The Huffpost’s Jason Linkins talks about an article in Politico that claims that Jon Stewart is stepping onto new territory with his (and Stephen Colbert’s) Rally To Restore Sanity.
Read Linins’ article here: “Politico Has Concerns About Rally To Restore Sanity For Some Reason”
“…there is no “bright line” between “commentary” and “political participation” — political commentary is political participation.”
Brilliantly said. And it is really what distinguishes political discourse from other types. Political commentary can be serious, hateful, hilarious, or boring, but as long as one is talking about politics, he is being political.
One’s political opinions, however reasonable (or sane) or far-fetched, always influences the political beliefs of others, one way or another. This is what makes for good political discourse, and, for that matter, good television.
Like Linkins says, Stewart is not moving into a new territory. He is, however, literally taking his show and commentary on stage, outdoors, with a lot more people watching than usual.