It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Jon Stewart. However, I was a bit turned off with how Stewart promoted his “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Don’t get me wrong — I am all in favor of sanity. However, in his effort to present the rally as a nonpartisan event, Stewart fell into the false equivalency trap. You know how it goes: “they are crazy on the right, but the left is just as crazy, so let’s just meet in the sane middle.” That sort of thinking simply ignores reality.
MSNBC is not the equivalent of Fox news. Keith Olbermann is not the same as Glenn Beck. These are false equivalencies. Luckily, I am not the only one that noticed — Bill Maher offers his take:
“The message of the rally, as I heard it, was that if the media stopped giving voice to the crazies on both sides, then maybe we could restore sanity. It was all nonpartisan and urged cooperation with the moderates on the other side forgetting that Obama tried that and found out…there are no moderates on the other side. When Jon announced his rally, he said the national conversation was dominated by people on the Right who believe Obama’s a Socialist and people on the Left who believe 9/11’s an inside job, but I can’t name any Democratic leaders who think 9/11’s an inside job. But Republican leaders who think Obama’s a Socialist? All of them.”