Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart Is In Denial

I’ve always admired Jon Stewart’s willingness to question his own side, and to demand substantive answers from his guests. In his recent interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, he seemed to be arguing with himself. After asking how Democrats can make a stronger case for the competence of government, Stewart lamented “…because on our end, it looks like it’s a bit chaotic.”

From his hilarious ripping of the NSA to pressing Pelosi on why healthcare.gov is such a mess, (to which she replied “I don’t know”) his subtle skepticism about certain government initiatives while believing others to be essential has always puzzled me. It seems obvious that his aversion to concentrated power in the hands of the rich, would be difficult to achieve while entrusting the people they’ve paid to prevent it.

He touched on this Thursday with a question that not only highlighted a lack of awareness on the part of Pelosi but hints at a growing disillusionment among Stewart and many on the left:

“Is it possible that the people within the system don’t have enough distance from it to see…These corporations lobby to get all kinds of arcane things put into the regulations that makes it harder for these small businesses…Can our congress maybe not see the corruption inherent in that?”

White House analyst warned against Solyndra loan

Solyndra

Don’t look now, but the Solyndra scandal is coming back up in the media. The now-defunct, politically-connected green energy company was given a sweetheart $500+ million loan from the Obama Administration back in 2009. By August 2011, Solyndra had filed for bankruptcy, leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions.

Supporters of heavily subsidized green energy projects downplayed cronyism, which runs rampant in the Obama Administration. But new e-mails show that a White House analyst warned that giving taxpayer money Solyndra would be a big mistake (emphasis mine):

As the Obama administration moved last year to bail out Solyndra, the embattled flagship of the president’s initiative to promote alternative energy, a White House budget analyst calculated that millions of taxpayer dollars might be saved by cutting the government’s losses, shuttering the company immediately and selling its assets, according to a congressional investigation.

Even so, senior officials in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget did not discourage the Energy Department from proceeding with its plan to restructure a federal loan to Solyndra — a move that put private investors ahead of taxpayers for repayment if the company closed, the investigation by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee found.

Herman Cain Plays The Race Card

Remember the 2008 campaign (and afterward) when several of Obama’s opponents were called racist for criticizing him? Remember the conservative backlash against liberals playing the race card? Fast forward to the 2012 campaign and we are once again seeing the same filthy, immature racialism. Only this time it’s coming from a conservative – tea party darling Herman Cain.

I came across this story from ThinkProgress and was immediately skeptical as I am a frequent viewer of The Daily Show and consider myself to be a huge fan of Jon Stewart. I have never once even considered that Jon Stewart harbors any sense of racism. However, keeping an open mind and not wanting to cast a hasty judgement, I decided to hunt down the clip of Stewart’s show in question to see just what it was that Herman Cain was referencing. Perhaps Stewart has said something that Cain merely took out of context. To my surprise, the segment was from a show which I had already seen. The issue of race did not so much as pass through my mind upon my initial viewing that episode, and I did not detect the slightest hint of it the second time.

Here’s what Herman Cain had to say:

Jon Stewart nails the uproar over the Ground Zero Mosque

I was not going to post about this anymore because I’m tired of hearing about it. But last night, Jon Stewart gave a great monologue on the uproar over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque and it needs to be shared.

Like Stewart, I get the reason people are upset about the mosque. But the push back against the mosque has reached a point where it’s not about placing a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, the rhetoric has reached a point where most of the opposition are condemning an entire religion. They are placing the blame for what happened on 9/11 on an entire religion instead of 19 radical Islamists.

Around three minutes in, Stewarts shows video of Eric Bolling, who was appearing on Fox and Friends, laying out the alleged ties that Feisal Abdul Rauf has to various groups, including Hamas and Perdana. Bolling also speculates on whether or not Iran may be funding Park51, formerly the Cordoba House.

Stewart then uses the same logic to connect Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News, to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal to the Bin Laden family and Wahhabist Muslims, a form of Islam followed by al-Qaeda.

For perspective, Stewart shows a clip of Charlton Heston speaking at the NRA convention in 1999, just after the Columbine tragedy. In case you don’t remember, there was an uproar that wanted the NRA to hold their convention somewhere else.

During his speech to the convention, Heston said:

Tragedy always has been and always will be with us. Somewhere right now evil people are evil things. All of us will do everything meaningful, everything thing we can do to prevent it, but each horrible act can’t become an axe for opportunists to cleave the very Bill of Rights that binds us.

Stewart admits he was part of the uproar, but he also admits that he was wrong:

Jon Stewart Explains Obama’s Euphemisms

McCain, The Socialist

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Socialism used to be an ugly word- or at least an ugly concept- in America, but no more. With both mainstream candidates embracing the philosophy, it’s become clearer than ever that it’s time for a major over-haul in the beltway.

Jon Stewart’s Daily Show lampoons anti-science “liberal idiocy” on vaccines

The Daily Show's Samantha Bee

The Daily Show went after latte-sipping, well-educated wealthy white liberals in a sharp critique of the anti-vaccination movement Monday night. Jon Stewart kicked off the segment by trumpeting the return of measles, mumps, and rubella, handing the story off to Samantha Bee, who initially made viewers think the “anti-science” fervor was coming from conservatives before turning the tables.

Bee said outbreaks of these diseases were “happening in the red states of California, New York, and Oregon” before realizing it was well-educated liberals who were rejecting decades of advances in preventable medicine.

“The number of people who are choosing not to vaccinate their children is increasing. We’ve gone over the tipping point where you’re starting to see vaccine-preventable diseases coming back,” said Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center.

“It’s happening in my community? People who juice?” asks Bee, surprised.

These are the same types of liberals who recently banned farmers from planting GMO crops on their own land just a few weeks ago.

The horror.

Check out the segment:

Jon Stewart rips Dianne Feinstein’s hypocrisy

Jon Stewart on Dianne Feinstein

Jon Stewart is unmoved by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) allegations that the CIA monitored Senate Intelligence Committee staffers and destroyed evidence related to an investigation into the agency’s Bush-era torture program.

In a six-plus minute segment last night, The Daily Show host heckled Feinstein, highlighting the hypocrisy of her complaints about the agency’s spying on Congress — which, she says, violates the Fourth Amendment and an executive order prohibiting domestic surveillance — when she’s been a hardcore defender of the NSA programs that, you know, do the exact same things.

“I’m gonna tell you something, so listen very closely. You can violate the Fourth Amendment. You can violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. But you do not want to f**k with Executive Order 12333,” said Stewart, noting that the Reagan-era policy explicitly prohibits intelligence agencies from domestic surveillance.

“What is incredible about these accusations is, they are not coming from Senator Ron ‘privacy is important’ Wyden or Senator Rand ‘Don’t kill me with a flying robot’ Paul. They are coming from Dianne ‘so the NSA is looking at your data’ Feinstein,” said Stewart, before going to a clip of the Senate Intelligence Committee chair defending the legality of the domestic surveillance programs.

“See, she doesn’t mind if our security apparatus might be looking at your stuff, because your stuff is sh*t. But her sh*t is stuff,” he added, paying homage to the late stand-up comedian George Carlin.

Jon Stewart blasts Obama’s corrupt diplomatic appointments

Jon Stewart on Obama's diplomatic appointees

Jon Stewart took aim at President Barack Obama’s diplomatic appointees in a segment on The Daily Show last night, mocking the White House for handing out ambassadorships to high-dollar campaign bundlers.

Stewart recalled his recent interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in which she disputed the notion that money has corrupted Washington, though she said that Republicans are responsible for giving in to special interests.

“It’s good to know that Democrats are impervious to that, because it means that we don’t have to worry about things that Democrats are in charge of,” Stewart said. “For instance, the ambassadors appointed by our Democratic president. Surely he chooses them, then, on their merits.”

Stewart then cut away to footage of a couple of President Obama’s diplomatic nominees who, in Senate confirmation hearings, told senators that they had never visited the countries to which they’ve been appointed to represent American interests.

“Let me ask this, have any of you f**king people been to EPCOT Center? Have you been anywhere?” Stewart said. “Is there rule that ambassadors can’t have set foot in the country they’re going to ambassador? Would it ruin the surprise?”

“I mean, it definitely couldn’t be because the new Norway nominee raised $850,000 for the Obama reelection campaign, or the Argentinean one raised $500,000, or the Icelandic one bundled $1.6 million. Because that would mean not only would Democrats be seen as corrupt, Nancy Pelosi told me personally that only Republicans are,” he added.

Jon Stewart excoriates Obama Administration over insurance exchange rollout

Jon Stewart is unimpressed with the Obama Administration’s rollout of the federal ObamaCare exchange. And that’s putting it lightly.

After noting that the government shutdown had hurt Republicans’ standing with moderate and independent voters, The Daily Show host sarcastically and hilarious lambasted the failure to get the website, Healthcare.gov, running properly during Monday night’s show.

“All the Democrats have to do gain like an 80% to 20% advantage in this country — all that stands in their way is a mildly competent implementation of the healthcare policy they battled so hard to keep,” said Stewart. “Yes, apparently the Healthcare.gov website has 99 problems, but a glitch is all of them,” he added after cycling through some short clips publicizing the issues.

Stewart took note of the “success rate,” pointing to a news story that reported that it was less than 10%. “Oh my God,” the host said, laughingly. “Less than 10%. How bad is that? Twenty percent is the number of dentists who recommend sugared gum.”

The whole point of websites is to design them so that it is nearly impossible to not sign-up for something,” noted Stewart. “Every time I go on Amazon, there’s a 40% chance I’ll mistakenly overnight myself six seasons of Night Court. It’s just the way its designed.”

He mocked Democrats the spin on “this turd,” as the host called it, and continued to note many of the glitches that had been reported, including duplicate enrollments and spouses being reported as children.


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