First, it was reported that hotel bookings for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's rallies in D.C. were outpacing those for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in August. Now, the Facebook page for Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" is showing more than 188,000 attendees with almost a month to go, compared to 184,000 attendees on Beck's rally page on the day of the rally. What this means, clearly, is that Stewart is more popular than Beck, who is more popular than Colbert (whose "March to Keep Fear Alive" event page has just over 81,000 attendees); or, it means than liberals hang out on Facebook more than conservatives. Either way, it's news!
Also news: CNN anchor Rick Sanchez was fired late Friday after calling Stewart a bigot. As in, "I think Jon Stewart's a bigot," which he said on the radio show "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick" while promoting his new book—IRONY ALERT—entitled Conventional Idiocy. Asked to clarify his remarks, he said, "Yeah, I think he's a bigot." Hey, at least the guy doesn't pussyfoot. Turned out, Sanchez was angry that Stewart, on The Daily Show, said "Sanchez delivers the news like some guy at a party who's doing a lot of coke and traps you in a corner and explains really intensely how an ant is the strongest animal on earth." The Post has the full rundown, the most controversial exchange being about Jews:
Sanchez: "I just think it's important that people who are not minorities understand that those of us who are, and very few of us will say the things that I've just said, are actually more complex than they think we are and we get them."
Dominick: "Stewart's a minority as much as you are."
Sanchez: "C'mon. How is he a minority?"
Dominick: "He's Jewish."
Sanchez: "Yeah, very powerless people." [laughs]
Whoa indeed. Sanchez then said that "everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart," and so those very people promptly fired him.
Elsewhere, the link addicts at Reddit say the "DC rallies are going to be like reddit's Woodstock." Nearly 50 percent of the 581 voters in a Post poll say they're going to the rallies. If you're coming from NYC, the Huffington Post has created an official sign-up form for their their free "Sanity" buses, and if you need a hotel, take note that only four of the 20 most-popular hotels on WashingtonDCHotels.com are booked solid for Halloween weekend. Consider these tips for finding a place to stay, or go couch surfing. Just make sure to bundle up. It's getting cold down here.
And here I thought I wouldn't be able to come up with a post a day on this stuff.