Restoring Sanity

Here’s Jon Stewart’s 12-minute concluding speech at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear from Saturday at the National Mall in Washington.

Just prior to the speech, Stephen Colbert presented two video montages of TV news media clips. The point of the rally was to comment on our news media, journalists and journalism organizations (“the country‚Äôs 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator”) that have failed in their duty to inform the public, the very organizations that, for the most part, set our national agenda. The image of America shown to us is not reality, and yet that image influences the real world. This is a parenting issue, if you care about the world our kids inherit.

Here is the counterpoint, from Bill Maher:


2 Responses to “Restoring Sanity”

  1. P.A. says:

    I heard several folks on TV today say that it is our responsibility (as the viewers) to fact-check after we watch a news program. Do they not see the problem with that statement? If I watch the news, I hope that the facts have already been checked. I mean, that’s their job, right? No? You mean their job is to make ratings that make money that make the networks obscenely wealthy?

    It will take someone much much smarter than me to sort this out, obviously. In the meantime, I’m going to go back to hanging up on the robocalls every 5 minutes.

    November 1st, 2010 at 3:59 pm

  2. Bev says:

    It’s been interesting seeing how the cable news people, including people I have heretofore respected have put down the message of this rally. To her credit, I don’t think Rachel Maddow has weighed in on it (yet).

    November 1st, 2010 at 4:50 pm