August 14, 2007


Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out, Karl

Jon Stewart bids farewell to the Turd Blossom:

As much as I enjoyed this opening segment of last night's Daily Show, I almost threw my wine glass through the TV after watching the following:

I'm sorry Jon, but after some decent jabs, you ultimately treated Bill Kristol like he was Matt Damon plugging his latest action movie. Bill Kristol is one of the country's leading neoconservatives and perhaps the biggest cheerleader of the ill-fated war in Iraq. Here's what Bill wrote just prior to our illegal invasion:
We are tempted to comment, in these last days before the war, on the U.N., and the French, and the Democrats. But the war itself will clarify who was right and who was wrong about weapons of mass destruction. It will reveal the aspirations of the people of Iraq, and expose the truth about Saddam's regime. It will produce whatever effects it will produce on neighboring countries and on the broader war on terror. We would note now that even the threat of war against Saddam seems to be encouraging stirrings toward political reform in Iran and Saudi Arabia, and a measure of cooperation in the war against al Qaeda from other governments in the region. It turns out it really is better to be respected and feared than to be thought to share, with exquisite sensitivity, other people's pain. History and reality are about to weigh in, and we are inclined simply to let them render their verdicts.
The verdict that has been rendered is this: People like Bill Kristol have the blood of thousands of coalition troops and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians on their hands. Jon Stewart gave this American terrorist a free pass and let him have the last laugh. But there's nothing funny about this war or any war. I expect better from you Jon. Make it up to us tonight...

I disagree that Stewart gave Kristol a "free pass." Jon's the only media guy I've seen yet who's nailed O'Hanlon and Pollak for the hawks they are, and to Kristol's face.

You know what I wish? That bloggers would stop demanding that Stewart deal with certain current affairs "seriously." He's a comedian, after all, and comedians are not supposed to be "serious." I think, whenever Kristol and his ilk are on, Jon yanks his chain gleefully and that's what TDS should do: lob spitballs at the powerful.
i think the part of the interview that ticked me off the most is when kristol said, "everyone agrees the surge is working" and jon just let it pass. the surge isn't working -- it's just killing more people. jon should have sent kristol off, asking him how he sleeps at night rather than saying kristol's line was "the best" he's heard and allowing kristol to bask in the laughter
p.s. - i'm obviously in the minority on this: the bloggosphere is congratulating stewart on "calling kristol out." i think this is an example of lowered media expectations since kristol literally seems to get a completely free ride, sans jabs, everywhere else he appears. i actually would have liked to see stewart punch kristol's lights out
I agree, I was disappointed with the way Jon Stewart handled William the Bloody. But, as O'Reilly is fond of saying, paraphrasing, if he's too rough on his guests they won't come back, but, I say, if you're not rough on them, what's the point in having them back? On the other, hand Jon Stewart doesn't seem to have a killer instinct, or a malicious bone in his body, while Kristol on the other hand...
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