February 15, 2013 |
On “The Daily Show” on Thursday, host Jon Stewart grilled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice about the Obama administration's response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year. He began by asking about the explanation she provided for the attacks during appearances on Sunday political talk shows just days after the incident. “I shared the best information that our intelligence community had at the time, and they provided the talking points that I used.
October 5, 2012 |
President Obama took a beating on late-night television Thursday, a day after delivering a sluggish debate performance against his rival, Mitt Romney. On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart joked that Obama's debate loss represented a rare moment of bipartisan accord: Pundits on both the left and the right agreed that he choked. “There is no red America, there is no blue America, there is only the America that can't believe how bad this guy did in the debate,” he said, paraphrasing Obama's career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
August 31, 2012 |
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are primarily known as political satirists, but on Thursday night they were both in fact-checker mode, marking up Paul Ryan's keynote speech with their metaphorical red pens. On “The Daily Show,” Stewart was struck by the contrast between Ryan's reputation as a policy-focused, “speaker of hard truths” and his speech, which, though well-delivered, was short on specfics and long on the whoppers. Stewart took Ryan -- a.k.a. “Chiseled Chin McNicey Face” -- to task for making misleading claims about Medicare funding and the failure of a proposed bipartisan debt commission.
December 14, 2012 |
“The Daily Show” broadcast its last new episode of 2012 on Thursday night, and Jon Stewart closed the year by looking forward - specifically, to the two historic gay marriage cases going before the Supreme Court in 2013 . Stewart began with a little historical context, reminding viewers of the fact that it was President Bill Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, and and that states as politically divergent as...
November 8, 2012 |
For viewers with a taste for schadenfreude, Fox News was the only place to be on election night. From Karl Rove's refusal to believe the network's own projection that Mitt Romney had lost Ohio , to Bill O'Reilly's assertion that the “white establishment is now the minority,” to Sarah Palin's enormous new Joan Collins hairdo, there was a panicked and slightly unhinged quality to the evening's proceedings. Not surprisingly, Jon Stewart had a field day with the material on Wednesday's “Daily Show.” He was especially delighted by the fact that it was left to co-anchor Megyn Kelly to force Rove to face the music, via a long walk through the bowels of the Fox News offices and a meeting with their in-house nerds.
January 9, 2013 |
“The Daily Show” was on break during the massacre last month in Newtown, Conn., and for the loud aftermath that followed - from the newly impassioned cries for gun control coming from surprising corners of the political universe, to the NRA's poorly received news conference and plan to install armed guards in schools across the county. A few weeks' delay didn't stop Jon Stewart from devoting nearly all of Tuesday's episode of “The Daily Show” to the issue of gun control.
October 9, 2012 |
Fresh off a busy weekend of sparring with Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show” Monday night with a harsh critique of so-called jobs “truthers” - conservatives who believe, against all credible evidence , that President Obama and his allies manipulated the positive jobs report issued late last week. “What else would explain why, after unemployment has been steadily declining for the last year, that now suddenly, right before the election, it suddenly declines a little more?
August 20, 2012 |
Today in “news that's interesting if not terribly surprising”: Jews like Jon Stewart and Christians like Stephen Colbert. In a survey conducted by the religiously themed dating websites JDate and Christian Mingle, more than 2,000 users were asked to name their “favorite political news funnyman.” Stewart, who is Jewish, was the overwhelming favorite of the JDate poll (51% ) while Catholic Stephen Colbert won a plurality of the votes on Christian Mingle (39%). To be fair, the survey was less than scientific and the choices were rather limited - in addition to Stewart, Colbert, users could select “Real Time” host Bill Maher or “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers - but the results suggest there may be a strong cultural bias when it comes to political satire.
February 21, 2013 |
“The Daily Show” has had a lot of fun with regional peculiarities this week. On Wednesday, Jon Stewart had a good laugh at the expense of the Russian people and their blasé attitude about seemingly everything -- including giant flaming space rocks. Last night, he targeted a place closer to home: Mississippi. Stewart began by noting how some states have reputations that are hard to overcome. Fair or not, the Magnolia State has never quite been able to shake the legacy of slavery and segregation.
October 23, 2012 |
Even before “The Daily Show” aired Thursday night, conservative pundits were already up in arms over two words uttered by President Obama during his conversation with Jon Stewart: Not optimal. For those of you unfamiliar with the brouhaha, Obama said that it was “not optimal” that four Americans were killed in Libya - a detail many conservatives seized upon as evidence of his apparent indifference to the attack. Of course, this conveniently ignored the fact that Obama was rephrasing a question posed by Stewart, but hey - who needs context?