Sunday, October 31, 2010

If we amplify everything, we hear nothing

At yesterday's "Rally To Restore Sanity" in Washington, D.C., Jon Stewart gave what the UK Guardian's Richard Adams described as "a curiously moving and effective speech."

A quote:

"We live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies. But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country's 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems. But its existence makes solving them that much harder.

"The press could hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen. Or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire. And then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected, dangerous flaming ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.

"We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is ... and why don't we just work together to get things done. The truth is we do, we work together to get things done every single day. The only place we don't is here [Congress] or on cable TV. But America doesn't live here or on cable TV."