More than 1,000 people applied for press credentials to cover Jon Stewart’s "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington on Saturday, with some press outlets requesting as many as 40 press passes, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
Comedy Central eventually narrowed down the list to 400 press credentials, the story notes. Television news outlets from Japan, Russia and Switzerland requested and were granted press passes. “I think were more fascinated than overwhelmed by the number and variety of media requests,” says Craig Minassian, who as a consultant to Comedy Central is helping produce the rally and was a former Clinton administration press aide.
Since the deadline for applications closed on Oct. 20, President Barack Obama’s appearance on Jon Stewart’s "The Daily Show" didn’t have an influence on the number of requests, the story notes.
Separately, the Media Decoder reports that 2.8 million people watched that Stewart interview of Obama on Wednesday night, Oct 27, 2010. That was far more than the typical audience for the program, which normally averages about 1.9 million viewers. It also marked the third-highest rated episode of the program, following a previous appearance by Obama when he was a candidate and another show the same month when Michelle Obama visited the program, the article notes.