From the reviews, the main target the Rally for Sanity went after was partisan media. Video clips of Glen Beck and extremist talking heads on both sides of the aisle was the main butt of the jokes. Jon Stewart said about the 24-hour news machine, “This machine “did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder…If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” A review in the Daily Beast said, “Stewart’s outrage at the sensationalism and superficiality of cable is largely on target. But it is, as he said, a “funhouse mirror” held up to a nasty political system and a conflict-driven society.” Additional jokes were made at the sake of ABC, CBS, AP, New York Times and NPR, news outlets who banned their journalists from attending the rally.
The rally seemed to highlight for me a strange balance that the media is trying to pull off. While some outlets are going for extreme partisan views to attract audiences, others are stepping so carefully that they don’t criticize the sometimes obvious mistakes of politicians.