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jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

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  • Count me in (Score:5, Funny)

    by jeffmeden (135043) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:03PM (#33467182) Homepage Journal

    If he will resort to weeping publicly over his concern for our great Republic, I will show up and offer him a kleenex. It's only decent.

    • Re:Count me in (Score:4, Insightful)

      by houstonbofh (602064) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:06PM (#33467228)
      Knock what you want, but Beck must be doing something right. Now everyone wants to hold a rally...
      • by humphrm (18130) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:11PM (#33467306) Homepage

        Yeah, Beck was the first one to think to hold a rally, and now everyone else is just mimicking Beck.

        • Re:Count me in (Score:5, Insightful)

          by PinkyGigglebrain (730753) on Friday September 03, 2010 @03:58PM (#33469118)
          I seem to remember some other guy holding a rally at the Lincoln Memorial before Beck, went over really big too IIRC.

          Something about him having a dream [wikipedia.org] or something like that.
    • by jeffmeden (135043) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:06PM (#33467242) Homepage Journal

      Also, in case you needed more of a reason, the proposed date is 10/10/10... Are you thinking what I'm thinking? 101010 in binary=42 in decimal. The answer is right in front of us!

  • Go Stephen! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bhsx (458600) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:03PM (#33467190)
    Yes, it was funny when it made the top page of Reddit. It was funnier when they acknowledged it on the Comedy Central blog. It will be the ultimate insult to GB and Fox WHEN Stephen gets about 1M more people there than Glen did.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I'm sorry, but every political/issue rally is absurd. Million man march anyone? The countless demonstrations for the environment? Any rally with a politician?

      These events only serve to make the participants feel like they are doing something.

    • by Rei (128717) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:42PM (#33467886) Homepage

      I think the funniest thing would be the signs the Colbert supporters would be carrying. I'm picturing things like:

      "You'll Pry My Teller-Ulam Configuration Thermonuclear Device From My Cold Dead Hands! / 'The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed!"

      "Abortion Kills! / Also, Has Anybody Seen My Keys? I Think I Dropped Them Somewhere Around Here."

      "I Have A Third-Grade Education And I VOTE!"

      "Barack Obama Is An Incompetent Kenyan Socialist Buffoon Who's Carefully Engineering The Wholesale Restructuring Of Our Society For Militant Islam!"

      "Don't Tread On Me / (pic) / Because I'm A Snake And Stuff!"

      "I Don't Support Socialist Road Spending / I Took The Subway To The Protest!"

      "Bring Back The 1950s!"

      "There's A Gathering Storm Of Gays Coming For Your Kids. RUN! Run Like The Wind!"

      Oh, and probably a lot of chalkboards. ;)

  • What the hell? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by MyLongNickName (822545) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:03PM (#33467192) Journal

    Why is this on Slashdot?

    I couldn't care less about the Tea Party or Colbert. It isn't real news. It certainly isn't for nerds.

    • Re:What the hell? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:05PM (#33467226)
      There's a reason it's tagged with "Idle"
    • by spun (1352) <loverevolutionar ... m ['o.c' in gap]> on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:07PM (#33467250) Journal

      Controversy leads to page hits. Page hits lead to advertisers. Advertisers lead to income. Income leads to getting laid.

      Mystery solved.

    • The Date (Score:4, Insightful)

      by bsDaemon (87307) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:16PM (#33467412)

      The date they want to hold the rally is 10 October of '10. I.E., 10/10/10, however they have the poster written with the date as 101010, which is binary for 42, which, as we all know, is the answer to life, the universe and everything. Its the ultimate truthy thing. It's the ultimate nerd thing. Only thing its missing is a sign saying "Repent! The Singularity is Nye!" with the Science guy himself staring everyone down like Uncle Sam.

    • Re:What the hell? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by eln (21727) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:17PM (#33467428) Homepage
      It's in the Politics section. As incredibly depressing as it may be, Glenn Beck crying on camera and Colbert making fun of him represents the height of political discourse these days, so it fits.

      We don't debate things anymore, we have competing demagogues shouting past each other, lying, and using naked appeals to emotion to push their agendas. Beck is the most visible at the moment, but he's certainly not the first nor the last. Hell, they don't even really debate things in the halls of Congress anymore, they just shout their talking points at each other to rile up the extremists on either end of the political spectrum because they're apparently the only ones who still vote.

      Meanwhile, comedians like Colbert try to point out the absurdity of it all, and everyone has a good laugh, and no one changes their behavior. A rally at the Lincoln memorial would accomplish nothing. Beck's followers would either ignore it or use it as fuel to steer even further toward the extreme and follow Beck even closer. Beck's detractors would have a good laugh about it, but they're already convinced Beck is a nutbar so it's preaching to the choir for them.

      On the other hand, if it was well-executed it would probably give Colbert a ratings boost, so at least he and the guys over at Comedy Central would get something out of it.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        It would serve to accomplish one thing - to show that the so-called "silent majority" the conservatives love to quote so much isn't necessarily as big they paint it out to be. Their opponents are numerous, and not so silent.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        they just shout their talking points at each other to rile up the extremists on either end of the political spectrum because they're apparently the only ones who still vote.

        Actually, the republicans scream/vote to appease the extreme end of the spectrum. The democrats vote to appease the republicans. If the democrats actually listened to the people who elected them the US would be out of the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan and we'd have a single payer health care system.

    • Re:What the hell? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by atchijov (527688) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:19PM (#33467472)
      Do you really want your kids to learn creationism in school, have 99% of the budget spend on military and hunting homeless and immigrants become a recreational activity? This is what will happen if everyone (including nerds) will keep saying - "That none of my business".
      • Re:What the hell? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by feepness (543479) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:28PM (#33467642) Homepage

        Do you really want your kids to learn creationism in school, have 99% of the budget spend on military and hunting homeless and immigrants become a recreational activity? This is what will happen if everyone (including nerds) will keep saying - "That none of my business".

        Don't forget the oceans will rise to swallow the coasts and corporations will take all our rights.

        All because of that party of FEAR!

      • Re:What the hell? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by shaitand (626655) on Friday September 03, 2010 @03:14PM (#33468410) Journal

        "hunting homeless and immigrants become a recreational activity?"

        HELL YES. Bring this on, immediately.

        Seriously, why do people insist on trying to equate illegals with immigrants? The first act of an illegal is disrespect our national and its law, their very method of entry into the nation demonstrates they are unfit to enter our society. The first act of an immigrant is to show respect for our nation and culture and to undergo significant (but not unreasonable) efforts to become a part of it.

        There is a reason why legal immigrants integrate into america and make it stronger with parts of their former culture while illegal immigrants form pockets of what they consider to still be their culture.

      • Your comment is in line with "elect Republicans and they will take your Social Security away" or "Elect Democrats and they will raise taxes"

        Even if somehow one party managed to control two thirds of both houses and the white house the courts would still be there as well as the court of public opinion. Even while Democrats had a majority in both houses they rarely got anything done. When they did they resorted to parliamentarian tricks and deception. Hell we saw bill after bill passed without Congressmen

    • Re:What the hell? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by mea37 (1201159) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:24PM (#33467534)

      The Tea Party isn't news?

      The group whose dominating and inept control of the conservative voice in 2009 was a key factor in passing the sweeping healthcare reform bill isn't news?

      No, they're news. It's just that no matter which side of the aisle you're on, they're bad news.

  • Idle? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by brunes69 (86786) <slashdot AT keirstead DOT org> on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:07PM (#33467244) Homepage

    Shouldn't this be in idle?

  • Journalism (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ukab the Great (87152) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:09PM (#33467284)

    Every so often I think it's a sad state of affairs for journalism when satirists like John Stewart and Stephen Colbert on a comedy channel are considered more reliable, trustworthy, and objective in their reporting than "serious" (for lack of a better term) journalists like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly on what's supposed to be a news channel.

    • Re:Journalism (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Lunix Nutcase (1092239) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:18PM (#33467462)

      "serious" (for lack of a better term) journalists

      The better term is "opinion show hosts".

    • Re:Journalism (Score:5, Insightful)

      by longacre (1090157) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:20PM (#33467486) Homepage
      Just because they're on a channel with "news" in the name does not make them journalists. Beck and O'Reilly are entertainers, just like Nancy Grace, Larry King, Keith Olbermann, Rick Sanchez, etc.
      • Re:Journalism (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Mongoose Disciple (722373) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:27PM (#33467622)

        I don't know that that's entirely fair. These things are on a continuum.

        You look at an O'Reilly or an Olbermann (to pick two guys with very different politics), and if you're not in line with them politically, you'll probably disagree a lot with their interpretation of an event or its implications, but in some sense their starting point feels based in reality even if where they end up isn't.

        I don't get that same sense out of, say, Beck.

    • Re:Journalism (Score:5, Informative)

      by NiteShaed (315799) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:22PM (#33467504)

      than "serious" (for lack of a better term) journalists like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly

      There's your mistake. Beck and O'Reilly aren't journalists at all, serious or otherwise. Their shows are opinion pieces, start to finish. They're "serious journalists" in the same way that professional wrestlers are "serious athletes".

      on what's supposed to be a news channel

      FOX should just give up the word news and start calling themselves a "political commentary" channel. That's what they really seem to want to focus on, and what they want to be. Why not just go with that? Note to FOX fans who take this as insulting, this isn't necessarily intended to be a negative thing. If anything, it would probably eliminate a lot of the criticism aimed at FOX News. There's nothing wrong with being a political commentary channel, and you don't need to pretend to hold to some kind of "Fair and Balanced" standard.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:14PM (#33467376)

    where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"

    It's certainly easier than, you know, actually acknowledging and dealing with their ideas...

  • by guanxi (216397) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:29PM (#33467654)

    I wasn't interested in this at all, until I read that it was a young woman who made the post to Reddit. Now I'm definitely interested. Does anyone know what she looks like? I mean, being a woman implies she's old enough, and young is certainly promising, but you never know. Before I get involved in something like this, I definitely want to know what she looks like. I've been burned on more than one blind date and Internet romance. Also, of course, is she married? Is she dating anyone? How seriously? Is he socially conscious? Because I am, and that's usually my hook, because I'm not really like a jock or anything, but some girls are into that. Also, we both like Colbert, so that's something in common too. Anyway, if anyone gets her email address or some pics, please send them to me, because this seems like a really cool idea from a young woman.

  • by RightSaidFred99 (874576) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:29PM (#33467658)

    Wow, you mean some smug Internet denizen came up with a way to launch a "hilarious" yet substance-free attack on a group she and all her cool friends just "know" is silly? What stunning news! Strawman used by baselessly smug group of left wingers against group of right wingers!

    What next, are we going to have a story about a group of right wingers painting left wingers as Anti-American and playing the Outrage Card to rouse the rabble?

    A pox on both their houses.

    Doesn't it get boring after a while, reveling in how clever you and your Internet buddies who have developed some lame shared-language of goofball Internet memes are?

    Oh, wait...

  • by Quila (201335) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:38PM (#33467812)

    The race profiteer Al Sharpton led a small group to protest the "hijacking" of MLK's memory.

  • Fools All (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Dr. Grabow (949057) on Friday September 03, 2010 @02:45PM (#33467956)
    Reality is a very complex problem.

    To think that ANY political ideology, no matter where it sits on the spectrum of political thought, provides an optimum framework for solving the world's or nation's problems is the sign of a very small mind.

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