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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Jon Stewart's Closing Remarks at the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Keep...

Rally to restore Sanity and/or Fear


Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington has sparked more than 1,160 mini-rallies in 84 countries, morphing into something of a global political happening.
The last time a political rally in America gained such international traction was during the 2003 protests against the Iraq war, says Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Read the whole story: Christian Science Monitor


Cable television's talking heads were the primary targets of Saturday's Rally for Sanity which drew tens of thousands of people to Washington, D.C. From video montages of news programs' doomsday prophecies to introducing citizens who remained "rational" under pressure, hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert repeatedly went after the media's extremist positions. 
Stewart said, "We live now in hard times, not end times." He continued, "The country's 24-hour [news cycle] did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing." 
The rally's themes of unity, comedy and tolerance were reinforced with a slew of musical guests like Yusuf Islam(formerly known as Cat Stevens), Kid Rock and John Legend.