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A Rallying Whisper

October 29, 2010

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?

Seriously, who?

Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat.”

Photo by Ad Meskens. Some rights reserved.

So states the official website for the widely publicized and hotly debated Rally to Restore Sanity.  The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart has been hyping the rally on his program but has given the world little idea of what to expect: the event, slated to swarm the National Mall at noon tomorrow, has been advertised by Stewart as being non-political, a rally for “not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority.”

But as assistant professor of communication at American University Lauren Feldman told The New York Times yesterday: “to the extent that people are showing up because of their enthusiasm for the message behind the rally — that is, discontent with extremist rhetoric and divisive politics — that is a political statement, and that makes their participation political.”  Then again, as Stewart himself said last April, while embroiled in mud-slinging with Fox News, “I have not moved out of the comedian’s box into the news box. The news box is moving towards me.”

Apparently, so has the arena of public company disclosure.  A search for the name “Jon Stewart” on our SEC Filings page returns 90 results; a particularly amusing entry is found in the semi-annual shareholder report of an investment company called Clipper Fund, Inc., which  references  an interview between Jon Stewart and Alan Greenspan.

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