Today some people may or may not head to the capital for the Jon Stewart / Steven Colbert rally. My guess is it won’t be too large but in this country there literally are hundreds of thousands of people looking for a place to party a bit.
This whole idea is pretty lame and really makes fun of the American civil protest history. I’m personally conflicted on whether this is good or bad. I often get tired of watching people tear up the national mall in DC with trash. Leaving what must be considerable damage. Lucky Glenn Beck and the tea Party rally’s have been remarkably clean. However these rallies do seem to get at least some politicians attention.
The one good thing about this rally are the causes that both Steward and Colbert are promoting.
The rally is promoting charitable causes. Stewart is asking attendees to help restore the National Mall, which has a $400 million backlog of deferred maintenance. Colbert is asking people to contribute to Donors Choose, which raises money for school supplies; proceeds from sales of rally merchandise also will go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund to help injured soldiers.
Mostly this is just a gimmick. I’m sure there will be plenty of signs to comment on for days though.
UPDATE: interesting twist. Humm Control folks.
Irony reaches new heights as Comedy Central is going to “strictly prohibit filming” of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive. PJTV’s Washington Bureau chief Richard Pollock inquired with the Comedy Central’s senior vice president of corporate communications Steve Albani about receiving credentials. Albani claimed that Pollock would not be given credentials because of limited supply, and as such there would be no room on the “press riser” for PJTV’s camera and crew. When Pollock said that he’d be fine with filming not on the press riser, Albani said that filming would be “strictly prohibited” between 3rd and 7th streets on the National Mall (ground zero for the event). The email exchange is further down.
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