There is today essentially no program that pairs left and right perspectives on camera as co-equal hosts to debate today’s topics. Is that a good thing?
Jon Stewart’s sassy segment mocking Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2009 did not age well.
Noting that lawmakers tweeted about never forgetting the heroes of 9/11, Jon Stewart accused them of ‘callous indifference and rank hypocrisy’ for not listening to him rant.
‘I think that journalists have taken it personally. … He baits them. And they dive in.’
The fact is, the idea that heavily biased political comedy shows appeal to enough people to make them viable is a fantasy.
The real danger of the ‘own the libs’ mentality isn’t just about the failure to persuade. It’s about failure to hold your own side accountable.
Jon Stewart attacked a show featuring political debate and strengthened the world where cultural elites mock those with whom they disagree. Take a bow.
‘The Tonight Show’ gets a bigger audience because most people aren’t looking for the self-righteous mirth of slamming those stupid Republicans right before bed.
Jimmy Fallon’s job is to do silly skits with Justin Timberlake and ease us to bedtime with mild jokes and interviews. It is not to set the limits of the Overton window or grill a presidential candidate.
This implies Trump is the first Internet troll candidate, campaigning for the lulz of getting everyone sputtering with outrage at the latest outburst that he maybe does and maybe doesn’t actually mean.
‘You’re hurting America.’ Those are the words that killed late-night comedy and gave birth to advocacy-with-jokes.
Daniel Tosh is an equal-opportunity comedian. Trevor Noah is not.
New ‘Daily Show’ host Noah Trevor moves a bit to the center.
Getting beaten out by Jon Stewart for The Daily Show was the best and worst thing that ever happened to him.
Jon Stewart’s contribution to society so far has been by replacing intellectual activity with thoughtlessness.
Jon Stewart is the Donald Trump of the Left, only more foolish. At least we all know deep down that Trump doesn’t believe anything he says he believes.
Jon Stewart is no patron saint of the American political center, and he certainly isn’t an “honest newsman.”
More flak than funnyman, Jon Stewart was the President’s pet comic.
Jon Stewart acted like a jerk to Wyatt Cenac. That doesn’t necessarily make him a racist.
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