So last weekend Jon Stewart was interviewed by Chris Wallace on FNC.
It was a feisty tussle, all about point of view.
Stewart’s claim: Fox News’ perspective is ideologically based, following a predetermined right-wing blueprint.
As for any lefty bias at other networks, that’s a product of sensationalism, or laziness.
As for Jon’s bias, he says, it’s purely comedic. So when he links Palin to herpes, that’s coming from a “funny” place, not a political one.
And when he dons a black accent to mock Herman Cain – that’s because comics do funny voices, even funny black voices.
After all, you’ve seen his fantastic impression of Obama.
Anyway, Stewart doesn’t need another person to say he’s funny, because he knows that.
But someone needs to tell him he’s lying. Not to Wallace, but to himself.
He’s ideologically driven, and kind of admits that, accidentally – when he says he’s also been guilty of smearing the tea party.
Well done on that.
But what about Stewart telling Wallace that what he does – turning news into comedy – is harder than Wallace’s gig?
I think Stewart doesn’t know “hard.” The first and only step in the Daily Show is making jokes about people the writers disagree with. Stewart knows the writers belong to a labor pool that is decidedly liberal.
About that pool: the hardest thing isn’t swimming in it – but getting out of it. Once you’re out – goodbye applause.
Finally, those who deny their own ideology most, are lying. Stewart may be guilty of a sin the left often accuses the right of: false consciousness.
Stewart is unaware of his leftism, because he’s soaking in it.
Which could explain the sports coat and t-shirt combination.
And if you disagree with me, you’re probably a racist.
Comedian Dan Soder!
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