Rally to Restore Sanity

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Stewart Dons Boxing Gear, Spars With Rally Critics

But, he insists, rally wasn't about what they say it was about

(Newser) - Jon Stewart busted out the boxing gear for last night’s Daily Show , where he took criticism (via video clips) from Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and Bill Maher for his Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear . Their anger at Stewart—for, as Olbermann put it, creating “a false equivalence... More »

Olbermann Yanks 'Worst Person' Segment

Hears Stewart's gripe, agrees to tone down the volume

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann might think Jon Stewart is a candidate for "Worst Person," but he's suspending the longtime segment in wake of the comedian's Rally to Restore Sanity anyway. After Stewart ripped MSNBC and Fox News equally for histrionics, Olbermann took a long look in the mirror and last... More »

Glenn Beck: Stewart's Message Was Same as Mine

Says the themes are identical: "We need to come together as a nation'

(Newser) - Glenn Beck has apparently decided that Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear wasn't really that bad after all. In fact, Beck announced on his show tonight that "it’s basically the same message that I gave on 8/28—of course on 8/28 we spoke a lot about... More »

Jon Stewart's Was Bigger Than Beck's

But what did it all mean?

(Newser) - Number, schmumbers. Who cares exactly how many people turned up at Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity? The real question is: Whose was bigger: Stewart's or Glenn Beck's? In the battle of the rallies, Stewart's DC turnout "trounced" Beck's, declares the Independent , citing an "official arbiter"—a... More »

Take a Ride on the HuffPo 'Sanity Buses'

Two people write about their NY-DC treks

(Newser) - Adrianne Jeffries and Chadwick Matlin both rode the free Huffington Post buses to yesterday’s Rally to Restore Sanity , but they had vastly different experiences. Jeffries woke up at 3:50am with one thought on her mind: “This sucks.” She shlepped to “the far side of Queens,... More »

So Just How Big Was the Sanity Rally?

Bigger than Glenn Beck's rally ... maybe

(Newser) - The question on everyone’s mind today: Just how many people attended yesterday’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear? Some estimates:
  • At the rally, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Mythbusters estimated the crowd at 150,000, according to Talking Points Memo .
  • An MTV spokesperson told the Washington City
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Stewart's Schtick Didn't Galvanize Dems

Politico: Rally was a very funny political failure

(Newser) - The Democrats may not be laughing come election day. This weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was a comedic success, but a strategic failure, argue James Hohmann, Marin Cogan, and Byron Tau on Politico . By putting parody above partisan politics, Jon Stewart denied the left a "galvanizing moment"... More »

Crowds Pack DC Mall for Stewart, Colbert Rally

Thousands gather in the name of sanity and/or fear

(Newser) - Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have wrapped up their big DC rally, a mix of their usual political shtick and eclectic musical acts (Ozzy, Tony Bennett, and the former Cat Stevens, for instance) performed in front of tens of thousands on the National Mall. "I can't control what people... More »

Obama, Stewart 'Not Very Funny'

President soberly defends record, appeals to young viewers to vote

(Newser) - Critics are predictably split on President Obama's much-hyped Daily Show appearance last night, but no one seems to think he single-handedly saved—or doomed—Democrats:
  • Though Jon Stewart and Obama are both funny in their own ways, they managed "to not be very funny together for the show's entire
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Details of 'Rally to Restore Sanity' Leak

Parks service releases itinerary

(Newser) - Good news for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: They finally have a permit for their Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive! The bad news: The National Parks service released the itinerary for the event, something Comedy Central has taken pains not to reveal. The whole thing is over... More »

Jon Stewart Rally Gets NYT Shout-Out, Via Crossword

Guess we know whose side the Times is on

(Newser) - The Rally to Restore Sanity can count among its supporters Oprah Winfrey , Larry King , and now Will Shortz. The New York Times crossword editor threw in eight clues relating to Jon Stewart (an avid crossword fan), Stephen Colbert, and their joint rally in yesterday’s puzzle, Reuters reports. Just another... More »

There's Nothing Funny About Jon Stewart's Rally

It's spitting on the word 'moderate'—and we need that word: Applebaum

(Newser) - Anne Applebaum has been unable to find a shred of humor in Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity—aka Million Moderate March—or the fact that Arianna Huffington and PETA are shepherding "moderates" there. The entire event spits on the word, she writes for the Washington Post , and it's... More »

Jon Stewart Kicks Off DC Week

'Daily Show' ramps up excitement for Saturday rally

(Newser) - Jon Stewart kicked off the Daily Show’s week in Washington, DC, by weighing in on—what else?—the Juan Williams-NPR controversy. The obvious problem? Williams violated NPR’s “never-say-anything-interesting policy,” says correspondent Samantha Bee. And, considering Fox News was quick to jump all over NPR as soon... More »

Jon Stewart's Sanity Rally Goes Global

Events scheduled in 67 countries

(Newser) - Jon Stewart's spoofy political Rally to Restore Sanity is headed toward world domination. Some 800 Sanity demonstrations in 67 nations are being planned around the globe to coincide with the Daily Show host's DC demonstration this Saturday. Sanity marchers will gather from Paris to Mt. Everest's base camp in Nepal.... More »

Larry King Gifts Port-a-Potty to Stewart Rally

'That's the one I'm gonna use,' Stewart promises

(Newser) - Jon Stewart was on Larry King Live last night, and the host had a little surprise for him: a portable toilet intended for use at Stewart's upcoming rally . “Please tell me that that is not the capsule that they keep you in,” Stewart begged. “Is that the... More »

Stewart and Colbert's Rally a Terrible Idea

It's just going to piss the right off

(Newser) - In a recent interview, Jon Stewart said that his Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive is “not meant to ridicule activism, or the Tea Party movement or religious people.” Maybe he’s being honest about activism and religion, “but if Stewart doesn’t mean to ridicule the... More »

Obama to Hit the Daily Show

President will guest days before rally—sorry, Glenn Beck

(Newser) - Glenn Beck is probably not a fan of the upcoming Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally as it is—but his head is really “going to explode when he hears this:” President Obama will be a guest on the Daily Show just days before the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or... More »

Oprah Flying Daily Show Audience to Rally

And she seems pretty darn excited about it

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is always giving stuff to her audience , and she feels bad that Jon Stewart’s audience never gets anything. So she made a surprise appearance on last night’s Daily Show (right after Stephen Colbert and Stewart announced that the Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity would be... More »

NPR Bars Employees From Stewart-Colbert Rallies

Memo sent to entire organization, not just reporters

(Newser) - There’s only one way employees of NPR will be attending the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert DC rallies: If they’re covering the events. The organization sent a memo to employees yesterday reminding them that they “may not participate in marches and rallies involving causes or issues that NPR covers,... More »

Rally an 'Odd Choice' for Normally 'Distant' Jon Stewart

Will he be able to maintain his distance from politics after this?

(Newser) - The media have increasingly moved from reporting politics to getting involved in politics, and now even Jon Stewart —“whose career and influence are built on observing politics from a coolly ironic distance”—has been drawn in, writes David Carr in the New York Times . The “Rally... More »

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