granted a permit [cbsnews.com] for the joint rally. Also it should be noted that if granted (which is likely), the "million moderate march" will be limited to no more than 25,000 people, per the permit application.
    • Re:no permit yet (Score:5, Informative)

      by norminator (784674) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:13AM (#33636192)
      As I understand it, the permits aren't normally granted until just before the event anyway, no matter how far in advance you start setting it up. By the time you've jumped through the other hoops, the actual permit is more of a formality. It was the same way for Beck's rally.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ceejayoz (567949)

      Limited? What, they're going to wall off the National Mall and block the 25,001st person to attempt to enter?

  • by Gopal.V (532678) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:24AM (#33636386) Homepage Journal
    The Jon Stewart announcement (and pre-announcements) were really funny. Not to karma whore, but the clip [thedailyshow.com] should've been in TFA.

    Love them for not doing the not-from-our-country crap. Probably the only newstertainment show I watch from the US for the same reason.

  • by hessian (467078) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:34AM (#33636562) Homepage Journal

    What do Beck, Stewart and Colbert have in common?

    They're entertainers, not political scientists.

    I don't want actors writing mission critical code for our spacecraft, and by the same token, we the voters shouldn't get our opinions from people who are paid to make us laugh, not make us see truth.

    If you want to know what's wrong with democracy in America, it's that a huge mass of useful idiots (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Useful_idiot) are voting wherever their emotional impulses lead them, at the behest of a few privileged media elites.

    That's not politics, it's mob rule.

    • by Scrameustache (459504) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:48AM (#33636792) Homepage Journal

      What do Beck, Stewart and Colbert have in common?

      They're entertainers, not political scientists.

      I don't want actors writing mission critical code for our spacecraft, and by the same token, we the voters shouldn't get our opinions from people who are paid to make us laugh, not make us see truth.

      Labels labels labels... you hear that, NASA? If your coders are in a theater troop in their spare time, they shouldn't be allowed to write mission-critical code, because actors shouldn't be allowed to do that.

      And what you can accomplish in life is limited by the title that someone is willing to bestow you upon hiring, not by who you are and what you can do; your identity and your potential are defined by the title you hold. If your paycheck says "make jokes", then anything you do that isn't a joke should be ignored.

      So believes hessian, who is a slashdotter and therefore should not be allowed to have a girlfriend. Because labels define you and everything about you.

  • by Simulant (528590) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:39AM (#33636648) Journal
    You can thank Reddit for this.
  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:46AM (#33636748)

    Both rallies are funded by Comedy Central (Viacom). They are only "competing" if you think organized wrestling is a competition.

    The sad thing is, Stewarts rally could have had a decent point to it, but when paired with the "Rally for Fear" how can you take either seriously? The whole thing as it is turns to a vapid joke, the intent simply to ridicule people they wish to brand as extremist even though most are the 70% Stewart spoke of.

    I admire Stewart for calling out Truthers and Birthers as equally ignorant, but he wants to paint the whole Tea Party movement with the brush of a few fringe members when it wouldn't make sense to claim the Democrats are all Truthers just because a few of them usually show up at democratic rallies.

    • by fermion (181285) on Monday September 20, 2010 @11:38AM (#33637630) Homepage Journal
      If we are going to be pedantic, the tea party movement and the general republican party are funded by the same people. Corporations like Koch industries fund both. Any competitions between the two are a dog and pony show. It is becoming unfashionable to be employed and intelligent, so the tea party is there to put nude models, unemployed carrer politicians, and sex deviants so that people can relate to their officials. I mean look at the half term governor who everyone loves. She allows us to live vicariously through her. Most can't afford to shop at neiman marcus, or wouldn't put the unwed daughter on TV, but we can live through her and hope that one day someone will reward us for our jackass like behavior.

      And it would be nice to know some rational Tea Part leaders. It is those that want to cut taxes, without a plan to fund the war and protect our citizens. Or is the one's that want to ban sharia law, but are happy to continue to force free enterprise to shut down on sundays. Is it those that waste tax payers money to see a birth certificate that is already on line, Or those that want to ban Mosques, but allow christian to gloat next to the centennial olympic park. Or perhaps it is palin and her death panels.

      Honestly, if the Tea Party would official expel Palin and Beck, most of my problems with them would evaporate. Most everyone else are mostly rational.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Yunzil (181064)

      how can you take either seriously?

      I think you're missing something.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by wiredlogic (135348)

      Kooks like Christine O'Donnell don't get nominated by "a few fringe members".

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by LanMan04 (790429)

      he wants to paint the whole Tea Party movement with the brush of a few fringe members

      The tea party is composed of pretty much ALL fringe members. Otherwise they'd be Republicans.

  • PEW Research Study (Score:5, Informative)

    by 99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) on Monday September 20, 2010 @10:48AM (#33636800)

    In 2009 the PEW research study asked individuals where they got their news then 23 factual questions about US politics and wold affairs. Below is the list of news sources, correlated with percentage of correct answers:

    1. Major Newspaper web sites 54%
    2. Colbert Report 54%
    3. Daily Show 54%
    4. Jim Lehrer News Hour 53%
    5. National Public Radio 51%
    6. OReilly Factor 51%
    7. Rush Limbaugh 50%
    8. News Magazines 48%
    9. TV News Web Sites 44%
    10. Local Daily Newspapers 43%
    11. CNN 41%
    12. Google News 41%
    13. Yahoo News 41%
    14. Network Evening News 38%
    15. Online Blogs 37%
    16. Local TV News 35%
    17. Fox News 35%
    18. Network Morning Shows 34%

    From this can we pretty definitively site that the fans of The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are more likely to be knowledgeable about what's going on in the world than Glen Beck;s rally attendees?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by onefriedrice (1171917)

      From this can we pretty definitively site that the fans of The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are more likely to be knowledgeable about what's going on in the world than Glen Beck;s rally attendees?

      Um, probably not since Beck's show isn't listed and there are several relatively high-scoring sources whose audiences might also have attended Beck's rally in high percentages (O'Reilly and Limbaugh). I would guess the difference between those sources and Colbert's show is not outside the margin of error.

      So you could try to use this as evidence supporting your claim (thus inferring that people at Beck's rally are morons), but I certainly don't see any "definitive" conclusions that can be drawn from this

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