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Rally to Restore Sanity - Interviews with Participants

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Published on Nov 1, 2010

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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.

Thank you to John Rixey for the closed captions.

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera) with additional camera from Zac Sleeth.

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Comments • 1,210

zack villa
Left side admits not knowing something because they havent done the research yet . Right side does no research and admits their right because fox news and glenn beck said so . Now figure out who seeks truth and who is the blind sheep . 
0S7VN0
i love it how these guys just admit they dont know something instead of just making shit up! 
Omar Little
the interviewer has mastered the art of these interviews
kira0080
Well, at least these kinds of people know they're ignorant about a lot of political issues and dont try to make shit up. This is what sane ignorance looks like, not like the crazy ass right.
terrence taylor
At least these people seem a bit more intelligent than some of the tea party interviews....and the crowd looks more diverse...not all white.
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Wass Hannin
Glad NLM isn't to slanted to give his own brothers in arms some unbiased unedited interviews and see what they have to say.
Alex
The left is just as dumb as the right. This country is DOOMED.
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George W. Kush
I think something we can all learn here is that stupid people are everywhere. Yes, I'm talking about both left and right.
Steve G
disclaimer: ive only watched 1/4 of this thus far, but seriously people.... my fellow democrats are sounding like the mirror of Republicans. please for gods sake, just at least state one damn cause/issue/factual statement for why you believe what you do and why the hell you're there!!! ugh
Paulie Walnuts
Well at least these idiots know that they're idiots unlike the people on the right.
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