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November 1, 2010

Well, that was unexpected. While criticizing the “Rally To Restore Sanity,” Keith Olbermann actually bent to it a little bit. He’s taking a break from the most well-known segment of “Countdown,” the “Worst Person in the World” segment, which (hilariously enough) was created in an attempt to defend Tucker “mining Journolist for traffic” Carlson. Is this temporary? Is it a pre-election stunt? Does it matter? Who cares! It’s Keith, admitting Jon Stewart’s rally got to him while at the same time saying it didn’t really get to him. source

22:46 // 3 years ago

After the party: Reddit and Fark feel used by Stewart & Colbert

  • delight After weeks of heavy suggestion from the Internet, specifically Reddit, Comedy Central goes forward with “The Rally To Restore Sanity.” Everyone’s estatic.
  • dissing One of the co-founders of Reddit asks Stewart at a press conference how the Internet helped influence them to do the rally. His response? “It didn’t hurt.” Ouch.
  • drama Drew Curtis of Fark loudly rips Comedy Central for giving the Internet too little credit for sparking the idea. It’s the angriest we’ve ever seen Drew. source

» The lesson to take here: DO NOT PISS OFF THE INTERNET. EVEN IF YOU’RE JON FREAKING STEWART. THEY WILL TURN ON YOU.

19:08 // 3 years ago
October 31, 2010

Max Headroom: Examples of amplifying everything & hearing nothing

  • We hear nothing Jon Stewart had this killer line during his twelve-minute rant: “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” It’s so relevant to this video that you know that the second this moron starts yelling that you can ignore basically anything he says. He obviously heard nothing in the speech.
  • Missing the point And here’s someone who missed the whole point of the whole driving-through-the-tunnel analogy, which is that we have our differences and such but we’re just normal people. This guy instead suggests that “sanity” will be restored by Tuesday’s election. Not the same thing, buddy.
  • Here’s the point You know what critics of the rally are missing out of all of this? The inherent, almost simplistic euphoria that was around the event. The excitement that was there. There’s no politics in this video. Only a simple exchange between a random dude and a hot girl holding an “America” sign. Fuck yeah!
22:04 // 3 years ago

DC Metro numbers suggest huge “Rally to Restore Sanity” crowds

  • 350,000 number of trips the DC Metro has on an average Saturday
  • 825,437 number of trips the DC Metro had yesterday source

» To put it in perspective: The rally had the highest Saturday ridership ever – passing the record set in June 1991, when a rally was held for Operation Desert Storm. That rally gave Metro around 786,358 trips that day. And assuming the riders went round-trip yesterday, that means 237,719 extra riders were on the Metro yesterday. That doesn’t mean 237,719 extra people – the tally doesn’t account for multiple trips by the same rider – but suffice it to say that the crowd was really huge yesterday. And no, the Beck rally (which also took place on a Saturday) didn’t even rate in the top five (which is what we know you were really wondering).

20:26 // 3 years ago
October 30, 2010
How big was the crowd at the Rally To Restore Sanity, anyway?: Comedy Central estimated 250,000, which would be bigger than many estimates (but not the official estimate) of the Glenn Beck rally. Either way, it was freaking massive. source

How big was the crowd at the Rally To Restore Sanity, anyway?: Comedy Central estimated 250,000, which would be bigger than many estimates (but not the official estimate) of the Glenn Beck rally. Either way, it was freaking massive. source

19:45 // 3 years ago
"Rally To Restore Sanity": Faceless bureaucrats plan counter-rally: Just before the “Rally To Restore Sanity” happens this morning, a bunch of faceless bureaucrats hope to prove that they, in fact, have a face. source

"Rally To Restore Sanity": Faceless bureaucrats plan counter-rally: Just before the “Rally To Restore Sanity” happens this morning, a bunch of faceless bureaucrats hope to prove that they, in fact, have a face. source

9:26 // 3 years ago
October 27, 2010
The President hasn’t been shy about going to the places where people are getting their information and trying to make his case. And I think that’s what he’ll do on the show.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs • Admitting that Obama’s reasons for going on “The Daily Show” are a last-ditch effort to build some momentum going into the midterms. Which, let’s face it, there are much worse ways to do that. We just wish it wasn’t so calculated. In other Jon Stewart-related news, TBD has a pretty entertaining takedown of all the media pundits who have been freaking out over “The Rally to Restore Sanity” and “The March to Keep Fear Alive,” many of which are along the lines of “omigodhe’sgonetoofarthistime” screeds. Use your heads, guys. It’s no worse than any other rally. source (via)
10:36 // 3 years ago