Comedy Central's D.C. rally for rationality features serious fun
(Tribune Washington bureau) -- by Jordan Steffen and Matea Gold --
WASHINGTON — It was an early sign that this was not an ordinary political rally: The organizers put the crowd estimate at between 10 million and 6 billion.
And on the National Mall, the signs were equally zany. "This is a good sign," said one sign. "I like Ice Cream," said another. And a man dressed as a bear wore a T-shirt reading, "Free Bear Hugs."
The high-spirited crowd numbering in the tens of thousands flocked to what organizers billed as a "comedic call for calm." The turnout clogged highways, and filled subways and buses to the point of overflow.
Much of the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," put on by "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert — who poses as an ultraconservative on his "Colbert Report" — resembled a large-scale variety show, with humorous sketches and surprise musical guests such as Kid Rock, Tony Bennett and Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens.
Colbert arrived on stage like a rescued Chilean mine worker, in a capsule from a supposed underground bunker, after Stewart made a show of counting the crowd one by one.
But the three-hour event ended on a serious note when Stewart, in a break from his usual satirical stance, made an impassioned defense of U.S. unity and denounced cable-news depictions of a country riven with animosity.
"The image of Americans that is reflected back to us by our political and media process is false," he said.
"We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is, on the brink of catastrophe, torn by polarizing hate, and how it's a shame that we can't work together to get things done. The truth is, we do. We work together to get things done every damn day. The only place we don't is here or on cable TV."...MORE...LINK
At ironically-titled "Rally to Restore Sanity," CBS/Viacom-owned, Comedy Central neolib cable talking heads Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart (above) instructed left-liberal drones (below) not to trust neocon cable talking heads like Fox News; little did the duped crowd realize, both sides work for the same corrupt statist-corporatist-zionist team that is exploiting, manipulating and plundering America