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Direckshun
08-26-2008, 12:00 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/08/25/ST2008082503384.html

No Joke: Jon Stewart Takes Aim At 24-Hour Cable News 'Beast'

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 26, 2008; Page A20

DENVER, Aug. 25 -- Jon Stewart ripped the cable news networks Monday as a "brutish, slow-witted beast" and castigated Fox News in particular as "an appendage of the Republican Party."

Wearing a gray T-shirt, khaki pants and a healthy stubble, the "Daily Show" host told reporters at a University of Denver breakfast that Fox's "fair and balanced" slogan is an insult "to people with brains" and that only "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace "saves that network from slapping on a bumper sticker. . . . Barack Obama could cure cancer and they'd figure out a way to frame it as an economic disaster."

"I'm stunned to see Karl Rove on a news network as an analyst," he said of the Bush White House aide turned Fox commentator. Stewart, who voted for John Kerry in 2004, said he didn't see CNN's James Carville, the former Bill Clinton aide, in the same category because "I don't think he's being passed off as a sage."

A Fox News spokesman, who was authorized to give the network's response to Stewart's comments but declined to be named, replied that "Jon's clearly out of touch," citing a Pew Research Center study showing the network has the most balanced audience in cable news, 39 percent Republicans and 33 percent Democrats. "But being out of touch with mainstream America is nothing new to Jon, as evidenced by the crash-and-burn ratings of this year's Oscars telecast."

Stewart included CNN and MSNBC in a far-ranging indictment of what he called "that false sense of urgency they create, the sense that everything is breaking news. . . . The 24-hour networks are now driving the narratives and everyone else is playing catch-up."

Stewart, who is doing his nightly show from both conventions, declared his love for newspapers as a better source of political coverage but said they are fighting "a losing battle because they're getting overshadowed." He pronounced the network evening newscasts "obsolete" because of the growing speed of news.

The Comedy Central funnyman touched a nerve when he criticized journalists for having off-the-record dinners with politicians, such as a barbecue in March at John McCain's Arizona ranch. "That colors your vision of them so clearly and so profoundly," he said.

When New York Times columnist David Brooks and others protested that there was value in getting to know candidates privately, Stewart stood his ground: "I don't say access is useless. But the more you get sucked into it, the more you become part of that machinery." And when another reporter accused him of courting the press at the breakfast as skillfully as any officeholder, Stewart called the comparison "crazy."

Asked if late-night comics are shying away from Obama, Stewart cracked that they were, because of "liberal bias and not wanting to be racist. They want him to win badly, and yet don't like black people."

Stewart, who pokes fun at Obama as a messiah-like figure, warned that comedy has a short shelf life. "An age joke about McCain is at this point somewhat meaningless -- because it's already trite."

Asked if McCain, a frequent "Daily Show" guest, ever complained about his treatment, Stewart said the senator understands his role: "He knows we're there to introduce him to 20-year-olds smoking out of apple bongs."

DaneMcCloud
08-26-2008, 12:03 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/08/25/ST2008082503384.html

A Fox News spokesman, who was authorized to give the network's response to Stewart's comments but declined to be named, replied that "Jon's clearly out of touch," citing a Pew Research Center study showing the network has the most balanced audience in cable news, 39 percent Republicans and 33 percent Democrats. "But being out of touch with mainstream America is nothing new to Jon, as evidenced by the crash-and-burn ratings of this year's Oscars telecast."

Pussy.

If you're gonna bring, ****ing bring it.

Don't hide.

Nightfyre
08-26-2008, 12:06 PM
I strangely doubt Fox News "Fair and Balanced" coverage claim has to do with the demography of their viewers.

mlyonsd
08-26-2008, 12:15 PM
Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendell is ripping news media coverage of Barack Obama. The Politico newspaper reports Rendell popped off during a panel discussion at a Denver hotel. It featured the moderators of the broadcast network Sunday shows. Rendell backed Hillary Clinton during the primaries and now supports Obama.

But that did not stop him from venting, "The coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing... MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign." Rendell continued to say MSNBC's Chris Matthews "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons."

CNN's Lou Dobbs, meanwhile, expressed a similar sentiment Sunday, saying on air, "My colleagues in the national media are absolutely biased, in the tank supporting the Obama candidacy while claiming the mantle of objectivity."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,410341,00.html

Too funny. It's like a school girl cat fight.

SNR
08-26-2008, 12:15 PM
Jon Stewart is a dickless airbag. Not because of this, but when people confront him about the political issues he DOES get involved in outside of his show, he masks it all and says, "Come on, I'm a guy on a comedy show that follows puppets making prank phone calls." And he does it every friggin time.

Own up and say what you mean or keep your damn mouth shut.

SNR
08-26-2008, 12:16 PM
Oh, yeah, and Stephen Colbert is 10x funnier than Stewart.

Donger
08-26-2008, 12:17 PM
IMO, Fox News is clearly slanted toward the Republicans. That being said, I think it's also clear that CNN and MSNBC are slanted toward the Democrats.

SNR
08-26-2008, 12:19 PM
IMO, Fox News is clearly slanted toward the Republicans. That being said, I think it's also clear that CNN and MSNBC are slanted toward the Democrats.MSNBC? With shows like Kudlow & Company and Glenn Beck?

Nightfyre
08-26-2008, 12:19 PM
Oh, yeah, and Stephen Colbert is 10x funnier than Stewart.

No doubt.

dirk digler
08-26-2008, 12:21 PM
IMO, Fox News is clearly slanted toward the Republicans. That being said, I think it's also clear that CNN and MSNBC are slanted toward the Democrats.

Fox News - I agree

CNN - I am not so sure about.

MSNBC - definitely on Obama's side

Reaper16
08-26-2008, 12:43 PM
I've always found CNN to have not a left or right bias, but a money bias. They're shifty; they stir both pots.

beer bacon
08-26-2008, 12:48 PM
CNN designates 6 hours every day to running McCain's smear ads, and the rest is spent talking about Hilary Clinton.

irishjayhawk
08-26-2008, 12:51 PM
Jon Stewart is a dickless airbag. Not because of this, but when people confront him about the political issues he DOES get involved in outside of his show, he masks it all and says, "Come on, I'm a guy on a comedy show that follows puppets making prank phone calls." And he does it every friggin time.

Own up and say what you mean or keep your damn mouth shut.

I think we're repeating the same thread we had a while ago.

This view is just plain wrong.

J Diddy
08-26-2008, 02:30 PM
Oh, yeah, and Stephen Colbert is 10x funnier than Stewart.


um, not so much

Direckshun
08-26-2008, 02:32 PM
Yeah, Stewart only deflects to his "I'm just a comedian" when pressed about himself.

When pressed on political issues, he's far more combative, as this article illustrates. This article details an entire argument he just had with the media.

SNR
08-26-2008, 03:33 PM
Yeah, Stewart only deflects to his "I'm just a comedian" when pressed about himself.

When pressed on political issues, he's far more combative, as this article illustrates. This article details an entire argument he just had with the media.That's different from political discussion. As a satirist, it's his job to make fun of and call out media types.

I didn't get involved in the other thread, irish, so, uh... yeah, there's that. If you want to argue it twice, that's fine, otherwise what thread were you talking about this in?

irishjayhawk
08-26-2008, 06:10 PM
That's different from political discussion. As a satirist, it's his job to make fun of and call out media types.

I didn't get involved in the other thread, irish, so, uh... yeah, there's that. If you want to argue it twice, that's fine, otherwise what thread were you talking about this in?

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=189221&highlight=stewart