Monday, October 18, 2004
SURPRISE! NEW YORK TIMES AND JON STEWART BOTH ENDORSE KERRY - AND STEWART PICKS FIGHT WITH TUCKER CARLSON
It's hard to take comedy seriously when the comedian takes his jokes seriously.
The paragon of the national media, The New York Times, and the paragon of new media, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, both endorsed John Kerry this past week.
Kerry's empty campaign - it's composed of scare tactics and complaints against Bush - receives help from the elites of Hollywood and the media. While the elites sniff that Bush has been a terrible president, none of them ever make a compelling argument for John Kerry. Most of America doesn't share the hatred for Bush that you'll find in the simmering salons on both coasts.
The New York Times has engaged in a concerted effort to unseat President Bush. Its news department has reflected the aims, goals and wishes of the editorial department. The New York Times editorial that endorsed John Kerry devoted 5 paragraphs to supporting him while 21 paragraphs criticized President Bush.
Jon Stewart is an interesting presence on the political scene. His Comedy Central program, "The Daily Show", has gone from being smart and funny to an unwatchable screed that might as well be the opening act for a John Kerry stump speech at a swing state rally. I used to watch "The Daily Show" and I even attended a taping in late July, 2002. But, Jon Stewart now wants to grill his Republican guests while slobber all over his Democratic heroes. It's hard to take comedy seriously when the comedian takes his jokes seriously.
NYTimes Editorial: John Kerry for President
-- "Nearly four years ago, after the Supreme Court awarded him the presidency, Mr. Bush came into office amid popular expectation that he would acknowledge his lack of a mandate by sticking close to the center. Instead, he turned the government over to the radical right.
NYPost: Jon Stewart is Voting for Kerry
-- 'DAILY Show" host Jon Stewart, who makes a living out of lampooning politicians, says he's casting his presidential vote for John Kerry on Nov. 2. "It looks like Kerry," Stewart told a panel assembled by New Yorker magazine yesterday. "I'd be stunned if something happened to change my mind." Stewart told the panel and New Yorker media critic Ken Auletta that he thinks President Bush is a "decent" man — but followed that with making fun of Bush for not being able to name one of his mistakes during the second debate. "He can't think of one?" Stewart said. "I got a list."
Here is an example of Jon Stewart taking himself too seriously - attacking CNN's "Crossfire", Paul Begal and especially Tucker Carlson- as America's voice of reason while ducking criticsm by claiming his program is "only a comedy show."
CNN "CROSSFIRE" Transcript:
STEWART: You know what's interesting, though? You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.
CARLSON: Now, you're getting into it. I like that.