Is the Daily Show Rally Good for the Political Media?


Here’s a sobering counterpoint to the hype surrounding the upcoming Rally to Restore Sanity being organized by the Stewart and Colbert camps: “This upcoming event in Washington just takes the formerly disruptive Daily Show model and marks its final transition to another element within the system of political media. Rather than critiquing the system from the outside, it’s now a participant fully enmeshed, and if employing two former Clinton aides isn’t a mark of political professionalization, I don’t know what is. It’s impressive that a comedy talk show was able to make this transition, but I’m not sure if it’s actually good for the show’s audience.”