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Sarah Palin Takes Shots at Hillary, Sharpton… But Praises Jon Stewart

 

Hey, it’s Saturday, a slow news day…

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Sarah Palin joined Fox News’ Eric Bolling onCashin’ In Saturday morning and shared her thoughts on some of the big news stories of the week. After throwing some harsh words towardsHillary Clinton and Al Sharpton, the only person she seemed to have anything nice to say about was Jon Stewart.

Despite the fact that Palin recently suggested Clinton should run for president in 2016, she clarified to Bolling, “I said it’s fine if she ran, I didn’t say it’s fine if she won.” She added, “We don’t need, you know, more of the blue blood. We need new energy!”

On the recent revelations about Sharpton possible role as an informant for the FBI during the 1980s, Palin said, “There are so many reasons to look at Al Sharpton and not be impressed, this is just one of those.” Without much elaboration on what about helping the FBI makes the current MSNBC host a bad person, she instead focused on his role as a “critic of the average American” like her. “He’s not one to help to get the country back on the right track,” she said.

Towards the end of the interview, Bolling brought up a recent PSA in which both Palin and Stewart’s voices appear side-by-side. To be fair, Palin avoided saying anything explicitly positive about The Daily Show host, but did highlight his role in the effort to help wounded soldiers who are looking for training and work.

Watch video below, via Fox News:

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Jon Stewart Slams CPAC: ‘As Jesus Once Said, ‘If You Give A Man A Fish, Don’t, Period, End Of Bible’

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This year’s CPAC convention offered plenty of material for Jon Stewart to dig into, and throw some shade upon, from Paul Ryan’s dubious “brown bag” anecdote to Wayne LaPierre’s intro music (Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love”).

To sum up Ryan’s point about the ills of giving free lunches to school children, Stewart recalled, “As Jesus once said, ‘If you give a man a fish, don’t, period, end of Bible.’”

But “The Daily Show” host simply had to hide from LaPierre’s description of America as a nightmare, GTA 5-esque landscape.

Watch the clip above and click over to “The Daily Show” for more.

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Jon Stewart Is Shocked (But Not Surprised) By GOP Killing Veterans Bill

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When a bill came up for vote that would have expanded health care and education for veterans, we knew two things would happen next. First, Republicans would block the bill, because that’s kind of their thing. Then, Jon Stewart would deliver a passionate monologue explaining just how disgraceful this is.

Stewart did just that on “The Daily Show” last night, correctly attacking senate Republicans for their shaky argument for voting against the bill — which was somehow made even worse when an unrelated Iran sanctions amendment was attached to it. Of course, at least one senator argued that it was the only way the bill would get noticed.

“How do you justify attaching the Iran sanctions bill to the veterans’ benefits bill?” Stewart responded. “That’s right, you’re the victim here. You’ve been denied something that you need by an impersonal government bureaucracy. How can anyone know the anguish that you must feel?”

Check out the full clip above to watch Stewart wish the same shame on Republicans that has been brought upon John Travolta.

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Watch The Daily Show mock the Kochs’ meddling in small-town politics

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Jon Stewart talks about the mess in Syria, but Jason Jones steals the show from Coralville, Iowa

Jon Stewart started out Wednesday night’s Daily Show with an update on the situation in Syria — the spinach the audience had to sit through, he quipped, before they got their dessert, guest George Clooney. Things aren’t going well in Syria, he noted, with the recent United Nations–supported Geneva II peace talks ending in failure, leaving no end to the bombings, starvation, disappearances, and other assaults on Syria’s civilian population. (Watch below)

Things are so bad in Syria, Stewart noted, that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had to disown the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a brutally violent al Qaeda–affiliated group trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This schism in the terrorist group is a major challenge to Zawahiri’s authority — a fact that doesn’t exactly win sympathy points from Stewart.

For more on the situation in Syria, Stewart turned to Senior Foreign Correspondent Samantha Bee, live from “Beirut.” She coined a phrase — TINOs (terrorists in name only) — saying that’s what ISIL is calling al Qaeda’s central management. She then ended the segment with al Qaeda’s response to this inter-operational challenge: A recruitment video, eerily similar to a famous Apple add, for terrorists who respect “a well-established chain of command.” Watch:

The highlight of Wednesday’s show, however, was Jason Jones’ excursion to Coralville, Iowa, a town of 20,000 that had a nasty mayoral race last cycle. (Watch above) Jones talks to Mayor John Lundell, who was the recipient of a sleazy direct-mail campaign. It’s a classic Jones interview, ending with the mayor laughing and uttering a mild explicative.

Jones moved on to a city council candidate, Chris Turner, who was supposed to benefit from the mailings. Turner had nothing but nice things to say about the incumbents who beat him, including Lundell. Only then did Jones unveil the source of the attack ads: brothers David and Charles Koch and their deep-pocketed super-PAC, Americans for Prosperity. “Tired of losing in big national elections,” Jones explained, “they’re embracing a new strategy of buying wins in local races, using national-style cutthroat tactics.”

The tactic didn’t work in Coralville, or anywhere else it turns out. Turner says that when Americans For Prosperity entered the race, it was “kind of like being endorsed by Charles Manson.” He tied for last place. To find out why these “yokels” didn’t “embrace the future of small-town attack-ad politics,” Jones interviewed “big city super-PAC sympathizer Matthew Vadum,” a conservative author and polemicist.

At this point in the interview you have to wonder why conservatives agree to appear on camera with The Daily Show. Vadum, though, took to his assigned role with relish. He called (presumably) the residents of Coralville “small-minded” for rejecting attack politics, and defended the misleading mailers by arguing that private organizations have the right to try and influence elections. That takes a bit of showmanship, Vadum added.

So Jones confused everyone at a Coralville town hall meeting by doing a song-and-dance number, a la Harold Hill in The Music Man. Yeah, I don’t know what to make of it either. He then confronted Vadum with Turner’s statement that he’s happy he lost, since it might help shoo the Koch brothers away from Coralville. Vadum said Turner took the wrong lesson from the election.

When Jones asked what the right lesson would be, Vadum was stumped for a comically long time, then finally offered this: “There’s nothing he can do about another group coming in.” That’s probably bad for small-town America, but promising fodder for Daily Show writers down the road.

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Watch The Daily Show lament the media’s patience with Chris Christie

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Jon Stewart started out Monday night’s Daily Show with some good jokes about the Super Bowl and some incomprehensible jokes about a newly married Irish couple in his studio audience. He followed that up with a look at how new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dealt with the third big snowfall of his month-old tenure.

During the previous storm, residents of the tony Upper East Side complained that they had to wait up to 24 hours for their roads to be cleared of snow, while areas of the city that supported de Blasio in the election (instead of his Democratic primary opponent Christine Quinn) were swept clean more quickly. Stewart checked in with correspondents Samantha Bee (snow-free Times Square), Jessica Williams (tropical Brooklyn), and Aasif Mandvi (arctic Upper East Side) to see how the cleanup went this time.

Stewart then turned his gaze across the Hudson to New Jersey, and the deepening political scandal embroiling Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.). He spent a good amount of time examining the ties that bind Christie with one-time high school classmate David Wildstein, whom Christie appointed to a new position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Wildstein, the official implicated in closing lanes onto the George Washington bridge, recently said through a lawyer that Christie knew about the politically motivated traffic jam, contradicting Christie’s public statements.

This is juicy stuff, especially since Christie has also said — contrary to media reports — that he and Wildstein weren’t even acquaintances in high school. When Wildstein turned on Christie, the governor lobbed more high school–era accusations against his appointee. With all this red meat, why, Stewart wondered, is the media being uncharacteristically evenhanded and waiting to see the proof before passing judgment? “Who are you people?” he asked. “Where’s the swift, impatient justice in the court of public opinion — you know, the news?”

Stewart then pronounced himself disappointed, not in Christie, but in the news media. “If this measured-approach thing catches on,” he says, “I’m out of a f—king job!” (Watch above)

The rest of the show is Stewart’s interview with de Blasio. In part one, Stewart asked about the snow — drawing some pretty good responses from the mayor — then got down to the important business: pizza. If you are a Daily Show watcher, you know that 1) Stewart is obsessed with New York–style pizza and believes there is only one acceptable way to eat it, and 2) de Blasio was caught on film violating that rule, using a knife and fork  instead of his hands.

So Stewart brought out a sausage and mushroom pie from John’s Pizzeria in the West Village. De Blasio was obviously prepared for this, as he brought a knife and fork out of his jacket pocket. The absurdity of Stewart’s arbitrary pizza purity aside, they get some good jokes in:

In part two, Stewart and de Blasio talk about actual things of substance, like stop-and-frisk, de Blasio’s plan to tax the wealthy to pay for universal pre-K for New York City children, and economic inequality. There’s more of their interview online, if you’re interested. But you’ll get plenty of policy in this five-minute stretch. Watch:

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Watch The Daily Show mock Trump and other global warming deniers

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Fox News is having a field day using the freezing weather to question climate change. Jon Stewart isn’t amused.

Jon Stewart started out the first Daily Show of 2014 by vowing to give up all discussion of divisive and controversial subjects, like politics and religion. Obviously — thankfully — that didn’t last much longer than his decision to talk about the weather.

The weather, of course, is frigidly cold in New York and throughout much of the rest of the United States, which has predictably empowered global warming deniers. After a series of purposefully awkward jokes, Stewart made the relevant points: The global climate and your city’s weather aren’t the same thing, extreme weather of all types is actually baked into global warming, and globally we’ve notched at least 12 of the hottest years on record since 1995. None of that matters to the talking heads at Fox News, who predict that this cold snap — the “polar vortex” — will end all talk of global warming for good.

This isn’t all that unexpected — as John Aziz points out, belief in global warming fluctuates with the weather. But that doesn’t mean Fox News should fan those doubts, Stewart said. After a strange tangent about how angry his balls are, he lamented: “Apparently decades of peer-reviewed scientific study can be, like a ficus plant, destroyed in one cold weekend.”

Stewart really exploded when Fox Business host Stuart Varney acknowledged that his dismissal of global warming is “just my opinion.” Stewart then took on the common talking point that climate scientists are cooking the data on global warming because of the money and prestige from being a climate scientist — or, as Fox News’ Eric Bolling phrased it: “I think these scientists are laughing from their lavish laboratories and their vacations up at the arctic and their nice boats that are well-equipped.”

So corporations making millions by denying climate change are unimpeachable, Stewart paraphrased, “but keep an eye on those tricky climate scientist thousandaires.” If only there were an expert we all trusted to settle the debate once and for all, Stewart said — before noting Fox News’ turned to, of all people, Donald Trump.

Trump inserted himself into the conversation with a series of weather-related tweets, which he has interspersed with inspirational tweets about entrepreneurialism since late December. A sampling:

After taking some potshots at Trump’s hair, Stewart turned to senior climate correspondent Jessica Williams. The mocking of Trump continued as The Daily Show‘s makeup department got a rare chance to show off its special effects talents.

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Jon Stewart Blasts Fox Over ‘Duck Dynasty’

In the 80′s when I was at an interview for admissions to a pre-law honors program at college, one of the questions asked was: What’s your position on the First Amendment, particularly the issue of free speech?”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[1]

I remember answering the question by rephrasing a quote from Voltaire:  “I may not like what you say, but I’ll gladly defend your right to say it…”I said .   It’s how I have always felt about free speech.

I’ve never seen an episode of Duck Dynasty.  I do know that what I’ve read thus far, one of the cast members gave an interview to GQ Magazine in which he had some choice words for Blacks and Gays.

Yes, what Phil Roberston said  to  GQ  was stupid and insensitive on so many levels, but to castigate him by removing him from the series is just as wrong as what he said.  So, long story short…I agree with Jon Stewart on this one…especially when he demonstrates how Fox News is the biggest violator of free speech by stifling others’ free speech.  This also applies to Tea Party types and many Conservatives.

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On last night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took a position on A&E’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson — and it’s not the one you may think.

He admitted he has never seen the show (“I don’t actually watch ‘Duck Dynasty,’ and I had assumed it was a show where ducks reenact the show ‘Dynasty’ — which, by the way, would have a huge gay audience”), but when news broke that Robertson made homophobic and racist comments to GQ in a new interview, Stewart was hardly surprised that Fox News would be outraged.

And of course they were, as personalities lambasted “political correctness” and the “word police” who were punishing Robertson for expressing conservative views.

While Stewart did not agree with Robertson’s statements, he took the Patrick Henry stance of defending his right to say them. “I think the guy said a zinger,” Stewart deadpanned. “But I also have an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant shit on television doesn’t get you kicked off that medium,” he said while adopting a sheepish look, implying that he would have been kicked off years ago had he been held to the same standard. (Although some would argue that the nature and context of controversial statements determine the punishment. Stewart’s own “Daily Show” predecessor, Craig Kilborn, was suspended after making sexually crass comments about his female staffers to a men’s magazine.)

Stewart may have defended Robertson’s right to say what he said, but he could hardly ignore the hypocrisy on Fox News’ part about how far free speech should go.

“I guess I stand with the free speech absolutists at Fox News, who don’t believe you should have to adhere to the culture norms of speech. Mostly,” he said, before rolling a montage of Fox personalities outraged that some people and companies have abandoned “Merry Christmas” in favor of “Happy Holidays,” including a certain reality show family.

Check out the full clip above.

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Stewart Praises Budget Deal: Hallelujah! A Break From All the ‘Congressional F*ckery!

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It’s been so long since Congress actually compromised on something, Jon Stewart seemed almost giddy Wednesday night that there’s a budget deal that could very well pass. Stewart even played “Hallelujah” in celebration, though quite frankly, absolutely no one on either side is really happy about this.

Stewart fully expected to do another cursory look at “today’s congressional f*ckery” but was legitimately surprised at the “witchcraft” that must have led to this deal. He mocked all the piling on the deal prior to reading what was actually in it, and John Oliver stridently declares the deal is so good, it “ranks up there with the Civil Rights Act.”

But let’s face it, this isn’t a sexy story, so in the second segment of the show, Jason Jones tried to make it more like Die Hard, but buzzkills like NBC’s Chuck Todd ruined all the fun for him.

Watch the first segment below, via Comedy Central:

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Jon Stewart’s Reaction To Megyn Kelly’s ‘White Santa’ Statement Is All We Need

By the way, has anyone noticed my new avatar ?  It’s a gesture against Megan Kelly’s “statement” about “Santa”…

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Fox News has certainly made their fair share of problematic gaffes on air, but on Thursday, they marched forward with out-and-out racism when Megyn Kelly clarified to kids that Santa is white, despite what the liberal media has been telling them.

Yes.

Jon Stewart hit back: “Who are you actually talking to?”

He tried to imagine the kid Kelly was addressing: “Sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white.”

Even more troublesome was her statement that the black Slate writer she was addressing need not have concerned herself with such issues: “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change.” As Stewart pointed out, that’s literally the dictionary definition of oppression.

Check out the full clip above.

 

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Jon Stewart Cannot Understand The Media’s Freakout Over Obama’s Castro Handshake

I love this guy…

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You know it’s a slow news week when a significant portion of Monday’s news coverage centered around President Obama’s handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro.

Jon Stewart could barely wrap his head around the media’s subsequent fascination with said handshake, as he outline on last night’s “Daily Show.”

“Barack Obama [was] at a funeral celebrating Nelson Mandela, a man whose legacy is that he forgave and embraced his foes and tormentors, and thus inspired his country to a national and democratic rebirth,” Stewart said. “Attending that, Obama had the audacity to greet another world leader with a gesture so meaningless you can train a basset hound to do it.”

He continued: “What the f*ck is wrong with us?”

Plus, some of Stewart’s critics, like Sen. John McCain, have not exactly been without sin when it comes to shaking hands with our past and future enemies.

Check out the clip above for Stewart’s full missive.

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