Thursday, October 21, 2004

John Stewart goes too far?

Those of you who have watched "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, are familiar with one of its typical themes: making fun of the media. John Stewart (the host) recently appeared on Crossfire, and had some scathing comments about this. You can find a clip of the show here. It's an entertaining clip, but maybe he went too far when he made fun of Tucker's bow tie?


Blogger Qian said...

I just watched the clip and didn't think he really went that far. I thought Tucker Carlson was being a real dick though. He kept saying "I thought you were going to be funny." Which is insulting in a lot of ways and far more so than the little joke about his precious bow tie. And Stewart was pretty funny, just look at the audience's reaction. But Carlson was too pissed off to notice that. In fact, I think Carlson proved John Stewart's point. He didn't want any debate, especially not about the role of the media. He expected Steward to just come on the show, make jokes and pimp his book and show the "naked pictures" in the book and generally be entertaining. God forbid a comedian should have a serious thought.

10/21/2004 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Slate describes it as a "searing moment of lucidity". Broadcast media used to analyze and hold people accountable when they didn't tell the truth. Somewhere along the line they abdicated this responsibility in favour of giving equal time to partisan tools.

10/21/2004 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Mwal said...

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10/22/2004 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Mwal said...

The best broadcast journalism I know of is The NewsHour.

But, in my opinion, broadcast in general has never been particularly good at analysis. The print media are way better in that area.

Broadcast news does have its own advantages over print. It can bring a sense of reality -- immediacy -- being in the midst of the action. This can be used for the good. It can also be used to provide cheap entertainment by portraying serious problems as little more than fuel for an endless grudge match.

That said... gee whiz, it's just a bow tie. You've gotta be pretty low to attack a man in public for his choice in neckwear. :-)

[Previous post deleted to fix one lousy typo.]

10/22/2004 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger Qian said...

I would like to make clear that I have nothing but the utmost respect for bow ties, and my previous comment was not meant to disparage the tie but rather the wearer. I apologize if any bow tie enthusiasts are offended by my comments and offer the following quote from P.G. Wodehouse to atone for my transgression:

Jeeves (adjusting Woosters bow tie): Just a moment, sir. One aims for the perfect butterfly effect.

Wooster: Really Jeeves, do ties matter at a time like this?

Jeeves: There are no times at which ties do not matter, sir.

10/22/2004 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger Mwal said...

Ooh, excellent quote.

10/28/2004 02:44:00 AM  

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