As voters begin to turn away from traditional political party lines, the most talked-about political rallies have been hosted by cable talk show hosts. On the conservative end, Glenn Beck of Fox News headlined on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial; on the more liberal side, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall." Professor Jonathan Askin discussed the popularity of the comedy news figures with those under 35 in The Christian Science Monitor. "Comedic analysts now have much more extensive and direct access to the people via multiple media outlets," he said. "The most insightful comedic pundits--Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert among them--have a newfound opportunity for direct immediate engagement."
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