Tonight, Jon Stewart announced that he will hold a rally at the Washington Monument against extremism. It is being billed as "The Rally to Restore Sanity" or the "Million Moderate March."
For good measure, Stephen Colbert plans to hold a counter rally called "The March to Keep Fear Alive."
Obviously, this is a dig at Glenn Beck's successful rally last month at the Washington Monument on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's speech.
This might very well prove to be a fun event yet there's something disingenuous about it. Remember the furor over the Mohammed episode on South Park? You know how that little Muslim group in Brooklyn was going to turn Trey Parker and Matt Stone into Theo Van Gogh? You know how those threats intimidated Comedy Central into banishing the episode from the airwaves? And where was Stewart? Touting the company line.
Memo to Stewart: Glenn Beck isn't the extremist. People willing to kill cartoonists are. Just ask the artist formerly known as Molly Norris.