As usual, Jon Stewart is on point…
As usual, Jon Stewart is on point…
In my opinion, Jon Stewart and his writers are nothing short of genius…
On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart illustrated how Fox News personalities feigned love of the U.S. Constitution, but quickly abandoned it when it conflicted with their opinion.
In particular, Stewart observed that various Fox News hosts and pundits trashed the Bill of Rights following the Boston Marathon bombing.
Many at Fox were upset that bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was read his Miranda rights, while others called for him to be declared an enemy combatant despite the fact he is a U.S. citizen.
“So in the wake of an assault on our freedom and way of life, we have quickly jettisoned the Sixth Amendment right to a fair and speedy trial, and the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination. What’s next?” Stewart remarked, before playing a clip of Sean Hannity saying Tsarnaev should be waterboarded. “So there goes the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Any freedom lovers what to take a crack at some of the lower ones?”
Stewart showed that Brian Kilmeade and Eric Bolling both called for the FBI to place listening devices in mosques, a violation of Fourth Amendment rights. Meanwhile, “Fox’s most prominent liberal voice” Bob Beckel jettisoned First Amendment rights by calling for a moratorium on Muslim exchange students. Ann Coulter took at stab at the Ninth Amendment by calling for the widow of the deceased bombing suspect to be imprisoned for wearing a hijab.
“Ann Coulter doesn’t just want a police state, she wants a fashion police state,” Stewart remarked.
Watch video, via Comedy Central.
On The Daily Show Thursday night, host Jon Stewart and correspondent Larry Wilmore mocked Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) recent speech to black students at Howard University.
Stewart observed that Paul portrayed himself as courageous and heroic for appearing before the highly prestigious students, which was not a particularly dangerous situation.
Stewart also noted that during his speech, Paul condescendingly explained that Republicans had at one point been strong supporters of civil rights for African Americans. But Paul completely ignored the political realignment that occurred in the mid-20th century and the so-called “Southern strategy” used by Republicans.
“You can’t just yada yada yada the last 60 Republican years,” he remarked. “‘A Republican freed the slaves, gave black people the vote, yada yada yada and now all blacks vote Democratic. I mean, what the hell.’”
Employing a relationship metaphor, Wilmore complained that the Republican Party had disappeared for 50 years but now wanted to hook-up with black voters.
“How can we trust that you’ve changed if you’re pretending it was always all good?” he asked, noting a Republican official in Kansas recently used the term “nigger rigging.”
“Black people aren’t coming back until the Republicans admit we aren’t just dealing with ‘accidental racism,’” Wilmore remarked. “Believe me, if the past 50 years had been some of that Brad Paisley, LL Cool J bygones-be-bygones shit, we’d have gone with the tax breaks.”
Watch video, via Comedy Central, below:
Despite the fact that mass shootings are an almost weekly occurrence these days, our country is in shock. A young man, for some reason, felt that the answer to his problems with his mother was to murder more than 26 people. It’s far too common.
Regardless, the reaction of many, especially those on the right, is silence. ‘Now is not the time,’ they say. ‘It’s too soon.’ ‘It’s disrespectful to the dead.’ To that, I say, BULLS***! There is no better time to address the degeneration of our society. There is no better time to address the fact that it has become acceptable among a small segment of society to shoot their way out of problems. There is no better time to address the fact that guns are easier to obtain than credit cards. There is no better time to address the fact that gun owners need less licensing than the person who cuts your hair.
Earlier in the week, after the shootout in a Portland, OR mall, and after a football player shot his girlfriend, on the field, Jon Stewart addressed the people saying that it’s too soon. Unfortunately in our country, there never seems to be a time when the headlines are clear of senseless gun violence. When will it be appropriate? According to the media, as Stewart says, that time is:
In other words, it’s never appropriate, so we need to make it appropriate.
It seems that even the President agrees. In today’s press conference, he alluded to the fact that Jon Stewart is right by saying, politics aside, it’s time to “take meaningful action.” Meaningful action can only happen after having a serious discussion.
We will mourn. Our collective hearts are emptier today. We’ll hold the children in our lives a little closer, but we’ll also talk and we’ll try to find ways to make our country a little safer.
As the controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s inflammatory comments about Sandra Flukecontinues, Fox News is finding itself in somewhat of a dilemma, as Jon Stewart pointed out on Tuesday night’s “Daily Show.”
The conservative news network had the choice of either defending or condemning Limbaugh, who many in the GOP vocally support, but instead raised Bill Maher’s controversial Sarah Palin joke from last year as evidence that liberals are also guilty of irresponsible diatribes.
Stewart was perplexed by Fox’s diversionary tactics on the subject:
“So I guess by bringing up Bill Maher, Fox is saying, ‘So we’re even, right? Off-setting penalties. Let’s just say we all get back to what really matters to Americans: whether Obama is a Sunni or a Shi’ite.’”
Fox pundits went on to accuse comedians of having a liberal double standard, or as Michelle Malkin put it, “the humor card,” allowing them to say anything they want under the umbrella of comedy and entertainment. However, this argument lacks solid footing given the GOP’s defense of Limbaugh as merely “being absurd” and even Limbaugh’s own excuse for the Fluke comments as an “attempt to be humorous.”
As a comedian himself, Stewart obviously had strong feelings about this so-called hypocrisy:
“See here’s the other thing I’m sick and tired of about this comedian thing: nobody’s hiding behind comedy, and there are repercussions for what comedians say. When you’re doing it in a club, there are repercussions. Ask Michael Richards. Ask Tracy Morgan. If you do comedy on television, there are repercussions. Ask me.”
Watch the full clip below to see Stewart criticize Fox and the GOP in general for their defense of Limbaugh.
Annoyed over Fox News attacking President Barack Obama for not saying “God” in his Thanksgiving Address, Jon Stewart asked Monday evening if the network was “turning into The 700 Club?”
The Daily Show host took the network to task once again for their latest, peculiar over-reaction in a segment titled “Much Ado About Stuffing.”
“Seriously, failing to mention God in you Thanksgiving address, not a huge Thanksgiving faux pas,” Stewart said. “I could understand if instead of pardoning two male turkeys, he had married them. Then I could understand Fox getting bent out of shape.”
Stewart wasn’t even accepting Fox’s attempt to “be fair” to Obama, as the network mentioned that he wasn’t the first president to leave out God in his Thanksgiving address.
“Who did you make look up that shit on a holiday weekend?” he asked. “Who did you do that too?”
Fox News later told its viewers that Obama did indeed mention God in his written Thanksgiving address instead of the Youtube broadcasted message. By that time in the segment, Stewart was ready to move on.
“This is about turning Thanksgiving into yet another one of those Christian persecution culture war type things,” he said. “Don’t you do it! Don’t you do it to Thanksgiving! I’ll give you the war on Christmas, we are trying to fuck that up. This is all reformed Jews have left.”
The debt deal has most Americans at least somewhat disgusted as they spent the week watching budget sausage get made, and tonightJon Stewart led the left flank of outrage in decrying the agreement. He didn’t have too many punchlines in his quiver today, just stern words for everyone involved in the process: refusing to allow President Obama to “thank the American people” for the bill and chiding Tea Partiers for opposing big government.
After showing a montage of clips of President Obama insisting that revenue increases must be part of the debt deal, Stewart played the tragic news to liberals: there would be no revenue increases in the debt deal. “I was really hoping that clip was going to be a lemur with his head stuck in a tub of mayonnaise,” he lamented. But his sadness became rage as the President thanks the American people for their involvement in this all. “Oh no, you’re not pinning this turd on us,” he said angrily, mocking his praise for Speaker John Boehnerand the bow-tied correspondent whose questions he answered in equal measure.
“So the Democrats got hosed,” he admitted, then turning to the right and expecting a well-deserved victory lap. Instead of joy, however, he found many Tea Partiers refused to vote for the bill because it did not cut enough. “What the fuck?” he repeated a couple of times (again, this wasn’t a segment heavy on jokes). “Yes, government still exists,” he cried. “We still have traffic lights.” He then chided them for, essentially, being anarchists: “government isn’t perfect, but some people wish it was better– not gone.”
See video here…
It appears that several people in the media and in entertainment have claimed that their “gaydar” goes on alert when watching Dr. Marcus Bachmann dance with his wife Michele or when listening to him speak.
As I mentioned last week, I’ll reserve my judgment until there’s actual proof that Marcus Bachmann is gay.
However, I couldn’t resist publishing this comedy routine from The Daily Show. Jon Stewart is really funny in the video below:
Earlier this month, ThinkProgress reported that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told an audience in Pella, Iowa that he would not sign a bill longer than three pages. (Cain later said he was “exaggerating.”)
Jon Stewart picked up on the story, imitating Cain and joking that if Cain was president he would require everything to be shorter: “Treaties will have to fit on the back of a cereal box … The State of the Union Address will be delivered in the form of a fortune cookie.” You can watch the segment here. (Chris Wallace later replayed the segment during Stewart’s appearance on Fox News Sunday.)
Speaking Wednesday at the Iowa Falls Fire Department, Herman Cain lashed out at Jon Stewart, claiming that Stewart was only targeting him “because I’m black”:
I did an interview on Sean Hannity’s show on the way over here. I had been traveling the campaign so much I did not hear what Jon Stewart said on Chris Wallace’s Sunday morning show last Sunday. Where he was mocking my three page bills. Did you see that show? And then he mocked me with a, you know, Amos and Andy type brogue. And Sean said you didn’t see that? And I said no Sean, I didn’t see that, I’m out campaigning. And so they played the clip. And I said well Sean first of all if he really thinks that I’m serious about a bill only being three pages the joke’s on him. And I said secondly, as far as him mocking me, look I’ve been called every name in the book because I’m a conservative, because I’m black.
Sticks and stone may break my bones, words are not going to hurt me. I was on that radio show because a happen to be an American black conservative. I labeled my self. I’m an American Black Conservative, an A-B-C. They keep trying to put labels on me. I have been called “Uncle Tom,” “sell out,” “Oreo,” “shameless.” So the fact that he wants to mock me because I happen to be a black conservative, in the words of my Grandfather, “I does not care. I does not care.”