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September 27, 2007

Telling Comedy From Reality

It appears that too many on the Left are willing and eager to accept Jon Stewart at face value, forgetting that his show is, y'know, not an actual news show.

“Idiots are now convinced that Dubya doesn’t know Nelson Mandela is still alive,” writes Abu Wabu. “What has in fact died, and what a miserable, stinking death it was, is real intellectual rigor on the idiot left.” As made evident by followers of Daily Show host Jon Stewart, “a voice for democratic ideals and the noble place of citizenship”, at least according to Tom Brokaw. Pity, then, that Stewart’s idealistic nobility is wasted on an audience of morons:
Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Oh my God. How funny was it? And for a very wrong reason indeed. I’ve already shared it with others. George W Bush thought Nelson Mandela is dead? Dude! How wrong could he possibly be!

Hat tip to Tim Blair, who has a host of other examples. And, of course, if these Nuance Nabobs would take a look at the context, they'd see that Stewart's hack job just fed them plastic red meat, that they gobbled up. This wouldn't be so scary if "The Daily Show" weren't so many people's primary news source.

It's a comedy show, folks. Treat it with way more skepticism than your average nightly news program.

Posted by Doug at September 27, 2007 05:18 PM

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Good post. Only one criticism -- the first example of a "moron" is a 16-year-old kid from the UK who has been blogging for only a short time. Blair could have found a better example, as there are plenty out there.

Posted by: Dean at October 3, 2007 03:41 PM

Indeed, which is why I encouraged the reading of the whole thing. My concern would be that in 2 years this kid will be voting for UK liberals because he was influence in part by Jon Stewart. Some of Blair's examples should know better, but the result is the same.

Posted by: Doug Payton at October 4, 2007 09:50 AM