Glenn Beck criticizes republicans all the time.
And since he's got a comedy show with a left wing base, the smart bet would be on him making fun of the right wing most often. I'm not sure what your point is other than that Stewart is not fair and balanced. He sure isn't, nor should he have to be.
A comedian can deride something one second and then praise it the next. It's not hypocrisy if both parts are funny. A comedian doesn't have to be consistent -- he has to be funny.
For ****'s sake, how don't you understand that? Jon Stewart is making fun of X and Y for comedic purposes. He happens to lean "left" or "Democratic" or whatever, yes. So? I understand it might not be your cup of tea, but don't watch then.
I mean, how is that any different than a comedian doing all marriage jokes or all Hispanic jokes or all stoner jokes? Yes, the comedian would have a bias one way or another. And yes, the material would tend to attract a certain audience. But that doesn't change the fact that we're still talking about a comedian here.
The Daily Show is NOT a news program and does NOT claim to be "fair and balanced." For Jon Stewart to make fun of FOX for falsely claiming to be "fair and balanced" is for Jon Stewart to make a joke. You may not find it funny -- and hell, you may be justified -- but it's still a joke.
You say that Stewart "keeps pulling the comedian card." That's called a punchline. It's an industry term. It's also an indication that he is, indeed, a comedian. Watch The Daily Show and you'll notice how every segment, every point, every remark ends on a comedic note. That a joke may be a biting satire, that it may contain some truth, that the setup may be just plain facts ... none of that makes the bit not a joke.
Take the movie Dr. Strangelove. It's possibly the finest satire of the Cold War out there. But at the end of the day, it's a comedy and nothing more. Now Stewart is no Kubrick and The Daily Show is no Dr. Strangelove, but these principles apply nonetheless.
Or better yet, take The New Yorker's political cartoons. Over the course of a hundred years or whatever, I'm sure those cartoons have derided and praised the same thing at least once. And I know that those cartoons contain an element of social or political commentary. Those cartoons also, however, strive to be funny. You wouldn't hold those cartoons to the same standard that you hold a New York Times OpEd piece, would you? And you certainly wouldn't hold those cartoons to the standards of the NYT's front page, right?
Last edited by philab; 09-20-2010 at 07:08 PM.
His fans sometimes take him too seriously though. And he sometimes takes himself seriously. He can get preachy, like I've mentioned.
Which I don't have a problem with. I get more annoyed by the audience applause than anything Stewart says.
I understand that Fox used to claim to be fair and balanced all the time. I get it. But I have a problem with the biggest left leaning honk in media calling out another outlet for not being fair balanced, regardless of who claims what.
I know you consider him "just a comedian", but he is more than that and everyone knows it. He has massive influence on voter opinion. He knows this and he does everything in his power to take advantage.
I see this rally for what it is: a political event that is designed to discredit Beck, Fox News, and the "TeaBaggers".
That is much more than comedy.