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Sep 17, 2010 3:39 PM

Comedy Talk Show Host Plan to Hold Opposing Political Rallies

WASHINGTON (AP) - "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is hosting
a "million moderate march" in Washington - for people who think
shouting is annoying - but faux political nemesis Stephen Colbert
will be nearby to keep fear alive against those "dark, optimistic
forces."
Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," and
his arch enemy on the network plan to hold opposing political
rallies on the National Mall just before the November elections.
Stewart interrupted his regular fake newscast Thursday night to
announce a "Rally to Restore Sanity" on Oct. 30. He said it's for
people too busy with their normal lives to go to other political
rallies.
"We're looking for people who think shouting is annoying ...
who feel that the loudest voices shouldn't be the only ones that
get heard," Stewart writes in promotion for his rally. "Think of
our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by
respectful disagreement."
No Adolf Hitler mustaches allowed at the Stewart rally - unless
it's drawn on a photo of the German dictator (or Charlie Chaplin).
Nearby, Colbert also announced a "March to Keep Fear Alive" to
restore "truthiness" to the nation on his show Thursday night.
For those who don't know, truthiness was a 2006 word of the year
that means "truth that comes from the gut, not books."
Colbert is encouraging "all freedom-loving patriots" to bring
an overnight bag and five extra sets of underwear to challenge
Stewart's "dark, optimistic forces." He said the nation can't
afford a rally to restore sanity in the middle of a recession.
He wrote the United States is built on three bedrock principles:
freedom, liberty and fear.
"They want to replace our fear with reason," he wrote. "But
never forget 'reason' is just one letter away from 'treason."'
The events come a few weeks after Glenn Beck's recent rally on
the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington.
Stewart's website notes Oct. 30 was chosen as a date "of no
significance whatsoever."
The rallies take aim at extremists from the political fringes.
Stewart said it will give voice to about 70 to 80 percent of
Americans who aren't heard in daily political discourse.
Stewart and Colbert have filed a single application for a permit
to host 25,000 people on the Washington Monument grounds, National
Park Service spokesman Bill Line said Friday. It hasn't been
approved yet.
Stewart said Thursday night that his rally would be a "million
moderate march." He suggested a few signs for the rally, including
"I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler."
"You may be asking yourself ... 'but am I the right person to
go to this rally?"' Stewart said on his show. "The fact that you
would even stop to ask yourself that question as opposed to just
jumping up, grabbing the nearest stack of burnable holy books,
strapping on a diaper and pointing your car towards D.C. - that
means I think you just might be right for it."

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