As is my wont here, I’ll be following a major event, in this case the Jon Stewart (plus Stephen Colbert) rally in DC all day, via online and TV, with updates added from the top with a time stamp.
Late Saturday update: Expert company hired by CBS to do aerial count of turnout at Glenn Beck’s rally in August—they came up with 87,000, give or take a few—just announced its findings for the Stewart/Colbert demo. The number: 215,000, or 2 1/2 times the Beck turnout.
2:55: Closes with Jon thanking crowd for restoring HIS sanity. Brings out Tony Bennett for great "America the Beautiful" (Tony can still hit the high notes). Then everyone there for Staples’ "I’ll Take You There." Kareem on stage with everyone else. Comedy Central signs off at 3, C-SPAN still with crowd and questions from viewers.
2:45 Jon finally turning serious, long hit at media, defense of doing good work, almost preaching. "We live in hard times, not end times." "If we amplify everything we hear nothing." "We work to get things done every damn day." Only place we don’t "is here [DC] and cable TV."
2:35 As I predicted, wingnuts going nuts over Cat Stevens at rally.
2:25 Jon and Stephen at podiums. Robots. Some fun slaps at scary cable news reports. Equal opportunity, plenty of Keith and Ed Schultz hits. Too equal?
2:20 Sheryl Crow, as promised. With, surprise, Kid Rock. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as example of good Muslim. Surely the biggest example.
2:10 Fun Jon & Stephen duet. Then more awards. Fear award for Mark Zuckerberg for not protecting privacy on Facebook.
1:55 Jon and Stephen hand out sanity and fear awards. Great Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Tweedy song.
1:35 Jon and Stephen compromise on O’Jays and "Love Train." CNN cuts to Ted Nugent at GOP rally in W. Virginia.
1:25 Cat "Yusef" Stevens on to do "Peace Train." Kind of gutsy given usual rigthwing attacks on him. Or is it Jimmy Kimmel portraying Cat? No, real, and Ozzie interrupts for the "Fear" side.
1:20 Fox showing Tea Party rallies—thanksgod they ignored Guido Sarducci at Jon’s rally. Now Sam Waterston on to read Colbert poem that is pretty good.
1:10 Colbert arrives after lame first few minutes with Jon and Stephen off-stage.
1:05 Jon claims 10 million there and perfect "demographic" of USA. Then on to Daily Show correspondents in crowd. Colbert due at 1:20. Interesting: 6 second tape delay online live vs. TV pickup.