In case you were wondering.
Jon Stewart brilliantly recalls GOP rhetoric during the presidential campaign that labeled Obama as anti-Israel because he didn’t support Bibi Netanyahu… by pointing out that quite a few Israelis didn’t vote for Netanyahu in that country’s elections. “Oh my God — 50 percent of Israel is anti-Semitic!”
And this, of course, was Jon Stewart’s brilliant, but somewhat muted (due to a cold) rant against gun nut NRA types from last night’s Daily Show.
“Jon is a real inspiration to me. I’m very lucky to have him as the guy I learned how to produce and write and run a show like this from. He’s also an inspiration for the dedication he puts into the show every day, holding on to a high standard of distilling the jokes down into satire. Or at least distilling the jokes down into their finest point you can get them to before show time. Because you know, you can stop at 5:00, and be done, but if you drive all the way through to show time, you can really either say exactly what you want, or get exactly the joke you want. And he has never dropped it, after 12 years he’s still, every day gives everything. And that’s an inspiration to me, that he can stay so focused after all these years and really seem to enjoy himself.
And I’m also lucky to have him as a friend, because, you know, on days when I am completely wrung out, I can call him and say, How do you keep caring, every day? Because there’s nothing in the news that’s getting me going, there’s nothing happening right now with our scripts. I can’t express, I can’t convey a clear vision for anybody, because it’s always ultimately your responsibility, I can’t inspire. And he can say, well, ‘Join the club, you know? It comes and goes. I’ve been where you’ve been right now, I’ve gone through everything you’ve gone through, and I’m here to tell you, it gets better. Just stick with it, it’ll be fine. Because this is all cyclical.’ He is so supportive. I am so lucky to have Jon Stewart of all people call me up on a random day and say ‘I like that thing you did last night, and here’s why. And here’s what else you could do with it,’ or call me up and say ‘Hey, help me out, I’m trying to do something tonight. What do you think I should ask Newt Gingrich? What do you think I should ask Donald Rumsfeld?’ And I’m honored that he would ask that of me. And he’s also just a good, fun guy. I’m lucky to have him as a friend, and as a mentor.”
– Stephen Colbert on his relationship with Jon Stewart (via stephencolbert-jonstewart)
This was the promotional wrap for the Tuesday edition of AM New York.
I wouldn’t exactly call Jon, Stephen and Comedy Central prescient in re: Ohio, but still.
Jon Stewart calling this portion of CNN’s ridiculous debate coverage a “virtual Dick In A Box video” was absolutely nail-hit-on-head perfection.
“If this is a guy whose religion forbids him from drinking alcohol, could you imagine what he’d say if he was shitfaced?”
JON STEWART, reacting to Mitt Romney saying “If the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African-American voting bloc has in the past, why we’re in trouble as a party — and I think as a nation,” on The Daily Show.
I wonder how he “clarifies” that remark.
Watch Jon Stewart tear apart the right’s contention that the Obama campaign is now based on “hate”… by using their own words against them.
"Are Republicans really that blind to the depths of their own vitriol?”
Last night, I counted no fewer than four fat jokes on your broadcast, in which you used derogatory terms for overweight people or otherwise referenced their body weight in a, well, not-so-nice manner.
I understand the need to mercilessly dress down the idiocy and idiots in Washington and throughout American politics: that’s what The Daily Show does best. It’s why your show wins praise from liberals, disdain from conservatives, and oh yes, Emmys.
Perhaps part of me is just a little sensitive about this subject, being overweight myself. But really, fat jokes — including calling people “fat pieces of shit” — have no place on your otherwise fine TV show.
You and your writers are smarter than that: your research staff is unequaled, and your producers are whip-smart and resourceful and clever and a whole bunch of other awesome adjectives. Your audience, myself included, look to your show for unrivaled wit and insight on current events and thus don’t expect you to launch into spurts of ad hominem attacks. Which, quite frankly, is what you did on four separate occasions last night.
There’s plenty of other reasons to dislike Chris Christie, as well as paparazzi on the street. Go after their politics and go after their work practices — that’s completely understandable and in most cases deserved.
But going after people because they’re fat?
That’s well beneath you, sir. And I think you know that too.