Thank You, Daily Show
I’m a big fan of the Daily Show. I’ve been watching it semi-regularly since it first went on the air in 1996 with Craig Kilborn in the chair. At that point it was more of a rip-off “SNL’s Weekend Update,” reporting current news and adding a punchline. They had interviews like they do now, where the interviewer would ask the interviewee absurd questions, but they were clearly editing tricks, where the interviewees were not actually asked those questions.
When Jon Stewart took over, the show became more overtly political, and also grew a pair. Now when a ridiculous question pops up in an interview, we can rest safely assured that the correspondent actually asked that question.
It’s gotten to the point where The Daily Show is the only news commentary show I trust. Jon Stewart is astoundingly intelligent; whenever a guest comes on who has written a book, Jon has read the book in preparation for the interview. He asks his guests harder and more sincere questions than anyone else in the news media; he has, on a supposedly fluff “comedy show,” taken powerful politicians to task in front of a live studio audience.
Most importantly, they do their research. If a politician or news analyst makes a statement directly in contradiction to another of their own statements, they dig it up and share it with the world.
Case in point, this video from last night’s show, taking the media to task for their double standard in letting VP-nominated Sarah Palin off the hook for…well, everything.
I’m voting Obama, and enthusiastically so, and anyone who isn’t — well, I just have nothing to say to them, because obviously we neither speak the same language nor live in the same reality. But regardless of your politics, regardless of which way the pendulum swings, it’s good to know that The Daily Show is there to call people on their bullshit. And I’ve seen them hit the Dems just as hard, and with good cause.
If I believed there was a God, I would thank him for The Daily Show. Since I don’t, I’ll settle for just thanking them.
Speaking of which, I’m really bogged down with work and haven’t had time to continue Case for a Creator. Considering I don’t want to just post glib or dismissive posts, I’ll hold off continuing the reading for a while until I can review and post more substantively.