Indecision Delegate: Sara Benincasa Will Entertain You with a Bevy of Photos from Her Trip to the Rally, America!
Hello, Concerned Citizens! 'Tis I, Sara Benincasa, your Indecision Delegate, here with a bevy of photos from our nation's capital (which is Washington, D.C. Just FYI.) I had such a delightful time at the Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear a few weeks back that it's taken me this long to recover sufficiently to show you the fun pics I took with my AT&T Blackberry Torch. Behold the power and the wonder of cameraphone adventures!
We began our journey shooting a delightful video at Ford's Theatre, where Abraham Lincoln was shot at close range by John Wilkes-Booth. I greatly enjoy Important Assassinations of Note, so I was in a rollicking good mood. Despite my charmingly accessible, nonthreatening exterior, I'm sort of a creepy goth on the inside.
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Cramming for Midterms, Lincoln Memorial, Rally to Restore Sanity, Sara Benincasa, Washington DC
Alright, America! Calm down! Just calm the eff down! I said CALM DOWN!!!
I know we're all on edge about this apparent huge dust-up in which Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, according to Fark's Drew Curtis, apparently dissing Reddit — the online community that helped spread the word about the rally for lo these many months — in their press post-conference conference on Saturday. (I know! My heart is being downvoted right to the pit of my stomach.)
And look! Fox News is reporting it in this post called "Jon Stewart Slaps the Internet in the Face." This must be an incredibly real issue…
Fark.com founder Drew Curtis is incensed that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert haven't given the online community due credit for the success of the Rally to Restore Sanity.
The rally, co-hosted by the Comedy Central comedians, drew a crowd estimated at 250,000 this past Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. — a crowd inspired and fueled by community activism on Fark.com and online bookmarking site Reddit. Yet when Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian asked Stewart what role the Internet played in convincing him to hold the rally, the response was clear: "it didn't hurt."
Oh, my! Reddit must simply be in a tizzy! They must have gotten a fainting couch for their fainting couch over this!
If only there were somebody from Reddit to explain exactly how red hot their anger is over this slight. Like, maybe Reddit admin Mike "Raldi" Schiraldi…
I appreciate Drew Curtis' looking out for us, but honestly, we had a great time and don't really care about who gets the credit.
At "best", we convinced Comedy Central to pull the trigger on something they were kicking around indecisively and might have otherwise not done.
At "worst", they were totally committed to doing it anyway and we "just" pulled off an incredible donation movement for a really good cause, beefed up attendance numbers, and got to meet hundreds of redditors in person.
I think I speak for all the staff when I say that we love Jon and Stephen, regret nothing, and don't feel anyone owes us an apology.
Edit: That said, Fark is cool and we like Drew. : )
Wow! That is some real explosive anger right there! I'm not sure what that symbol at the end means, but I think it's some kind of a bow and a couple grenades. Like, a grenade-shooting bow, I think. I'm pretty sure. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few grenade-shooting bows in my time.
Tags: Fox, Internet, Jon Stewart, Rally to Restore Sanity, Reddit, Stephen Colbert
About an hour after the end of the Rally to Restore Sanity, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert appeared at Washington DC's National Press Club full of reasonable afterglow to talk to reporters about the live, three-hour show they'd just pulled off. Here is a collection of the seven best quotes from the press conference.
1. "I improvised everything I did, right off the top. Can I have a suggestion of a location and an occupation?!" – Stephen Colbert
2. "We have a show on Monday, and we gotta go write that, and then we have a live show Tuesday, normally that would be the hardest thing we do this year, so we gotta go hump for two days. We have a Wednesday show too, and a then a Thursday show, and then we have to keep doing them 'til Thanksgiving." -Stephen Colbert on what's next
3. "I'm wearing a flannel shirt, it's designed by people who make flannel…" -Jon Stewart to a reporter from Extra
4. "I don't think there's any interview that I've done that I don't leave going "I wish I'd done that better." For instance, I called [Obama] dude, but when King Abdullah of Jordan was on I called him Broseph so it's just something I do…." -Jon Stewart
5. " Am I jealous of Jon? Yes." -Stephen Colbert
6. "I can't believe comedycentral.com gave us a gotcha question! They work with us! That is out of line, lady!" -Jon Stewart in response to our question as to whether they had anything to say to people who couldn't make it to the Rally.
7. "Don't care, just don't care. We're proud of ourselves, we're proud of the show we did, and for us, the success of it was the execution of the idea and the intention. You can't control people's reaction to it." -Jon Stewart, on critics
Watch the press conference in its entirety after the jump.
Tags: Jon Stewart, March to Keep Fear Alive, Rally to Restore Sanity, Stephen Colbert
Here's a collection of some of our favorite signs YOU uploaded to our Flickr stream. You're SIMPLY THE BEST! Keep uploading them with the tag sanityandorfear!
Tags: March to Keep Fear Alive, Rally to Restore Sanity
So, NewLeftMedia went to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Saturday, just as they had gone to a bunch of teabagger events before, to get a sense of the type of people in attendance. I'm only a little bit of the way through this so far, but these liberal attendees don't seem particularly idiotic or mock-worthy…
Wait a minute. What are those people saying about 9/11 and George W. Bush around 3:15 minutes in?
Could it be…?
Tags: 9/11, Jon Stewart, Rally to Restore Sanity, Stephen Colbert, Truthers, Washington DC