Comedy Central and Jon Stewart paid the tab to host the Rally to Restore Sanity, but they'll be measuring their gains in terms of influence, not cash. There were profits to be made from the event, though, and one of its biggest beneficiaries is one all Americans can support: The National Mall itself.
At least in part due to comments made by Jon Stewart at this weekend's Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced he was suspending his show's well-known "Worst Person in the World" segment indefinitely.
Search slogans perfectly captured the mood of the day at the Comedy Central hosts' Washington rally. The audience echoed the call for moderation, carrying signs that declared the need for more courtesy in the national debate.
If the recession and subsequent high employment proves anything, it's this: The scarcity of jobs hasn't made workers any smarter. Just-fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is a good example. Unfortunately, he's hardly the only one.