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Huge crowds of people attracted by Rally to Restore Sanity

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Massive crowds of people turned out for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” at the National Mall within the nation's capitol. The event, the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” was eagerly awaited and crowds of people were estimated at over 200,000. It had been a good half day of activities. Numerous guest speakers and musical acts were there as well. Commentators were skewered, and pleas to raising the civility of our national discourse were made. Post resource - Rally to Restore Sanity irks pundits but draws huge crowds

The starting with a benediction with the 'Rally to Restore Sanity'

The "Rally to Restore Sanity " after introductions from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, started with a Benediction by Father Guido Sarducci, the fictional priest from Saturday Night Live played by Don Novello. After that, the rally was in full swing with musical interludes from a variety of acts between typical Stewart and Colbert banter. An evil Kinevil suit had been what Colbert sported at the beginning. Of course, American Flag pullovers were worn by both of them at one point. Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, The Roots and Tony Bennett, and one other contrast was what was displayed when it came to music. ”Peace Train” had been performed by Yusuf Islam, who was Cat Stevens before, as Stewart invited him. Ozzy Osbourne had been then invited by Colbert to sing “Crazy Train” and “Love Train” was sung by O’Jays at the end.

What the media needs to say

Taking shots at some media had been a large portion of why the rally had been done. Kareem Abdul Jabbar and R2D2 made appearance through the show with the musical numbers. Between those, they made fun of Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann who were shown in clips. Olbermann, according to Politico, posted on Twitter that Stewart had "jumped the shark.". Other commentators just dismissed it all when the rally was talked about. There were a lot of people who showed up to the Stewart and Colbert rally. About 200,000 showed up.

The end was odd

Near the end of the rally, Comedy Central abruptly pulled coverage of the rally and broadcast the Simon Pegg movie "Hot Fuzz," which Pegg apologized for on Twitter, maintaining he had nothing to do with it.

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Sun 24 October 2010


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