Linkspam of fake-news-fandom holiday cheer. December 23, 2010Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: Fake News, flail and squee, the most wonderful time of the year
Indecision Forever has a roundup, with a comment that I want to pull out and spotlight:
Most people don’t know this, but in the months immediately following 9/11, Jon Stewart and his tickets dept. donated tickets for several of his shows to a Ground Zero relief task force that was bringing GZ firefighters to his show, as a way to get them off the pile, and maybe to just sit and laugh for an hour. I worked for that task force. Every time we brought in a new group of firefighters, Jon would greet them, talk to them and thank them personally. That’s the kind of person he has always been. As someone who worked inside GZ, I find it so disappointing that politicians can use 9/11 to justify a war or demonize a religion, but somehow they cannot use it to help the people who were actually PART of 9/11. Jon Stewart is a hero’s hero, and the best part, the part that makes it count, is that he did it simply because it was the right thing to do. ~HM http://americanraksha.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/i-am-zadroga/
Meanwhile, on the Report side of things, Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter accuse liberals and Colbert fans of not being charitable. NoFactZone promptly crunches some numbers and comes up with the following:
* DonorsChoose – $589,792
* Yellow Ribbon Fund – $319,000 (PDF link)
* Americone Dream Fund (donated proceeds from Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream) – $440,357 (2007-2009)
* US Olympic Speedskating Team – $300,000 (2010)
* Gulf of America Fund – $100,000 (Bing), $44,187 (retweeting challenge)
The total for these five charities alone is $1,493,336, and this is nowhere near a complete list of the charity work that Stephen Colbert personally supports, and encourages the Colbert Nation to support.
You know, I would probably be in this fandom no matter what. It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s far-reaching; it includes all kinds of topics that hit straight in the middle of my personal flail zone, from the serious (in-depth analysis of religion!) to the silly (gratuitous drag!). The surfaces of the shows stand on their own, even if you don’t bother learning about the creators behind them.
So it’s not often that I step back and really appreciate how these folks don’t just make good TV. They are, unassumingly but actively, Good People. And they bring out the goodness of others in their wake.
Joy to the world.