Stewart-Colbert rally: Entertainment or pure politics?
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This weekend, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are bringing their joint “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” to the National Mall, prompting renewed questions over the role of TV personalities in American politics. Is the rally simply a clever marketing stunt, or could it have a real impact on Tuesday’s midterm elections?
Is it even a rally, or merely a performance?
The Washington Post is partnering with Intersect.com to look for on-the-ground answers from observers and rally participants. This is an opportunity for you to help us cover the rally and answer reporters' questions about the event.
Comedy Central estimated in its permit application for the rally that as many as 25,000 people would attend the event, which is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. More than 220,000 people had RSVP’d for the event on Facebook as of late Monday, but it’s difficult to gauge how many will actually turn out.
The Story Lab team will be filing stories throughout Saturday's events on the Mall via Intersect, a new site designed to collect and present stories live and from the scene. Here on washingtonpost.com and on Intersect's site, we'll be documenting the scene and asking those in attendance and those watching at home to weigh in on the politics vs. entertainment question. Please join us.
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