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Restoring sanity and keeping fear alive: comedy's sweethearts announce competing rallies




Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing rallies to be held on October 30, 2010 in Washington D.C.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing rallies to be held on October 30, 2010 in Washington D.C.
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Yesterday, Jon Stewart finally made his big announcement: he'll be holding a "Restoring Sanity" rally in Washington D.C. on October 30th. The rally, Stewart says is a "million moderate march" and a "clarion call for rationality" to counter the heated protests thrown by both the left and right over the last few years. As promised, Stephen Colbert announced he would be holding a "March to Keep Fear Alive" on the same date, in the same location as Stewart's "Restoring Sanity". The two play off of one another often, and are more or less presenting the rallies as a giant mockery of American political action, but could their "cynical chic" approach to politics actually garner support from the public, especially the youth? Is it really just fun and games, or could these rallies lead to a full-fledged movement?

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David Folkenflik, NPR’s media correspondent

Karen Sternheimer, professor of sociology at USC specializing in media, youth, and culture