Skip to comments.My Ordeal with Jon Stewart and His ‘Cone of Silence’ Event
Posted on 10/30/2010 5:21:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
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Interacting with Comedy Central over the upcoming Jon Stewart Rally to Restore Sanity, or the March to Keep Fear Alive, or the This Is Not a Political Rally rally is much like trying to communicate with North Koreas Kim Jong II.
I have been conducting a long-distance email relationship with Steve Albani, Comedy Centrals vice president for corporate communications. I am trying to get press credentials to cover the event for PJTV. Here are my unedited email conversations with Mr. Albani:
Me: Hope all is going well with your planning for the D.C. rallies. Could you please give us any updated information concerning pre-rally press conferences and avails for next week? Will there be press avails prior to or after Jon Stewarts interview with the president?
Albani: Jon will not be doing any press prior to the October 30 rallies.
Me: I also understand Jon will be broadcasting his show from D.C. next week. What rules will you have governing outside broadcast camera access, sprays and shooting for Jons show here?
Albani: we are not allowing crews inside the studio during the week of tapings in Washington
Me: We will be bringing correspondent Alfonzo Rachel to cover the rally. Could you please have one of your staff add him to your list of participating press?
Albani: did she apply for a credential on our online application site? If not, a credential is TBD, since the deadline to apply was yesterday.
Just a note that Alfonzo is a he, which Albani might have noted from where I referred to Alfonzo with the masculine “him.”
I emailed Albani today, and received this auto-reply:
If this is about the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Otherwise, you just might have to wait until Monday.
“Thank you — we hope you enjoyed your visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles!”
Actually, I am not feeling sorry for myself, as I realize I am in the same stupefied boat as the rest of the media in this town and elsewhere in this nation — trying to make sense of the Stewart event. The Washington Posts total insider, Paul Farhi, noted on Monday of this week that Comedy Central was as tight-lipped as Charlie Sheen’s publicist:
With less than a week to go, it’s still not exactly clear how Stewart will be using this new platform. No guests or musical acts have been announced, Stewart has done only a couple media interviews, and he’s offered few details about the rally.
Here, the New York Times Bill Carter and Brian Stelter describe Mr. Stewarts open, transparent, and freewheeling public event for change and reasonableness:
Mr. Stewart declined interview requests and has offered little description of what is planned. He also has apparently lowered a cone of silence over members of his staff and executives at Comedy Central, which will broadcast the rally live.
Even Judy McGrath, the chief executive at MTV Networks, the parent company of Comedy Central, also has not divulged many details. Whatever you think its going to be, its probably not going to be that, she said last week.
Members of the MSM, who might have once thought they lived in the capital of the Free World, found themselves doubly degraded during Jon Stewarts interview with President Obama. The entire Washington press corps discovered they were in the very uncool position of being outsiders at Mr. Stewarts insider extravaganza. This is how the intimate White House pool report began:
The taping began around 5:30 at the Harman Center for the Arts. Pool held outside of auditorium in a hallway with a live feed of the event in progress.
Yes, the pool amounted to watching a TV in a hallway.
This is not what you would expect from a comedy show broadcasting from an upscale Shakespearean theater in the nations capital. Im not sure exactly what the PR commanders-in-chief at Comedy Central were expecting with this blanket undercover operation, but this entire week feels more like a CIA field action in the Swat Valley rather than a PR rollout in the nations capital.
The most intriguing question this week: what happened to Stephen Colbert? He has all but disappeared from this event. Where is he?
First, the two show hosts were to wage dueling rallies. Then they merged. Then Colbert lost the title of his event (March to Keep Fear Alive). Then Colbert disappeared from D.C. altogether.
In this highly scripted event, this is what we know about this rally-cum-promo. According to the Washington Posts Gog Blog:
The jumbotrons will flicker to life with music and videos at 10 a.m. but the live entertainment won’t begin until noon, when the Roots — by now, no strangers to playing on the Mall — will perform a 40-minute set.
The rally/march begins in earnest at 1 p.m. with remarks by Stewart and Colbert, the latter of whom will be joined by actors Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) and Sam Waterston (Law and Order) before musical performances by Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, and Sheryl Crow. That takes us up to 2:40 p.m. or so, when the show goes pre-taped for what is being called “The Sanity and Fear Awards.” Everything ends by 3 p.m.
If that all seems mighty quick to you, rest assured that the itinerary released by the National Park Service has plenty of “to be determined” space built in: there will be “a comedian” to warm up the crowd.
And for those of you who want to see it, well Comedy Central will own all the rights, which is what Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert do when they embrace capitalism and authoritarian control of the media. According to the New York Times:
The channel will also carry the press conference with Mr. Stewart scheduled after the event; Comedy Central will own the rights to the broadcast but has no plans to replay it.
I dont quite know what this is. So far, the only legitimate comedy I’ve come across from this experience was when terrorist Bill Ayers told reporters he believes the event is worth attending.
So, it’s a three hour event and includes four music acts. This isn’t a rally; it’s a free concert.
The whole thing is setting up to be a major flop. The organizers are already CYAing all over the place with the noncommittal “cone of silence”, major face palms and “How do we get ourselves out of THIS one!” memos.
Is there going to be live feed anywhere?
Still, I expect the driveby media to gush about the turnout, and try to compare it to Beck’s numbers, or outright lie about the number of those in attendance.
How many showed up for the various Tea Party and Beck events? THERE was the cone of silence.
Oh terrific! They have a terrorist telling everyone this is worthwhile, HuffPo is busing in moochers (free stuff for all) and the commies will probably be out in force. Yep, this will be a lovely event I’m sure Mr. Stewart will be proud to be associated with.......Heh.
I predict that Stewart's KGB-run Komedy Gulag will get anywhere from half as many butt-munch haters to twice as many navel-gazing mouth-breathers as the bused-in SEIU/Acorn event a couple weeks ago. No more than, at the outside, a-quarter-to-a-third as many attendees as Beck's amazing shindig.
Ultimately, the question boils down to "How many can God draw?" versus "How many can Satan draw?" Given the wanton, craven depravity of the general public, you'd think the Father of Lies could do alot better than I'm predicting here, but unlike God's faithful, whose conviction runs to and from their very marrow, The Enemy's support is a mile wide and an inch deep.
As it should be.
This is why liberalism is so destructive and dangerous: It is inept.
For liberals, what is important are intentions.
My favorite example of this is the DC Chapter of Free Republic and their interactions with Code Pink and other liberal organizations outside of Walter Reed Hospital.
At the entrance of Walter Reed Hospital on Georgia Avenue, it is a large cross road with four corners. The moonbats had permits for two of the corners, and the DC Chapter of FR had the other two. This situation was the state of affairs for a long period of time, when it was discovered by the Freepers that the moonbats had let their permit expire. They immediately snapped up the permit for the other corners, and now had all four corners in front of Walter Reed! The moonbats had to move 100 yards down the street, pretty much out of sight and mind.
They couldn’t be bothered with the mechanics of this process, only the concept of doing it.
Now, we see this...they are having this moronic rally, paying to bus people in, getting money from a variety of big deep-pocket liberal sources, and they can’t be bothered with a detail like portable toilets. From this article, it sounds like they can’t even be bothered with actual content.
These are the people who currently pull the levers of power in our country. They control our legislation. They have nearly complete power over the process of selecting the judiciary. They control the schools. They are deliberately destroying the energy sector. They run the war. But, worst of all, they have their inept hands on the very neck of our economic lifeblood, our economy.
When we see how badly they mangle everything they touch, we have good reason to fear for our future, and to seriously ponder how much time remains before the damage cannot be undone.
I hope they are humiliated by the failure they have created.
I would take Maxwell Smart over any liberal anywhere.
His character might have been an inept, comical dope, but you can tell he loved his country and wouldn’t deliberately do anything to destroy it.
Note: The actor, Don Adams who played Maxwell Smart, was in the Marines and served on Guadalcanal, where he contracted an extremely nasty case of malaria, the unusual complications of it took him over a year to recover from. He served for some time after that as a Marine Drill Instructor. A real American...:) God rest his soul...
Your post says it all. Thank you.
Sheryl Crow’s coming ? There’d better not be any toilet paper !
Is there going to be live feed anywhere? -mercat
“Comedy Central hosts Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show” and Stephen Colbert of the “Colbert Report” held a rally on the National Mall on the weekend before 2010 midterm elections.” - C-Span
It is why liberals have no shame, none whatsoever. It is easy to be arrogant when you construct a reality in which you are always right.
Sounds, to me, like there is no event. Stewart just wanted to tie up the venue on the weekend before the elections so no horrible Republicans could hold one of their obnoxious rallies.
Hey, Bill -- are you bringing the dynamite and nails? Say hello to Diana for me.
I’m peeking in on a DC live cam here:
Doesn’t look like much of a crowd so far. Leaves falling off trees won’t give much cover for claims of thousands standing in the trees to avoid the sun.
Other cams are available at the site too. Don’t see any portapotties though,
Dang. This subject got me onto a wrong track today.
I hate it. I am in a bad mood about this...I live in Massachusetts, it is a perfect, crisp sunny fall Saturday morning. And these thoughts, fear for the future of our country in the hands of these people controlling our fate crowds out this beautiful day.
I am sick and tired of liberalism. It stain, soils and destroys everything it touches, and there is no responsibility for the results of liberalism. This whole event in DC just brings out the worst in me, pushes the truth into my face.
Grrr. And now I have to drive into Cambridge, MA, which is the equivalent of Berkeley, CA, Madison, WI or Ithaca, NY. Fortunately, I don’t have to stay long!
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