John Stewart: Funny

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I’ve criticized John Stewart and The Daily Show for being fairly timid in the age of Obama. But this roasting of Keith Olbermann is pretty righteous. Easy, but righteous.

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37 Responses to “John Stewart: Funny”

  1. #1 |  Don | 

    Too funny!

  2. #2 |  Don | 

    Oh, and I am looking forward to Stewart’s remarks on Olberman’s end of the world (or at least the U.S.) in last night’s comments on the Citizens United ruling.

  3. #3 |  john | 

    guess which one i watch on a regular basis and which one i wouldn’t watch even if CIA torturers were ripping my fingernails out one by one?

    ok, ok, i watch john stewart on a regular basis. :O)

  4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I think if being a nude model were one of the requirements to run for Congress, the entire country, nay, the world, nay, the universe, would be better off. I suspect there’s a possibility it would greatly enhance women’s representation in politics as well.

  5. #5 |  Michael Chaney | 

    It’s interesting to me that the failure to refute some jackass in the audience (whom Brown might not have even heard) makes him an advocate of violence against women, yet refusing to prosecute a cop and son of a campaign worker who sexually assaulted an infant with a hot curling iron (actually *did* something akin to what was merely *unseriously suggested* by Brown’s audience member) isn’t a problem.

  6. #6 |  Aresen | 

    Dave Krueger | January 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    I think if being a nude model were one of the requirements to run for Congress, the entire country, nay, the world, nay, the universe, would be better off.

    *Imagines Harry Reid, Robert Byrd, Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, etc in the buff.*

    NONONONONONONONONO!

  7. #7 |  Mary | 

    Have you been following the Fairfax shaken baby case? I’d be interested in your thoughts.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/21/AR2010012103395.html

  8. #8 |  SamK | 

    I dunno that Nancy gets my blood pressure up every time I think about her…not sure that has anything to do with femininity though.

  9. #9 |  Chris K. | 

    Affleck did it better

  10. #10 |  Tim | 

    Ben Affleck’s is hilarious: http://justaintright.blogspot.com/2008/11/ben-afflecks-parody-of-keith-olbermann.html

  11. #11 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Stewart works best as polemic.
    When his polemic is directed at polemic,
    such as Olbermann’s, it’s often a more tenuous undertaking than
    the days of yore, the Comedian’s Dream, George W. Bush.

  12. #12 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Thread jack alert.

    Opening statements start today in a murder trial of a guy in Wichita, KS who is accused of killing an abortion doctor. One of the issues is whether the guy on trial will be able to defend himself by arguing the abortion angle (I killed a man who would have murdered hundreds of babies…).

    The judge has basically said he does not intend to put abortion on trial and pro-choice groups say that allowing that defense could encourage pro-life extremists to kill more doctors.

    So… To me, this looks like a potential case for jury nullification. I suspect it could result in a hung jury, but the defense could use it as an opportunity to have the jury acquit even though though the guy “did it”. In other words, the jury would be “judging the law as well as the man”.

    I am against abortion bans, but I am also a strong supporter of a fully informed jury. I think I would be hypocritical if I said this guy shouldn’t be allowed to argue that the doctor needed killin’ if he so chooses. Anyone care to weigh in?

  13. #13 |  Petty Douche | 

    Pedantic asshole alert:

    It’s Jon, not John. I think he’s been around long enough that we should all be on board with the correct spelling.

  14. #14 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    I am soooo stealing “a big bag of mashed-up jackass.”

  15. #15 |  dsmallwood | 

    i don’t get the glasses. is that a standard bit? why all the changes?

    and, it really wasn’t that funny. its like SNL, its 30 seconds of funny in a 5 minute bit.

  16. #16 |  Highway | 

    The glasses are a prop. Like the ‘serious’ newscasters who will denote an editorial or opinion piece by turning to a different camera, and putting on their ‘serious’ glasses (where they are just props too). The joke is the repetition to absurdity. :)

  17. #17 |  Bag of Ass | 

    Is it ignorance or malice that has you always posting the man’s name as “John” Stewart when even the embedded clip clearly shows it as “Jon”?

    Hmmm? Sir?!

  18. #18 |  Jon Gray | 

    @Dave

    I agree with you in principle that a jury has a right to be fully informed. However, there probably does need to be some control over what is entered. If this makes you feel any better, and as a disclaimer I don’t know the case fully, I imagine the Judge is saying that the jury instructions won’t include a self-defense (defense of others) instruction, but he could still take the stand and say “Yeah, I killed the sonofabitch because he’s an abortion doctor.” So, jury nullification is still viable here, but it’ll have to be true nullification as opposed to a finding of self-defense.

  19. #19 |  André Kenji | 

    What I find bizarre is that Olbermann is comparing this decision with *Dred Scott* and saying that´s the worst SC decision since that time. C´mon, worst than Plessy v. Ferguson(That upheld segregation), Schenck v. United States(That sent antiwar Eugene Debs to jail) or Buck v. Bell(That upheld forced sterilization)?

    If that´s not racist it´s pretty asinine.

  20. #20 |  PogueMahone | 

    A few months ago when this site was touting that Stewart wasn’t that funny anymore, I thought that … well, maybe there was some merit to it, or that they just haven’t given that much time.
    After all, the good comedians are opportunists. And Stewart is obviously a successful comedian and will take advantage of whatever opportunity that presents itself.

    Voila!!

    Cheers.

  21. #21 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Speaking of funny, this is from the latest updated article about Haiti from the AP:

    “Each day we are getting better and better and extending our reach to more and more of Haiti,” said Army Col. Bill Buckner.

    I swear I did not make up that name.

    What a perfect representative of the State’s relief efforts!

  22. #22 |  PogueMahone | 

    And another thing…

    I often hear from my conservative brethren, that Stewart leans left ant that he has an advantage because his media employers are themselves leftists.

    What a giant load of mashed up bullshit.

    It’s a free market.

    FOX tried it.
    Newsbusters tried it.

    They all failed. Miserably.
    If you think you can make fun of the Left as well as Stewart makes fun of the Right, then have at it. You have every opportunity.

    Maybe the fact is, that the Right is more easily mockable than the Left.

    Not everything must be fair and balanced.

    Cheers.

  23. #23 |  Frank | 

    http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/ci_14226996

    Citizen tells off off-duty PA state trooper for parking in the fire lane. Trooper calls 3 buds to bust in citizen’s house for DUI and disorderly conduct. Now uninvolved witnesses support citizen’s initial contact report.

  24. #24 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Olbermann has been and always will be a complete moron.

    And Afleck’s impression was the worst thing I’ve seen in 30 years of watching SNL.

    How is anyone looking at Olbermann, Beck, O’Reilly and the rest without immediately saying “These guys are ass hats.”? I guess I have the same question about why Congress isn’t viewed as similar ass hats.

  25. #25 |  Kristen | 

    I suspect there’s a possibility it would greatly enhance women’s representation in politics as well.

    Oh shit. We’d end up with a Senate and House full of Sarah Palins.

  26. #26 |  damaged justice | 

    “Maybe the fact is, that the Right is more easily mockable than the Left.”

    Or that most people “lean left”, and don’t appreciate being mocked.

  27. #27 |  Jay | 

    “If you think you can make fun of the Left as well as Stewart makes fun of the Right, then have at it. You have every opportunity.” Talk radio seems to be doing quite well mocking the left. I’m sure clear thinking people would be happy to let the free market rule. Right leaning stuff does well on the radio, left leaning does well on TV (although, arguably, a fair portion of the mockery that happens on South Park is aimed at both camps and they do ok). To my mind, it’s only an issue when the Government tries to force programming down the pipe.

  28. #28 |  Stephen | 

    Off topic but this

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-tenaha_23tex.ART0.State.Edition1.4c169e6.html

    looks like good news. Judge says no you can’t use the asset forfeiture money to defend yourself against charges that you broke the law seizing the money. Some nice one liners too. “She has stink all over her,” for one.

  29. #29 |  Mattocracy | 

    I would like to think that Olberman will feel ashamed after this, but assholes never admit defeat. Good For Stewart.

  30. #30 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #25 Kristen

    Oh shit. We’d end up with a Senate and House full of Sarah Palins.

    Here’s the way I see it. If nude modeling were a requirement for Congress, we would probably not attract many candidates with brains, but we might get some with looks. For the most part, we’re not getting much of either right now.

  31. #31 |  primus | 

    neither is worth watching

  32. #32 |  Frank | 

    http://www.gadling.com/2010/01/23/full-body-scanner-operators-complain-over-pervert-accusations/

    TSA Nude-O-Scope operators don’t like being called perverts.

    Don’t want to be called a pervert? Stop operating electronic strip search machines at airports. Problem solved.

  33. #33 |  Pete Guither | 

    In response to Jon Stewart’s criticism, Olbermann admits his rhetoric was over the top.

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/keith-admits-his-rhetoric-has-been-over-to

  34. #34 |  qwints | 

    Another case of being arrested for resisted arrest. Now with added “closed fist strikes”.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/01/22/pennsylvania.arrest.dispute/index.html?hpt=T2

  35. #35 |  b-psycho | 

    If you think you can make fun of the Left as well as Stewart makes fun of the Right, then have at it. You have every opportunity.

    Even when making a political point, the first thing a satirist must do is be funny. Without the humor you’re just another ranting fool, regardless of what you’re saying. Stewart realizes that, while the right-wingers that have tried it thus far don’t.

  36. #36 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Hi Dave: Sorry, meant to plus not minus you.I agree the issue needs an open airing. Fully informed juries are ESSENTIAL in a democracy.

  37. #37 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #36 Andrew Williams

    Hi Dave: Sorry, meant to plus not minus you.I agree the issue needs an open airing. Fully informed juries are ESSENTIAL in a democracy.

    I tend to agree, but it’s not as clear cut as I thought. The argument against judging the law calls into question the right of 12 people on the jury to override a law that was enacted by a legislature that was elected by all the people.

    I would be inclined to permit the defense to pursue whatever argument they want. The state can then refute the argument, telling the jury that even a bad law doesn’t justify murder. I think the likelihood of someone being on the jury that would actually support the killing of doctors would be very small (especially if they were screened out during voir dire).

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