Lessons from America? News and Politics in hard times

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On 30 October 2010, US news satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert jointly held the 'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear', attracting a crowd of over 200,000 in Washington, DC, and an estimated national audience of two million viewers on C omedy Central. While Stewart denied it, this event was widely interpreted as a satirical response to Fox News Anchor Glenn Beck's earlier 'Restoring Honor' rally, a controversial event that hosted numerous figures of the conservative and Christian right, including Sarah Palin. This event provides a case study in this article for a wider reflection on contemporary debates surrounding contemporary journalism, drawing on work that has situated 'new political television' in relation to wider transformations in mediated democracy, as this has been impacted by political-economic, technological, political and socio-cultural change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalMedia International Australia
Issue number144
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


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