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October 21, 2004

The Eye Now Falls Upon Jon Stewart


Ok, so not really (I just wanted to use this great image that I found on Eden's blog) But the right wing blog world sure dislikes Jon Stewart. Check out the below:

Right On Red
American Digest
Protein Wisdom
Ghost of a Flea
Hog On Ice

I'm sure there are plenty of others who are hating Jon for calling out Tucker Carlson and the rest of the Crossfire crew. I noticed that most of these blogs seem to focus on labeling Jon Stewart as a pompous ass and/or an idiot (or else it comes up in the comments). If you've ever read a real interview with Mr. Stewart (see the Rolling Stone with Stewart on the cover from a couple of weeks ago) you would know he has a pretty good head on his shoulders. I don't pretend to be politically knowledgeable in any way, but I think what the conservatives are more pissed off about is that he's not on their side (suppressing urge to nyah nyah and stick tongue out). I don't think Jon Stewart has any obligation to be fair to both sides. He has a political opinion and has made it public. I say more power to him. And he's lucky enough to have a television show.

Posted by Ensie at October 21, 2004 06:34 PM


Thanks for your link. I believe you will find my post says Stewart's Crossfire appearance "reminded me why I like and respect the man."

Posted by: Ghost of a flea at October 21, 2004 06:55 PM

Ghost, I did see that...I debated listing you here, and I really like what you have to say for the most part. Would you like me to remove you from my list of Jon Stewart haters? I was especially pleased that you mentioned Dennis Miller in your post, who has used his own show to support George Bush. I fully support his right to do that on his own show. I just think his show bites, while the Daily Show, and Jon Stewart, speaks to me and makes me laugh every time I watch.

Posted by: ensie at October 21, 2004 07:05 PM

"I'm sure there are plenty of others who are hating Jon for calling out Tucker Carlson and the rest of the Crossfire crew."

Wrong, I think the Crossfire crew is horrid.

"I don't pretend to be politically knowledgeable in any way, but I think what the conservatives are more pissed off about is that he's not on their side"

Sort of. When he provides people that "aren't politically knowledgable" false information, it bothers me.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at October 21, 2004 08:15 PM

Please feel free to keep the post linked here. I think this sort of debate is precisely what Stewart is asking for and believes is missing from the phony debate at Crossfire. And I agree with Bill that "the Crossfire crew is horrid."

Posted by: Flea at October 22, 2004 07:17 AM

And I forgot to say... I love the Ani di Franco blogtitle!

Posted by: Flea at October 22, 2004 07:19 AM

Watching the original interview, the main thought I had was that Tucker Carlson seemed to be unde rthe impression that "TDS" is a *news* show when it isn't. No matter what JS said, he clung desperately to his original thought, which is part of the problem with today's political conservativism IMO. Stubborn rigidity in opinion and refusal to alter the original idea. I always think of Kevin Bacon in *Animal House* waving his arms in the midst of a fleeing crowd, yelling, "All is well!"

Posted by: Eden at October 22, 2004 07:23 AM

As a devoted fan of Tucker Carlson AS WELL AS Jon Stewart (I know, how is that possible?) I have to say that Jon was really bagging on the entire *Crossfire* game...all of the hosts, as he ended up clarifying on his show on Monday. TUCKER just got a little too close to the Jon fire and was the one that faced a bit of the burn, but Begala, who is working for Kerry...was whipped around too, he just knew better than to provoke his guest.

Posted by: Jennifer at October 22, 2004 04:36 PM

Thanks Flea. I'm glad to see you recognized the title.

Posted by: ensie at October 22, 2004 05:10 PM

I don't know how you got "Jon Stewart hater" out of my post either. But I'm with Bill on this one: when Stewart provides people who "aren't politically knowlegeable" the information they believe makes them qualified to pontificate on political matters...well, then he's become a major media figure, and dismissing his partisanship just silliness doesn't fly.

Doesn't make him unfunny, though. Just a partisan who needs to be called to account.

Posted by: Jeff G at October 22, 2004 05:45 PM

When I said I'm "not politically knowledgeable" I meant to imply that I don't find myself obsessed with the politics of everything. I know how my political choices effect myself and my family, and I see how political statments and actions effect the world we live in. I didn't mean to imply that I feel I am ignorant or stupid, but merely that I don't consider myself an expert. I aplogize if I grabbed your blog or any others as examples of Jon Stewart "haters," when you don't feel that you are. I should have clarified that I was looking at both your post and many of the comments left by others. I can pull your link off my post if you would like, Jeff.

And...the point that Jon Stewart has made is that he is partisan, and that he doesn't need to apologize for it. He has never stated that his is an objective news show (like, say, Sinclair Broadcasting is attempting to do with Stolen Honor. He has always maintained that comedy is the first priority of The Daily Show, has stated his own political beliefs within all types of media, and nailed Tucker Carlson to the wall (along with the rest of the Crossfire crew) for claiming to "debate" topics on their show when instead they just spout their own partisan talking points.

Posted by: ensie at October 22, 2004 06:03 PM

I heart Jon Stewart!

But seriously - how can someone say he's "a partisan who needs to be called out" when he has absolutely no call to be BIpartisan? He's not a journalist, people! Comedian! Comedian! Smart, sure, but an entertainer as opposed to an informer nonetheless.

Oh, and I wondered about the Ani title, too, but never bothered asking. That's a beautiful song... reminds me of boys who broke my heart in college (good thing I can still chill with them these days...) :)

Posted by: Katie at October 22, 2004 07:14 PM

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