The coverage of Jon Stewart’s sanity rally in Washington, D.C., has been decidedly spotty thus far. Thinking they were only providing some journalistic color, USA Today managed to touch on the real reason any of us reads coverage about such rallies: “The audience came prepared to play along. Many brought signs to underscore the message of reasonableness, or just to be funny.” And then USA Today actually quoted three signs:
I’m somewhat irritated about extreme outrage.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — and spiders.
Stand united against signs.
The New York Times, in order to prove they are more serious than USA Today, deigned to report on only two signs:
Shrinks for sanity.
I can see the real America from my house.
The Washington Post, trying to be just as serious as the New York Times, reported just two signs, except one of the signs was two-sided so they actually reported on three signs, proving they are not as serious as the Times:
This is my comedy channel. (with the Fox News logo)
The reverse of the same sign:
This is my news channel. (with the Comedy Central logo)
Fox News tried to be twice as serious as the New York Times, by reporting on only one sign — which, coincidentally, also allowed them to report on none of the signs mocking Fox News. The one sign they reported on:
Tea Party rallies need more tea.
Fortunately, the Brits understand what’s truly of interest. The BBC reported lots of signs, thus proving they are far less serious than their American counterparts. No wonder the BBC is now my preferred source of news coverage. Here are the signs they reported:
We’re Moms — Life is Insane Enough Without Fox News.
God hates rallies.
God Hates Flags.
I’m a little annoyed, but I’ll get over it.
I’m here from the internet to put captions on your rally.
Hyperbole is the antichrist.
Obama — re-open NY subway toilets now.
Look at my ironic hipster sign.
One nation under Aqua Buddha.
Birthers for Hawaii statehood.
Signs are an impractical medium for civil discourse.
I leave binary thinking to computers.
And the following signs were visible on BBC’s video coverage:
Stop yelling at me! That’s why I moved out of my parents’ house.
Hug it out: Kindergarten taught me well.
Muggles for sanity.
The Canadians get the humor, too. The National Post has lots of photos of signs, including:
Blame Canada — Kyle’s mom.
What do we want?!
When do we want it?!
Now would be agreeable to me, but I am interested in your opinion.
If you don’t believe in government, perhaps you shouldn’t run for it.
I like tea, and you’re kind of ruining it.
I may not agree with U, but I’m sure U R not Hitler!
A wrap is not a sandwich.
I was told there would be Justin Bieber.
God Hates (or at least is totally unimpressed by) Ideologues.
I have no problem paying taxes because I’m an adult and that’s part of the deal.
I’m even-tempered as Hell.
I like protesting.
But it’s not just the Brits and Canadians. Left Coast coverage did the signs, too. The L.A. Times has lots of photos of text- and non-text-based signs. One of the signs with a visual punchline read “I’m with stupid”, and had an arrow pointing to heaven. The text-based signs included:
Millennials [sic]: You’d better be “nice” to us — We’ll be on your death panel!!
Stop this bickering — Partisanship is hurting us!
Thank you, L.A. Times. And thank God I live on the Left Coast, where people still have a sense of humor.