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‘Daily Show’: The Informant!

Posted on Dec 1, 2010

The WikiLeaks diplomatic drama has caused the collective twisting of multiple pairs of knickers in the highly interconnected international diplomacy and espionage circles, and of course, whatever vexes those in power is prime comedy material for the minds that bring you “The Daily Show.” Aasif Mandvi and Jon Stewart report for duty in this clip from Tuesday’s episode.  —KA

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By samosamo, December 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment


Old johnny lost me just now, though he was
getting old and fragged earlier, when I looked
him up on google>wikipedia and read about his
tearful homily the day after 9/11. Apparently he
still takes the ‘official story’ as truth. Whether he
does or not is of no real consequence since his
try at seriousness on the rachel maddow interview
makes me think he is ‘too funny, too often’ to be
taken seriously.

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By shadesofgrey, December 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

After JL’s false equivalency of Keith to Glen, his self absorbed self righteous rant
with Rachel, I’ve watched him less and less. With his smarmy trivialization of JA,
Jon does more damage to himself than Julian. There’s more than late-nite comic
fodder between the lines of the cables, if someone really wanted to dig and
connect the dots.

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By mdgr, December 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

By freikish, December 4 at 9:09 pm

Agree, but then, WTF didn’t Stewart showcase that point?

Instead, he framed Assange as a pornographic joke. As someone vaguely French.

Stewart didn’t bother to acknowledge that what WikiLeaks has done both before and now was both seminal and courageous.

No, Stewart was using his formidable intellect to score points. His adversary (the intellect has its limits) was our collective feeling function, our collective sensibility, our collective soul.

Stewart used it as a sledge hammer, and in so doing, he simultaneously revealed who he was as a person.

He is scum. Dirt.

And when he lectured us on the virtue of “sanity,” he may as well have been blowing bubble gum.

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By freikish, December 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

Wow - lots of Stewart haters.

Look, the point I thought he was making regarding how trivial the leaks really are was a counterpoint to Assange’s overblown view of these cables (He likes to “smash bastards” and this is how he does it?)  I find the information that’s been reported thus far to be, as JS put it, banal.  The stuff that was reported earlier coming out of Iraq was, IMHO, far more indicting of our political overlords than anything in this leak.

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By Fat Freddy, December 4, 2010 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

New Wikileaks site:

Pass it on.

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By mdgr, December 4, 2010 at 3:41 am Link to this comment


Righto. It’s not just JS’s narcissism, however. His self-congratulations is infectious; to the extent that his viewers imagine they “get” his jokes, they pat themselves on the back and smirk. I had endured it to a point, though he lost me with the sanity rally. His take on Assange, however, crosses too many lines.

The above link is to a response I just made to Gerard on another thread. I think that some of what I said was important, and I don’t want it to get lost, hence the current migration to this thread.

Assange is a galvanizing presence. They’re trying to bury him right now, but I’d like to believe that something else is on his side. The resistance that’s emerged is monolithic. My guess, however, is that Julian Assange is also monolithic. I’ve never seen anyone in his class, and he is playing out a destiny that I doubt even he fully grasps. But for idiots like Stewart, he might become the poster boy of a whole new ethos, a new mode of daring.

If this is Stewart’s contribution to “sanity,” I spit on it in closing.

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By racetoinfinity, December 4, 2010 at 1:39 am Link to this comment

Jon Stewart lost me with his obsequious interview with Obama, with his pointless rally, after having drawn so many people eager to show their displeasure with our corporate plutocracy——opportunity wasted (and of course that’s not where Stewart was/is at)....and then in an interview claiming that Faux News is NOT partisan.  That’s not even a sane comment. 

And then, there’s this from the clip:
“If there’s total transparency, we won’t see anything”  That’s a clever rhetorical turn, but absurd on its face.  We will see everything.  Bless heroes like Assange, and here’s hoping he gets to expose the banksters as promised soon.

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By cruxpuppy, December 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment

mdgr, you make good points. I think what is most distasteful about JS is his oh so coy narcissism. I never watch the show anyway. It’s just aggravating to realize so many people get their spin on events from this sleazy little creep….

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By glider, December 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

Rather ignorant take on Assange by Jon.  This and his call to leftist complacency, aka Restore Sanity, have diminished his stature IMO.

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By mdgr, December 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

By cruxpuppy, December 3 at 2:52 am

Nicely stated, and I fully agree with your post. 

Stewart’s riff was cute, harmless and predictably off-point. So was the sanity-show on the White House lawn. It reduces progressive anger, heroism and the defense of principle to a penis joke, an obscenity.

Stewart is right. Americans are cynical. Under his spin, Assange—as messenger—becomes more important than his message. Assange is thrown under the bus, Amazon emerges as hero. White is black, and black is white. In the Hall of the Troll King, said Ibsen in “Peer Gynt,” anything is possible. Rove knows this, and so does Stewart.

Stewart has become nothing more than a cheap joke, just another diversion. Screw him.

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By abdel malik, December 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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remember folks, Jon Stewart is an entertainer. Just as Colbert is ‘playing’ the role of a ‘right ringer’ Stewart is ‘playing’ the role of a ‘left ringer.’ that’s as far as it goes. We appear to be so desperate for progressive,populist leadership that we will except entertainers to play that role.

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By cruxpuppy, December 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment

Stewart is tiresome. Trivializing an heroic attempt to lift the veil and mocking the hero himself in order to make himself seem ever so hip & informed is not at all funny. It’s sleazy. Follow this ultra-savvy put-down with some penis jokes and you completely diss the entire Wikileaks event. If only the liars and scoundrels posing as representatives of the American people could be so funny and dismissive. But they can’t be because it hurts to be exposed for what they are. They want to murder Assange and Stewart is right there to aid and abet….

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By ardee, December 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

Methinks Stewart’s comments regarding the relativity of the importance of those leaks, as he compared them to the Pentagon Papers etc., was in opposition to the strident and ridiculous right wing spin giving these leaks the stain of treason.

But hell, there are hundreds of thousands of cables and Ive read maybe three…..Besides, it seems to have come to pass that the American public is wholly disinterested in its governmental processes and practices. Excepting that they all want lower taxes and less government aid to everyone else, not to themselves of course.

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By Jess, December 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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So let me get this straight.  Jon Stewart does not think the information obtained from this disclosure is, in any way, informative?  I very much disagree.  Information on how our government operates is important to any serious supporter of democracy.  Furthermore, any information the government keeps secret from us should be welcomed when released, not criticized as “old news”.  Vilification of the whistleblower or telling him to stop with the drama is evidence that many are willfully ignorant of the importance of the information.

I guess this piece of news: “U.S. officials tried to influence Spanish prosecutors and government officials to drop court investigations into torture at Guantánamo Bay and CIA extraordinary rendition flights” from Democracy Now is not important?  Is that because Jon Stewart already knows our government works to thwart democracy and justice around the world?

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By Peter Knopfler, December 2, 2010 at 12:26 am Link to this comment

As usual well said nice plug on TSA airport groping,
don´t touch my junk opportunities. YES no surprises to
Assange Those with no sins, cast the first stone, or
just get stoned and enjoy wiki leaks like a reality TV
show, invite Julian to the DR.Phil show, Sat. night
live, the tonight show, Opra show, Jon steward show and
arm wrestle, Jon and Julian, has a ring to it, Its not
Haynes until TSA says so until then its fruit of the

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