Meet the New Enemies of Glenn Beck: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

Nov 23 2010 Published by under Featured News


Poor Glenn Beck just can’t let go of his jealousy of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Today on his Fox News program, Beck went on the attack against Stewart and Colbert by claiming that they keep people in denial. He said, “What better way to keep people sheep then making sure that people get their news from a comedian?….Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, that’s not news. That’s a monologue. That’s jokes.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

In response to a comment from a member of a studio audience who claimed that people don’t get it because they get their news from popular shows, Beck said, “You know, I figured this thing recently. What better way to keep people sheep than making sure, and I’m part of this, keeping sure, making sure that people get their news from a comedian. At least, I’m giving it in context. I’m trying to make the news entertaining to bring people in. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, that’s not news. That’s a monologue. That’s jokes.” Beck’s guest Dr. Keith Ablow expressed the opinions that jokes were like drugs, and they kept people in denial.

Notice how Beck is trying to have it both ways. He claiming to be both a comedian and a trusted source of news, but this is part of what has becomes Glenn Beck’s modus operendi. Beck was not content with being the exclusive source of news and truth for his audience, so he used his 8/28 rally to become their spiritual advisor. Now he wants to move beyond even that realm and become the Oprah for the teabagger’s soul. It was kind of hard to miss how Beck has transformed his “news” show into an Oprah clone complete with studio audience, and his very own teabagging Dr. Phil. Glenn Beck is not only his audiences’ source of “truth” but he also is their connection to God, and now he is their therapist.

The problem is that Glenn Beck’s ego can’t accept the fact that Jon Stewart is more popular and influential than he is, so he has to not only discredit Stewart and Colbert, but he has now labeled them as a dangerous drug to the minds and souls of their viewers. Beck is portraying himself as the noble warrior who is fighting to wake up America from their sleep brought on by Stewart and Colbert. This is an elaborate false construct designed to keep his audience in the dark, and if you watched today’s show, you would know that his viewers are hopelessly clueless.

The success of the Rally to Restore Sanity has lead Beck to make Stewart and Colbert a part of his delusional holy war narrative. The reality is that it is Glenn Beck, not a couple of Comedy Central hosts, who is creating a flock of deluded sheep, who stay high on the drug of fearful crusade which Beck doles out in a dosage which is just enough to keep the junkie hooked, like any good pusher should. Beck is still smarting over the humiliation that Stewart and Colbert put on him, and now he is poised to unleash his Kool-Aid in the direction of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

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Jon Stewart Explains The Evil Brilliance Of Fox News To Rachel Maddow

Nov 11 2010 Published by under Featured News

Even battling the flu, Stewart still delivered a good interview.

Jon Stewart sat down for a great interview with Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show. Stewart described to Maddow what he thinks is the brilliance of Fox News, “I think the brilliance of fox news, and they delegitimized the idea of editorial authority while exercising incredible editorial authority.” Fox News has managed to take any criticism and label it as persecution.

Here is the video from MSNBC:

While talking about the cable news business, Jon Stewart told Rachel Maddow what he thought was the brilliance of Fox News, “I think the brilliance of fox news, and they delegitimized the idea of editorial authority while exercising incredible editorial authority. It’s amazing, and they also have the game that they’re all out to get us. Any criticism of them can be filtered through the idea that it’s persecution. This isn’t criticism, it’s persecution. That’s a tough distinction to make. Nobody likes to be criticized. I don’t like to see people I like and respect go, that rally was useless. It did nothing and, in fact, you’re crazy and wrong. But I understand that I put something out there. I made something, and people should have a chance to go, this is what I thought it was. I just want to make sure that I’m clear about what I thought it was, not what I thought it was, what it was, because I made it.”

Stewart later pointed to a genetic linkage between what Fox News does and the rise of Keith Olbermann, “Do you think MSNBC changed over the last five years? There is a genetic linkage between Keith– Keith was the first. It was a voice in the wilderness. People were like, what? You can say that? You came on, now I’m talking about climate as opposed to weather. But it does create a linkage that I think it would be hard for you to say, geez, I don’t know if we’re really doing that. Then what are you doing?”

The Daily Show host discussed the over dramatic over hyping that the 24 hour news cycle has made necessary, “If that was a measured tone, I don’t think you would see people raising the bar on graphics. The problem with 24-hour news cycle is it’s built for a particular thing, 9/11. Other than that, there isn’t 24 hours of stuff to talk about in the same way. How do you keep people watching it? O.J.’s not going to kill someone every day. That’s gone. What do you have to do? You have to elevate the passion of everything else that happens that might even be somewhat mundane and elevate it to the extent that this is breaking news. This is developing news. This is breaking developing news. The aggregate effect of that is that you begin to lose the lexicon. You begin to it lose any meaning of what breaking news means or urgent or look at this or dangerous. That was our montage at the end….”

Stewart also returned to the point of his rally that not everything is a left/right issue, “It was it the language then has to become sharper, louder, to cut through more and more of the noise. What I’m saying is maybe there is a way to not engage in the idea, not to accept the premise — there is a premise out there. The premise is, we are all on this access of left/right. Maybe there’s a different premise. I don’t mean that in the way of partisanship. I mean it in the way of they cover politics. Politics is a Democratic and Republican game. It is left and right. I think the conflict that would be more appropriate to a news channel would be corruption and noncorruption…”

This was a fantastic interview. The most striking thing about it was the tone. I can’t remember the last time two people sat down on prime time cable news and reasonably discussed an issue, especially an issue as explosive as the role of cable news in our national dialogue. I am sure there are some people thinking; oh Maddow and Stewart are both liberals. Of course they got along beautifully, but there was plenty of disagreement in this interview.

The way that disagreements between the two of them were handled made this interview standout, not just for The Rachel Maddow Show, or MSNBC, but for cable news as an industry. Two people sat down and spent an entire program in a discussion that did not involve raised voices, name calling, or gimmicky segments. They sat down and talked, and the result was some great television. In reality, it isn’t just as simple as two people talking. It was the fact that Maddow is one of the best interviewers on cable combined with Jon Stewart, who is a thoughtful, well spoken, intelligent guest.

Expectations were pretty high for this interview, and it delivered. This was a serious discussion about the media, the role of Stewart and The Daily Show as both news commentary and satire, the tone of cable news, the false equivalency between MSNBC and Fox News, and how Jon Stewart views himself as the latest in a long line of satirical comedians. This was truly must see TV, and if you missed it, do yourself a favor and sit down and watch it. At least for one hour, the screaming stopped on one cable news channel and intelligent discussion took its place. Now if we can only do something about those other 23 hours a day, we’ll be good to go.

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Lead Glenn Beck in Time’s Person of the Year Poll

Nov 11 2010 Published by under Featured News

Poor Glenn Beck can’t stop being bested by Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. First, Colbert and Stewart blew Beck’s rally on the National Mall out of the water with the Rally to Restore Sanity, and now they are beating Beck in Time magazine’s reader poll for 2010 person of the year.

Time is doing something a little different this year to drum up interest in their person of the year award. For 2010, they are allowing readers to vote in an online poll for who they think should be the person of the year. The editors aren’t obligated to select the poll winner, but it does give the readers a voice, and make things a little more fun for everyone. Well, almost everyone except Glenn Beck.

On his radio show today, Glenn was very upset that he was in last place in the poll. At the time, Beck had an 18 rating, which was dead last, so of course, Beck did two things. He and his crew told his listeners to go Time’s site and vote for Beck, and he blamed George Soros for his poor showing.

Here is the audio from Media Matters:

The radio campaign worked. Beck has moved from last to 4th now, with 12,525 votes and a rating of 54. However Beck still trails Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who have the highest rating in the poll of 84, and the second highest vote total of 13,763. The second highest rated and total votes leader is Julian Assange of Wikileaks. Glenn Beck apparently doesn’t consider Stewart and Colbert deserving because he said that either the Tea Party or Sarah Palin should be the person of the year.

I say that we can’t stand by and let Glenn Beck and his listeners defeat reasonableness. I urge everyone reading this story to go to and cast your ballot in the Time poll for reasonableness and sanity. Vote for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Let’s show Glenn Beck that he isn’t the only one who can rig a person of the year poll on the Internet. Can you imagine the message it would send if Stewart and Colbert were voted the person of the year.

Despite the fact that it’s really weird that two people can be voted the person of the year, it would be a great platform for Jon Stewart to keep calling for reasonableness and sanity in our political dialogue. Even if Stewart and Colbert only win the Internet poll it is still a victory for sanity, and defeat for the anger and fear personified by Beck. The rally may be over but the drive for sanity marches on.

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Glenn Beck Jumps On the Jon Stewart Bandwagon

Nov 01 2010 Published by under Featured News

On his Fox News program today Glenn Beck claimed that while Jon Stewart’s rally had been co-opted by the left, he still wished him luck with rally and then jumped on the Jon Stewart bandwagon by saying, “Jon we disagree on a great many things, but I don’t think we disagree of the type of people that we need to be as individual Americans.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Beck said, “Again, I believe this rally was co-opted. I think they were just out for promotion for the show and some laughs, but I’m showing you how these rallies are treated so very differently. This rally was about one thing. Get your news from a comedian, because you can trust him. He’s the one like you, and the Huffington Post is your credible news source, not Fox News. I don’t think that’s what Jon Stewart intended.”

Beck then aligned himself with Stewart, “I actually wrote to Jon Stewart I think it was on Thursday or Friday, and I wished him luck with the rally, and I meant it, and after watching his speech, I have to say this, Jon we disagree on a great many things, but I don’t think we disagree of the type of people that we need to be as individual Americans.”

It is funny that Beck would say this today because back on September 20, Beck attacked Jon Stewart and labeled the Rally to Restore Sanity a progressive plot, “They are going to do everything they can to suppress the vote, and then Jon Stewart has shown his colors along with Comedy Central and Stephen Colbert. They are going to activate the youth to try to get them to vote with the labor unions apparently. I guess. I don’t know. That’s why it’s been scheduled the weekend before. Not to suppress that vote, they’ll suppress it all the way up, and then Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert will go and activate the youth to try to get the youth to go out and vote.”

Glenn Beck has long believed that he is Jon Stewart’s equal. Back in May, Beck took credit for boosting Jon Stewart’s ratings, and in September 2009, Beck compared himself to Jon Stewart. In an interview with Katie Couric, he claimed that he is the other end of the spectrum from Jon Stewart, “I am, uh, have you asked Jon Stewart this question? I am the other end of the spectrum.”

In Glenn Beck’s mind he and Jon Stewart are alike, but he and The Daily Show host could not disagree more on the kind of individual Americans we all should be. During his speech, Jon Stewart criticized the very sensationalistic fear mongering tactics that Beck uses every day, “If we amplify everything we hear nothing. There are terrorists and racists and Stalinist and theocrats but those are titles that must be earned. You must have the resume. Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers or real bigots and Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate. Just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe not more. The press is our immune system. If we overreact to everything we actually get sicker and perhaps eczema.”

Glenn Beck is one of the biggest perpetrators of overreaction in the media today. The paragraph quoted above is a direct rejection of Beck’s style of political discourse. Stewart and Beck could not disagree more on the kind of people that Americans should be. Beck wants the American people to never compromise, never see the other side, to never abandon the belief that their side is right. Beck rejects cooperation in favor of anger and fear. Jon Stewart used his rally on Saturday to make a plea for reasonableness, calmness, tolerance, and understanding the other point of view. Stewart was rejecting anger and fear in favor of working together to solve our problems.

Since Glenn Beck could not criticize the Rally to Restore Sanity, he had to do the next best thing. He hopped on the bandwagon. Beck could not claim that his rally was bigger, so he tried to suck off a little bit of the credit for the message for himself. Notice how Beck transformed Jon Stewart from an evil liberal who has shown his true colors to an innocent victim of the liberal machine. The point is to muddy Stewart’s message. Reasonableness is bad for the business of fear, and if all of America started working together, Beck might find himself out of a job.

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The Rally To Restore Sanity Causes a Mainstream Media Meltdown

Oct 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Jon Stewart managed to do something with his Rally to Restore Sanity that hasn’t been done in a long time. He confused the mainstream media to the point of a near collective nervous breakdown. The media couldn’t figure out what this rally was about, and it was only when Stewart explained it to them that they realized that it was about them.

Here are CNN’s TJ Holmes and Kate Bolduan trying to describe the rally:

Holmes introduced Bolduan by saying, “Washington D.C. is gearing up for… something right now, and asked what is this thing?” Bolduan set a tone by trying to put this into the political box, only to leave confused. She said, “It seems that the rally and the people attending here are a little harder to define than many of the other rallies that we’ve covered.” She tried to tie it to the 2010 election only to have attendees tell her that this isn’t about the election.

A report on NBC’s Today show echoed the what is this thing question and called the rally and intersection of politics and entertainment:

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Over at Fox News, they asked people if this was a political statement, people said no, and Fox continued to shade the rally as a pro-liberal pro-Obama event:
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The media just didn’t get it. In fact, the whole point of the rally eluded them until Jon Stewart told them during his speech to close the event. Stewart explained that the media themselves were part of the point of the rally. Cable news’ approach is part of the problem, “But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country’s 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder. The press can hold its magnifying up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous flaming ant epidemic. ”

He continued, “If we amplify everything we hear nothing. There are terrorists and racists and Stalinist and theocrats but those are titles that must be earned. You must have the resume. Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers or real bigots and Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate. Just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe not more. The press is our immune system. If we overreact to everything we actually get sicker and perhaps eczema.”

Television news was paralyzed and confused when they had to cover an event that did not fit into their polarized partisan model. The idea that a rally would be held that wasn’t about politics or supporting a particular candidate or party left them stunned. They were equally dumbfounded by the idea that hundreds of thousands of Americans would show up to an event that had no political motive. They couldn’t figure it.

The corporate media didn’t expect anyone to catch on to their role as the dissemination system for partisan polarization. The media may not be to blame for the partisan divisions in our country, but they definitely help to spread and reinforce them by tilting their coverage towards conflict and sensationalism, while completely neglecting information and rational discussion. I think this rally was reflection of the extremist fatigue that most people feel. People want to feel good and like they can come together for something.

On this one day regular people wanted to show that media may be broken, but America isn’t. The American people came calling today, and their message was loud and clear. They not only want their country back, but they want their sanity back as well. What the media could not figure out was that Jon Stewart had a message that was bigger than politics. His message was that America is fine. It is our media and hyper partisanship that is broken, and Stewart advocated for everyone to work together to solve our problems. The media won’t like it, but this rally was about how great America can be, and how much of a problem they have become.

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At Least 250,000 Attend Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity

Oct 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Everyone knew today’s Rally to Restore Sanity would be a hit, and if the independent estimates of crowd size are any indication, Jon Stewart’s rally was the most well attended of the year as it is estimated that at least 250,000 people attended. This number easily doubles and almost triples the attendance for Glenn Beck’s Rally to Restore Honor.

A CTV story estimated the crowd size at 250,000, “In an impassioned 15-minute speech, Stewart told a crowd estimated to number at least 250,000, that their presence has restored his sanity.” Even the AP conservatively offered an estimate that the crowd size rivaled Beck’s, “Screens showed a variety of pundits and politicians from the left and right, engaged in divisive rhetoric. Prominently shown: Glenn Beck, whose conservative Restoring Honor rally in Washington in August was part of the motivation for the Stewart and Colbert event, called the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. It appeared to rival Beck’s rally in attendance.”

During the rally, the hosts of Myth Busters estimated the crowd at 150,000. No matter which estimate one chooses to go with, it’s clear that the crowd size greatly exceeded the 60,000 that Comedy Central expected when they applied for their park permit. There were reports that the crowd exceeded the designated rally area and spilled out into other parts of the National Mall, so it is a pretty safe to say that hundreds of thousands of people were there.

Right wing media has responded to the success of Stewart’s rally, not by denying his attendance numbers, but inflating Beck’s rally attendance figures. Even though independent estimates put the size of Beck’s rally at 87,000-96,000 attendees, conservative media, lead by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Beck himself have turned the Rally to Restore Honor into a mythic event which was attended by a half a million people. Of course, those who make these claims have absolutely no proof to back it up, and they never question the fact that these inflated attendance figures come from biased sources.

This week Beck proclaimed that unless Jon Stewart drew a million people his rally would be a failure. Beck said, “I love this. Barack Obama is going on The Daily Show. If there’s not a million people at the mall. They have Oprah. They have Barack Obama. They have The Huffington Post, all paying for these trips. There should be 300 million people on the mall, or they are absolutely the most powerless people on the planet.”

Instead of looking powerless, it seems the Rally to Restore Sanity has outdrawn any live event that Glenn Beck has ever done. The sad reality is that the argument over which rally was bigger will only serve to highlight the polarized disconnect in our country. Many who are willing to use facts will accept that Stewart’s rally was larger than Beck’s, while the right wing ideologues will hold on to their fairy tale of a half a million people at Beck’s rally, but at least for one day reasonableness became a topic in our a national dialogue. For this reason alone, no matter how many people attended The Rally to Restore Sanity was a success.

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Rush Limbaugh Claims that the Rally to Restore Sanity Helps the Republicans

Oct 27 2010 Published by under Featured News

In what can best be described as a delusional rant, on his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh wove a tale of how the Rally to Restore Sanity helps Republicans. Limbaugh called Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, “half baked comedians,” and claimed that they tell, “Putrid jokes.” Limbaugh also predicted that the rally will draw 65,000 people.

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Limbaugh said, “Democrats are looking to a pair of comedians to do what Obama and Bill Clinton, and dozens of other leaders have not done yet this election season, that’s get party members excited about voting, and so these two comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. What? He pronounces it Colbert? It’s not Colbert? Oh. Ok. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert expect tens of thousands of fans to join them at the Rally to Restore Sanity on October 30. Three days before the election.”

He continued, “I hope you all go. I hope every Democrat in the country goes. I hope every union member abandons your precinct, abandons every bit of work you are doing on the election, and goes to Washington, sits around, gets drunk, smoke some doobies, and listens to some putrid jokes told by a couple of half baked comedians. What a brilliant scheme. If I didn’t know better I would say that Stewart and Colbert are working for the Republican, a giant rally three days before the election taking Democrats away from polling places, away from the heavy work and the heavy lifting of getting out the vote. Right on.”

Later Limbaugh claimed that Stewart and Colbert are jealous of Beck and the rally will only draw 65,000 people, “Everybody abandon your state head to Washington three days before the election and spend your time doing whatever, while the Tea Party and others are busy working to produce giant turnout on Tuesday, while you Democrats turn out on Saturday in a meaningless show of what? For a couple of comedians who simply can’t get over the fact that Glenn Beck drew over a half million people, and they’re barely going to get over 65,000, and that’s if Arianna Huffington comes through with the free buses.”

Rush Limbaugh is so out of the loop that he did not know how to pronounce Stephen Colbert’s name, and as usual when we discuss anything that comes out of Limbaugh’s mouth, a few things need to be corrected. First of all, his “fact” that Glenn Beck drew over 500,000 people to his Rally to Restore Honor is a total lie. Objective estimates place the size of the crowd at 87,000-100,000. Over a half of a million people did not attend Beck’s rally. The aerial pictures of the event are enough to debunk this right wing myth.

Secondly, Limbaugh’s claim that on 65,000 people will attend the rally was the gibberish of a delusional old man. The official Rally to Restore Sanity Facebook page lists 223,929 people who have committed to attending. There are going to be a hell of a lot more than 65,000 people there. In fact, attendance for the Rally to Restore Sanity should blow any rally the right wing has put together out of the water.

People like Limbaugh are trying to frame the Rally to Restore Sanity as a Democratic get out the vote operation, because they have to find some way to discredit the event and massive crowd that it is going to draw. Contrary to Rush’s fantasy, every Democrat is not going to D.C. this weekend. There will be plenty of them all over the country working hard to get out the vote for Tuesday.

There is no reason for Stewart and Colbert to be jealous of Beck. The ratings show that they already have more viewers than Beck, so Limbaugh is obviously projecting his own jealousy on to the Comedy Central hosts. Rush Limbaugh is so jealous of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that he concocted this wild fantasy to try to diminish their success. On Saturday, Limbaugh and the right are going to get a taste of the future, and the future doesn’t like what Rush Limbaugh is selling.

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Fox Claims Union Members Are Being Bused in At Gunpoint for Stewart/Colbert Rally

Oct 27 2010 Published by under Featured News

The Fox News paranoia over Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity reached Tom Ridge terror alert level red today, as Monica Crowley claimed on Fox Business that, “There are a lot of union members who are actually being bused in at gunpoint by their union leadership.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

On Fox Business’ Varney and Company, Monica Crowley did her best to discredit the Stewart/Colbert rally by claiming that union members were being bused in at gunpoint to the rally. She said, “Well, but there are a lot of union members who are actually being bused in at gunpoint by their union leadership.” When Varney countered not at gunpoint, Crowley said, “In some cases yes, at gunpoint.”

Later she tied the Stewart/Colbert rally to Obama’s plot to get young people to vote on Election Day, “Obama has been targeting one group over and over again over the last two months, and that’s the kids. That’s the college students. He’s been all over campuses. He’s had these speeches broadcast nationwide to college campuses. He is targeting the kids, because the kids along with minority groups, African-Americans, Latinos last time were the core constituencies that came out for him last time.”

Host Stuart Varney later tried to correct Crowley that nobody was being bused in at gunpoint, and she took the opportunity to drive the point home one more time by saying, “But we are talking about some unions here, Stuart.” After Varney said again that it was symbolic, Crowley said, “Ok, I’ll concede the point.” This is the typical Fox News model. Crowley spent almost two minutes discrediting the rally and spreading fear about unions, and five seconds at the very end of the segment admitting that it is not true. What messages do think stuck with viewers? People are being forced to attend the Stewart/Colbert rally, and that the rally is designed to help Obama.

After former Fox News employee Major Garrett admitted that the business model of Fox News is based on keeping America divided, it is no surprise that the Fox operation is pushing back so hard at an event that is designed to reject the polarizing extremism that Fox News preaches. In the long term, if Stewart and Colbert have a half a million people attend the rally, and the seed of moderation gets planted, Fox News might find their style of “reporting” rejected.

The media keeps missing the point of this rally. The point is not political. Contrary to what Fox says, this is not an event to help Democrats. The message behind the Rally to Restore Sanity is social. Stewart’s is advocating for the return of civil moderate behavior to our national discourse. Mainstream media is missing the point that much of message of this rally is directed at them. By trying to fit the event into a constructed political narrative, they are reinforcing Jon Stewart’s point about their inability to cover any issue without polarizing it.

No one is getting bused in on Saturday at gunpoint. No one on stage is going to be telling the audience that God is speaking to them, or urging them to take their country back. This event is News Corp’s worst nightmare come to life. Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering in at the historic National Mall to reject the very environment that has allowed Fox News and other media outlets to prosper. Often comedy delivers the most penetrating social commentary. Fox News my demonize Jon Stewart, and distort the purpose of the rally, but they can’t dilute the message that America is suffering from a severe case of extremist fatigue.

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Due to Obama Beck Proclaims The Rally to Restore Sanity a Failure

Oct 20 2010 Published by under Featured News

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck continued his attack on Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. Beck claimed that that unless Stewart draws a million people, the rally is a failure. Beck said, “If there’s not a million people at the mall…There should be 300 million people on the mall or they are absolutely the most powerless people on the planet.”

Here is the audio via Media Matters:

Beck said, “I love this. Barack Obama is going on The Daily Show. If there’s not a million people at the mall. They have Oprah. They have Barack Obama. They have The Huffington Post, all paying for these trips. There should be 300 million people on the mall, or they are absolutely the most powerless people on the planet.”

In Beckian Logic, Obama’s appearance on The Daily Show on the week of the rally means that the only way the rally is successful is if millions of people show up, because apparently this is now all about the power of Obama to draw people to a rally that isn’t political, and that he won’t be attending. In Beck’s mind if Barack Obama does not inspire a million people to attend Jon Stewart’s rally, then Obama is powerless, and the rally is a failure.

Just to make it clear, Obama is not going to be at the Rally to Restore Sanity. He is going on The Daily Show the week of the rally. Oprah Winfrey is not going to be at the rally. When Beck said “they have”, he implied that these people are going to be there. They aren’t, because the Rally to Restore Sanity is not a political rally. Beck regularly compares himself to Jon Stewart, and claims that he boosts Stewart’s ratings. Never mind the reality that Stewart’s Comedy Central has more averages more viewers than Beck on Fox News.

What Beck also doesn’t mention is that all of his rallies have been promoted by Fox News and corporate special interest front groups like Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity. These groups have always paid to bus people in to his rallies. Beck wants to pretend that his rallies are organic gatherings, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is laughable that Beck is proclaiming that it is a million people or bust for Stewart/Colbert, when his own Rally to Restore Honor was a total bomb that could only draw roughly 100,000 people.

Beck knows that the 10/30 rally is going to not only humiliate him, but also expose his weakness of his movement. This is why Beck has spent weeks attacking or trying to frame attendance expectations for Stewart’s rally. Last month, Beck labeled the Stewart/Colbert a progressive plot. Since that didn’t catch on Beck is now trying to lay the groundwork for labeling the rally a failure.

The Rally to Restore Sanity presents a huge threat to Glenn Beck and every other millionaire right wing media star that has made their fortune by engaging in extremism and fear. Needless to say, sanity is bad for Beck’s business. Glenn needs to keep the narrative alive that the country is in peril, and he is our savior. When hundreds of thousands of people show up in support of a message of reasonableness and sanity, it will be a direct repudiation of Glenn Beck.

Jon Stewart might draw a million people to his rally, but it is a given that the attendance figures for the Rally To Restore Sanity will blow away Beck’s Rally to Restore Honor. Even though the Stewart/Colbert event is not a political rally, it will hopefully put to rest the myth that the far right wing of American politics represents a majority of the country. On October 30, we are going to see the “real America,” not a small gathering of die hard conservative extremists who still haven’t gotten over the fact that they lost the 2008 election.

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Jon Stewart Hilariously Mocks MSNBC’s New Move Forward Slogan

Oct 12 2010 Published by under Featured News

On The Daily Show last night Jon Stewart, he of the supposed liberal media bias, took square aim at the supposedly liberal cable news network MSNBC for their terrible new slogan and ad campaign titled Move Forward. Stewart said, “It’s like when Nike came out with Just Do It, and Reebok answered with For Where Your Pants End. It’s just lame.”

Here is the video via The Daily Show:

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Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Stewart started a very non-Fox biased, “You have noticed that we talk a lot about the Fox News network on this show for two reasons. First, they’re terrible, terrible. Second, they’re the best. In cable news, Fox kicks everyone’s ass, higher ratings, stronger personalities, and most important a clear sense of purpose with a brand that everyone knows Fair and Balanced. The network’s essence distilled into a single phrase clearly conveying the message, your source for hyper partisan horseshit. Great branding, way better than CNN’s, “If you’re watching this, your flights been canceled.”

Stewart then discussed MSNBC’s new campaign. After playing one of the nonsensical clips in the campaign, he continued, “Well, maybe the print ads will help us understand this. Oh, there’s Rachel Maddow leaning forward, I guess, apparently having dropped something, and there’s Keith Olbermann leaning backwards. Is it really this hard? Is it? I don’t think I’m understanding. That’s what you’re bringing against Fox? Yeah, good luck. It’s like when Nike came out with Just Do It, and Reebok answered with For Where Your Pants End. It’s just lame.”

He said it would be a bad sign if your network president had to put out a video explaining the campaign then he played a video of MSNBC President Phil Griffin having to explain what the hell Lean Forward is really about America always changing for the better. Stewart added, “Yeah, America changing for the better. By the way is that CNN on the background? I guess you were at the airport. By the way, is that what MSNBC is all about? America always changing for the better, that’s what you’re promoting on your network. Have you told your staff that? He then played a clip of virtually every MSNBC personality expressing relentless negativity about America today.

Not only is Move Forward lame, but it doesn’t explain the product at all, and it makes no sense. This is a terrible campaign, and a complete waste of money. You know MSNBC paid some expensive advertising agency to come up with this campaign and focus group it to the max, and this is the best they came up with? I would love to either meet the focus groups that gave this a resounding thumbs up, or see the other alternatives that were turned down.

I’ve come up with three other possible campaign slogans that didn’t quite make the cut:

1). MSNBC: Nothing Says Sizzle Like Andrea Mitchell

2). MSNBC: Still 100% Latino Free

3). MSNBC: It Could Always Be Worse. You Could Be Watching CNN Right Now

For all of those people on the Right who demonize Jon Stewart and his “liberal show,” I’d like them to watch this segment. Stewart doesn’t have a political agenda. He does have an agenda about media accountability, but he doesn’t have a partisan agenda. It is endless frustrating to watch and read so many of the self righteous political pundits in this country try to attach a political motive to everything that Stewart does, for example, The Rally to Restore Sanity, which isn’t about politics, and won’t impact the midterm elections a couple of days later, no matter how myopically the talking heads analyze it.

With their constant thrust to fit him into their predefined political narrative, the media has proven Jon Stewart’s point for him. Cable news needs to break away from the entertainment that passes as news, and try to focus on returning to its original purpose of factual reporting and news gathering. This will never happen because of how profitable the current model is. Fox News makes a mountain of profit. MSNBC is one of the most profitable divisions in the whole NBC family. Even CNN despite their ratings struggle pulls in strong profits.

The news media has shifted from being run as a public service with a civic duty to report the news to a center for corporate profits. Jon Stewart has been the singular voice advocating for “restoring sanity” to our media. That’s what the 10/30 rally is about. It is about getting rid of lame, slick, branding, like MSNBC’s latest terrible misfire, and replacing it with programming that is informative. As Stewart himself has proven with his comedy show, it is possible to be entertaining and informative, but as long as news divisions are being run with only profit in mind, our news will continue to vanish from what are supposed to be news networks.

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