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Read this: The Jon Stewart rally analyzed

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Here's the thing about the Oct. 30 Jon Stewart rally: Sure, it's satirizing rallies like Glenn Beck's, notes Paul Farhi -- but it's also an awful lot like a Glenn Beck rally, with its claim on high-minded non-partisan themes counterbalanced by superstar partisan guests. Not to mention (reports Sandhya Somashekhar) all the liberal groups jumping on the bandwagon, no tongue in cheek. Carlos Lozado becomes the latest fan to beg Stewart to call the whole thing off, or risk losing his funny-guy cred: "America doesn't need another Al Franken." Oh, and apropos of nothing? Are you a member of the new cultural elite?

By The Reliable Source  | October 25, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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"Rally to Restore Sanity" is a play on Glenn Beck's "Rally to Restore Honor." It's a joke. And the joke is funny because it implies that Beck and his supporters are mentally deranged.

Jon is alone in his use of mental insanity in commercial, comedic, or political speech. Even used car lots don't advertise "insane" prices... at least not on the Internet. And there are no paid text ads or paid search results returned when Googling "insane prices."

Beck and his supporters aren't powerless, but the physically and mentally disabled are. And that's of course what makes the joke funny -- people laugh at Beck as if he were a lunatic, which means the mentally ill are appropriate for use in derisive and caustic humor.

Jon Stewart should change the name of his rally today.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 25, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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