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1 November 2010
I haven't watched any of the talking heads today to hear if any of them commented on the Rally to Restore Sanity because, as Stewart said, "I know that there are boundaries for a comedian / pundit / talker guy, and I'm sure that I'll find out tomorrow how I have violated them." I expected that the people he was talking about would minimize and belittle the rally and I was still on too much of a high to listen to that.
But I did catch Dick Armey at the end of Christine Amanpour's program, which Walt was watching. Armey was smirking (how I hate politicians, of any party, who smirk!), snickering and minimizing the effect of the rally, and joking about how he watched some of it and laughed a bit about it and then went out into The French Quarter in New Orleans and partied and so it was a fun day for him.
I wanted to slap him. Did he hear the closing 12 minutes of the rally, where Stewart got serious? You can be sure that the news people who covered the rally and those who refused to (MSNBC and NPR, among them) will make light of the whole thing, missing the point of the rally to begin with. They will, as he predicted talk about the boundaries for comedians and how he violated them.
I love this statement. The 24 hour news cycle amplifies everything. We are all on information overload and as a result, we hear nothing. And the faux-est of them are the ones magnifying ants to create threats to this country that didn't exist before so that they can talk about the flaming ants epidemic.
Wow. How I loved this. "Those are titles that must be earned." In one paragraph he explained why things like the NY mosque and all this painting of Muslims with one broad brush is so wrong. It also gives respect to those rational Tea Party-ers who are not witches or people who don't believe the Constitution mentions separation of church and state, or whatever weird things are being reported by the nutcase fringe of the Tea Party, most of whom I am sure are well-meaning, well-intentioned, intelligent people. And yet we don't get the chance to get to know those guys because it's the nutcases that make entertaining news. On both sides.
During the Obama-McCain campaign I became a news junkie and I had such great respect for Keith Olbermann (and to lesser degree Chris Matthews) but I have lost so much of that now because they are carrying the banner for publicizing the nutcases. It used to be that when they had some sort of editorial comment to make, I listened and was moved. Now I roll my eyes and turn on the local news program. Olbermann lost me with his eternal battle with Fox News, Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes. He has a program of his own, an axe to grind, and the power to take his own program hostage if he wants to prove that he has more watchers than O'Reilly. I loved the Rachel Maddow show where she talked about ratings and showed that the fishing channel had significantly more viewers than either Olbermann or O'Reilly, but that neither of them mentions that fact.
I loved this too. About how the only place where people don't cooperate is in Washington. Stewart made a gesture toward the capitol when he made this statement.
I thought the traffic analogy (with visual demonstration) was brilliant. Watching all those cars zipping together from four lanes to one, every other car letting one in ahead of him/her. We everyday Americans make compromises and work together every day. We put aside differences for the greater good. And, as he says, the only place this seems not to happen is in the houses of Congress, while we everyday Americans sit and wait for important decisions to be made that affect our health, our ability to find a place to live, the education of our children, and every important aspect of our lives and the lives of people with whose governments we are at war, which our representatives are too stubborn and pig-headed to even try to come to any kind of compromise about.
So the Dick Armeys and the other pundits of the country can snicker and minimize the effect of this rally, but if they'd stop snickering and listen for a couple of minutes, maybe they would start thinking about what the people in this country want ... and it's not what we are being manipulated by special interests spending gazillions of dollars into believing is good for us.
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