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The Washington Post announced that it will join with Intersect.com in an effort to get on-the-ground answers from participants in Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on the National Mall this weekend.
Rally patrticipants will “help us cover the rally and answer reporters’ questions about the event.”
Comedy Central estimated in its permit application for the rally that as many as 25,000 people would attend the event, which is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. More than 220,000 people had RSVP’d for the event on Facebook as of late Monday, but it’s difficult to gauge how many will actually turn out.
The Story Lab team will be filing stories throughout Saturday’s events on the Mall via Intersect, a new site designed to collect and present stories live and from the scene. Here on washingtonpost.com and on Intersect’s site, we’ll be documenting the scene and asking those in attendance and those watching at home to weigh in on the politics vs. entertainment question. Please join us.
SIGN UP: If you’d like to share your own rally stories on Intersect, visit Intersect.com and use the invite code “washingtonpost” to create an account.
Maybe the first question could be: Have you found a port-a-potty yet?
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Post’s link to Intersect.com is broken on the Post’s site. A ticket has been ordered to fix it. Here is a working link to the web site.
Contrary to the reports on the Internet yesterday, Washington Post editors and reports did not give president-elect Barack Obama a standing ovation yesterday when he worked the newsroom, according to Post media critic Howard Kurtz. But, he writes, there was a mob scene that underscored the fact that Obama is not only the incoming president, but a worldwide celebrity.
Camera phones flashed as Obama, trailed by Post Co. chief executive Donald Graham, began his stroll around the fifth-floor newsroom’s perimeter, shaking hands and greeting nearly 200 staffers. “Where are the sportswriters?” he asked. “I want to ask about the Redskins, Nationals and Wizards.”
The shouted questions were about what you would expect from the heart of one of the world’s great newspapers.
“Did you like Ben’s Chili Bowl?” asked Metro reporter Theola Labbe-DeBose, referring to Obama’s recent visit to the downtown eatery.
“That half-smoke’s all right,” Obama said.
Another staffer asked about the family’s dog search.
“Haven’t decided yet,” said Obama, who visited USA Today earlier in the day.
The president-elect had the foresight to ask about the weather. “What’s Tuesday looking like?” he wondered.
… Does the episode, which some staffers muttered was a tad embarrassing, mean the paper’s staff has a soft spot for Obama? Not really. It means that when an extremely famous and soon to be very powerful person shows up at the office, journalists act like people everywhere. They gawk.