Wednesday, September 16, 2009
A friend sent me the link to the video clip of Jon Stewart's Daily Show that I've embedded below. OK, it's maybe a little bit hypocritical for us to post a Daily Show clip when we have targeted many of Stewart's past remarks, including calling Harry Truman an war criminal for approving the use of the A-bomb in 1945 (which Stewart later walked back). But you know what? He's actually pretty funny when he's going after an organization that deserves some heat, such as Acorn. At the very least, Acorn has some bad offices and highly questionable and apparently criminal practices going on. It may well be that the entire organization needs to be taken down. The federal spigot needs to be turned off and prosecutors should investigate.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|The Audacity of Hos|
Favorite line: "Your pimp costume appears to be a fur coat over your Andover uniform." Heh.
Stewart and Colbert have a leftist bias but they're honest. They're big critics of MSM. There's no guaranty they'll turn on Obama, but they're likely to do it before anyone else on MSM TV other than Fox. If they do, we'll know the tide is turning.
ACORN shut the doors today of the offending "advisory operation". Quick work by two young and enterprising journalists. I wonder how (or even if) the MSM will cover this story now?
You have to check out BigGovernment.com.
They are all over this story still, and the new stuff is even more interesting than the prostitute/pimp stuff since it goes into depth on the family control of ACORN and the intertwining relationship between ACORN and the SEIU (one of the key union supporters of ObamaCare).
"I actually haven't watched an episode of the Daily Show that I thought was bad. He's entertaining even, sometimes especially, when he's going after Republicans or conservative organizations."
When taken as entertainment, yes. But he (purposefully) pretends to be a journalist, and often makes broad statements of fact that are not fact at all, or delivers only one side or aspect of an issue solely for laughs. Harm comes when people take him seriously, and too many do.
I love JS, glad he is back from vacation. Watch him Monday thru Thurs. Dawn, that's not his fault. He has never presented himself as a valid journalist, he only plays one.
AS a response to your comments on him, so? I like him better than those who purport themselves to be journalists who don't have a journalistic bone in their bodies.
"Dawn, that's not his fault."
"He has never presented himself as a valid journalist, he only plays one."
Whenever he takes people onto his show as guests and tries to engage in serious discussion (ref: the Harry Truman is a war criminal incident) then he certainly is presenting himself as a valid journalist. That he then backed off his claim later is a point in his favor (and shows more integrity than many 'real' journalists who would rather simply forget such an incident and move on), but it is still proof that he isn't always a clown figure.
"I like him better than those who purport themselves to be journalists who don't have a journalistic bone in their bodies."
Yes, and the aforementioned example is one reason I agree with you. He might have said something stupid out of ignorance, but he owned up to it; something Dan Rather couldn't do.
Jon Stewart always say that he's a fake journalist -- but often jokes that he's a better journalist than most of the real journalists. When he does, it isn't a boast but a lament. This is especially apparent with his coverage of the ACORN scandal, while The New York Times is whitewashing it and Charlie Gibson's tries to laughingly dismiss it, Stewart's actually covering it. He's even calling out MSM for not covering it.
Last night Stewart went at both sides of Congress for their hypocrisy over Joe Wilson having to apologize for "You lie!" Most of this hit the Democrats, as it should.
Some of the real journalists will never turn on Obama -- it's like our well-intentioned American communists from the 1930s having to accept the reality of Stalin ... cognitive dissonance prevailed.
Re: Jon Stewart as journalist
Bloomberg News today reports that "Bill Clinton Says Obama Will Prevail on Health-Care Overhaul"
“It would be good if he could get some Republican support,” Clinton, 63, said in an interview yesterday in New York, speaking of the Baucus bill.
That interview was with Jon Stewart yesterday on The Daily Show, which I caught last night. Bloomberg News couldn't bring itself to name Comedy Central and The Daily Show as the source.
So MSM will soon have beat reporters to cover Comedy Central for hard news, if they don't already.