Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” at the National Mall in Washington Saturday. The event was for a joint rally that crowded streets, taxed the transit system and flooded the Mall.
The two comedians’ skewering of the media, Democrats and Republicans has been lauded as a great way to appeal to a large segment of the population, especially young voters, frustrated by politicians and the murky political process that takes place in Congress.
Washington post reports, that Stewart said, “The only place we don’t is here or on cable TV. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.”
Interestingly, Stewart and Colbert built their stage on the opposite end of the Mall from the Lincoln Memorial steps, where conservative commentator Glenn Beck led a similarly vast and homogeneous crowd two months ago. That rally, with its religious theme of “Restoring Honor,” had conservative political undertones and prompted Saturday’s satiric response.
Also, the two rallies represented two distinct television audiences and self-identifying political constituencies.
Yusuf Islam and Ozzy Osbourne even performed a few songs onstage.