Since we all couldn't make it to Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity this past weekend in D.C., we figured we'd offer you, our lovely and intelligent Instinct readers, the next best option for some coverage: A Leading Man!
Chase Whiteside, of New Left Media, along with his production partners Erick Stoll and Zac Sleeth headed to Washington to do what they do best—talk to people and find out what Americans are really thinking, worrying and discussing.
Now maybe we're a little biased (since we did pick Chase to be one of our 2010 Leading Men), but we think this take on the rally is a must see! Take a few minutes and make it your lunchtime entertainment for the day. Here's what New Left Media had to say about the event, followed by their video coverage:
On October 30, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the National Mall for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” called for by Jon Stewart on his show. - While participants attended for a variety of reasons, many of them raised concerns about the deteriorating state of news media, especially the hyperbolic and hyperpartisan content of 24/7 cable news networks. - Many of those who expressed concerns nonetheless cited partisan news outlets as their primary source for news, while others cited The Daily Show, something Mr. Stewart has discouraged. - Not a single participant listed their regional newspaper as a source for news, and it was telling that the majority of the people we spoke to were unaware of the details of the elections in their congressional districts (this despite many of them having already voted.) - If an intention of the “Rally to Restore Sanity” was to dissuade people from voicing divisive and paranoid political accusations, it was not enough to deter the fringe. In lieu of the Birthers common at Tea Party events, there was a small presence of 9/11 Truthers who accused the Bush administration of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks. (Doubtless, these flimsy conspiracy theorists will infest the comment threads in needless defense.) - But for the most part, the rally represented a congenial gathering of center to center-left people who are opposed to ideological purity tests and uncompromising dogmas, and who focused their blame on the divisive media coverage of political issues.