10/20/2010 07:45 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rally To Restore Sanity's Roots: A 'Relatively Closer Look' At Hitler References

For the next couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity/March To Keep Fear Alive by highlighting the ways in which "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" have long advocated reasonableness. You're invited to take part! Remember a "moment of sanity" that was dear to you? Send me an email and tell me about it!


"I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler." That was one of the sign slogan suggestions that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart had for attendees of the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity (And/Or Fear). It was a good joke for the occasion, but as an overall concept on civility, it's one with deep roots. Back on the June 16, 2005 edition of the show, Stewart took a "relatively closer look" at Hitler references in the political discourse. Reader Jeremy Montano sends it our way, for today's suggestion, and I really couldn't summarize the clip better than he already has:

Back in '05, it really impressed me as an in-depth take on a particular piece of the rhetoric that was getting way out of hand. And it was even non-partisan, as it was inspired by a comment Dick Durbin had made (and the show was criticizing him for), and featured clips from other figures like Michael Moore. It showed that, above all, they were making a point about the rhetoric and the need for sanity, rather than pushing a political agenda. I still think of that montage whenever I hear anyone make a "Hitler reference" in the debate over a political issue.

Good stuff, Mr. Montaro! And thanks. Here's the segment:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
A Relatively Closer Look - Hitler Reference
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

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