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The Best Moments From Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 1st 2010 7:40AM
The Best Moments From Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity'This weekend, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held their 'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear' (Sat., 12PM ET on Comedy Central). The rally was a counterpart to Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' march, held a few months back.

The goal was to share political views in an inoffensive manner. Moderation was the ideal; Stewart showed video clips of media figures (such as Mr. Beck) who supposedly used polarizing speech.

Since the event was hosted by comedians, the whole thing was a joke -- or was it? A bunch of celebs attended, including Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow. But Stewart stopped the music and jokes to deliver this message: "I thought we might have a moment ... for some sincerity. ... I can't control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions."

Stewart said he didn't intend to ridicule people living in the "heartland." He admitted that times were "hard." But he added this: "We live now in hard times, not end times." Jon felt the 24-hour cable news cycle led to increased polarization. "If we amplify everything, we hear nothing." The host said that the media had falsely divided Americans.

Despite it all, Stewart offered a message of hope. "We work together to get things done every damn day," he concluded. "'Sanity' will always be ... in the eye of the beholder," he told the crowd. "But seeing you here today ... has restored mine."

CBS News estimated that the Stewart rally had more than twice as many participants as the Glenn Beck rally: about 215,000 members to 87,000. What do you think? Was Stewart offering a unifying message? Was it partisan? Was it just more of the same?

Check out the rest of TV Squad's Rally to Restore Sanity Coverage:

Keeping Things Moderately Reasonable on the Ground at the Rally to Restore Sanity (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Reflect on Rally: We Did It! Now What?

20 Reasonably Funny Signs from the Rally to Restore Sanity

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I love Stewart's message, but seeing as he's been one of the most major divisive voices until this most dramatic political seashon, he should have had the grace to acknowledge his part in causinng this divide. "Conflictamator" a new word for Webster's. A great turnout, but I see mostly white hands.

November 01 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hank Shiffman

I've been trying to figure out why the rally matters, assuming of course it does. What went on in the crowd was kind of amazing. A couple of hundred thousand people (and yeah, it felt like that many) packed into a tight space and getting along, listening, talking, agreeing, arguing, apologizing when we bumped into each other. And afterward feeling liked we'd been part of a moment of cheer and reasonableness. No revelations, except for the fact that there are a bunch of us in this country who want to make it all work, and who think the yelling and the fearmongering aren't helping. I'm glad I was there, and wish you all could have been as well.

November 01 2010 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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