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Stewart and Colbert to Hold Competing National Rallies

posted Mar 25, 2011, 10:38 PM by Golden Knight

By Marc Magallanes


In response to Glenn Beck’s “Rally to Restore Honor” on August 27th, Comedy Central mainstays Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert plan to conduct rallies of their own  in the Washington Mall only days before the November elections.

Jon Stewart called on his viewers and the 80% of the rationally thinking population to join a “million moderate march” on the Washington Mall this October 30th. His aptly named “Rally to Restore Sanity” aims to proclaim to the world that the rational among us deserve a voice in a country that is being increasingly dominated by the other 15-20% of people who are vocally radical. His announcement came midway through “The Daily Show”, a platform where he frequently pokes fun at Glen Beck and other political pundits. Some comically reasonable slogans that he has incorporated include “9/11 was an outside job” and “I disagree with you, but I’m pretty sure you’re not Hitler”. He hopes to turn the tide of increasing insanity, which he believes is infiltrating America, in time for the elections.

Not to be out done, the “Colbert Report’s” Stephen Colbert plans to hold his own rally in response to Stewart’s “million moderate march”. This rally, or the ominously named “March to Keep Fear Alive”, will compete with Stewart’s rally and will employ Colbert’s trademark satire of right-wing political punditry. On his show, he reminds the Colbert Nation that the “reason” Stewart advocates for is only one letter away from “treason”. His “march” boasts to fight against Stewart’s rally and to restore “truthiness”.

If it’s true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Glen Beck will certainly be flattered.