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Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays

Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays

By Karen Malpede (Editor); Michael Messina (Editor); Bob Shuman (Editor); Chris Hedges (Foreword)

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Zakaria

‘What [Bush] Needs Is a Therapist’

Appearing on “The Daily Show,” Fareed Zakaria, the editor of Newsweek International, said Bush still believes his policy is working in Iraq and suggested that the president may be the last neoconservative left in power.  When asked by Jon Stewart what role the president’s advisors might be able to play, Zakaria responded: “Without being flippant, I think maybe what [Bush] needs is a therapist.”

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Jon Stewart grilling John Ashcroft on torture; an unbelievable before-and-after as a billboard model is transformed; and a satirical campaign ad so preposterous that the GOP won’t even run it.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


John Ashcroft

Let the Eagle Soar

Former attorney general and amateur singer/songwriter John Ashcroft appeared Wednesday on “The Daily Show” to defend the president’s various abuses of power, including torture, which he characterized as stern questioning.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart
Norma Jean Roy

Study: ‘Daily Show’ as Informative as Broadcast News

It has often been said that “The Daily Show” is the major source of news for many Americans, but a recent study found the comedy program to be just as informative as nightly news broadcasts.  The only difference: While Jon Stewart and Co. dilute the news with humor, the networks fill their broadcasts with hype.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Dissects Ney Plea

Jon Stewart digests the latest Abramoff developments, including Bob Ney’s abuse of the “drinking problem” defense: “If you’re keeping score at home, that now makes alcohol responsible for corruption, anti-Semitism and homosexual pedophilia.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s slew of Truthdig-flavored videos includes two (gasp!) conservatives: Andrew Sullivan and Dennis Miller. Please listen to what they have to say—even if only to sharpen your debating skills. Also check out Robert Scheer on North Korea and Iran and Wolf Blitzer humiliating a GOP’er over Foleygate.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Nails Bush’s ‘Generals’ Excuse

When the president is asked why he refuses to change strategies in Iraq, he often says: “I listen to our generals.”  On Thursday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart ripped apart that statement with a series of clips that showed top brass criticizing the war and the administration.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Wolf Blitzer and Patrick McHenry

Blizter Humiliates GOP Rep. McHenry

Wolf Blitzer made GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry look foolish on CNN by exposing McHenry’s baseless charges that Democrats were orchestrating Foleygate. (It’s actually a “Daily Show” clip, and Stewart nails it, too.)

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Dennis Hastert

Stewart on the Power of Backdrops

“The Daily Show” host does a hilarious spoof on Dennis Hastert’s recent graveyard press conference.

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Lou Dobbs

CNN’s Working Class Hero

Lou Dobbs on ‘the Daily Show’ calls for a return to progressive values: “Why don’t we take on the concept that’s held the country in pretty good stead for 200 years and return to a national vision of shared burdens, shared responsibilities and shared sacrifice.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Dennis Miller and Jon Stewart

Dennis Miller Defends Pro-Bush Stance to Stewart

Dennis Miller tells Jon Stewart that Dick Cheney keeps the country safe; if the VP will blast his friend with a shotgun, what might he have in store for the evildoers?

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ on CNN’s Hysteria

Jon Stewart took CNN to task on Monday over the frenzied tone of its North Korea nuclear test coverage.  With little to offer in the way of fact and 24 hours of programming to fill, the news network turned instead to conjecture and doomsday prophecy, prompting this observation from Stewart: “CNN:  It’s 99.9 percent what they don’t know.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Bush's comma

Stewart Unloads on Bush’s ‘Comma’ Remark

Bush’s remark about the current bloodshed in Iraq simply representing a “comma” in the country’s history is fast becoming infamous. Stewart has a hilarious take on where, exactly, we might find that comma….

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Stewart and torture

‘Daily Show’ Rips Torture Bill

Jon Stewart and “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver put Bush’s torture bill in historical perspective.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Foley

Stewart Lampoons GOP’s Harboring of Foley

Newt Gingrich says House leadership would have been accused of gay-bashing had it aggressively addressed Mark Foley’s misdeeds.  On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart snapped back: “And by the way, equating a 52-year-old congressman who preys on 16-year-olds with being gay may be one reason the GOP is accused of gay-bashing.”

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our roundup of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Bill Clinton’s thrashing of Fox News’ Chris Wallace; Bill Maher & Co. debating the sanity of religion; retired generals blasting Rumsfeld; and Jon Stewart’s evisceration of Bush’s torture bill.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Stewart

Stewart Goes After Bush’s Naivete

“The Daily Show” host has the perfect rejoinder to Bush’s assertion, regarding the National Intelligence Estimate, that war critics are “naive.” Watch it.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


James McGreevey

Gay Governor’s ‘Confession’

Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, who stepped down after he was outed in 2004, speaks to Jon Stewart about his new book and how living in the closet prepared him for the duplicity of politics.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and Geneva convention

Stewart Rips Bush’s Torture Plan

When Bush asserts that the Geneva Convention is vague, because it prohibits “outrages upon human dignity,” the host of “The Daily Show” tees off.

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Pervez Musharraf

Tea and Twinkies With Musharraf

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf stopped by “The Daily Show” on Tuesday for some American delicacies and a candid discussion of the war on terror, including the Bush administration’s strong-arm diplomacy and his contemplation of war with America.

When Jon Stewart asked Musharraf who would win a Pakistani election, George Bush or Osama Bin Laden, the general shot back: “They’ll both lose miserably.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Stewart Mocks O’Reilly’s Al Qaeda Claim

The “Daily Show” pokes fun at Bill O’Reilly’s recent bragging that Al Qaeda has him on a hit list.  As Jon Stewart points out: “I don’t know if you’ve seen the Al Qaeda tapes, um…we’re kind of all on the hit list.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Stewart Probes Clinton for Hillary?s Weakness

Bill Clinton made an appearance on ?The Daily Show? Monday to share the heartwarming work of his Clinton Global Initiative, but the climax of the interview was much more fun.  Jon Stewart put the former president on the ?seat of heat? and asked: ?Mr. President, Hillary Clinton may be running for president.  If so, what is the key to defeating her??

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


John Oliver

John Oliver?s American Odyssey

The “Daily Show?s” ?foreigner? correspondent, John Oliver, reports from the front lines of the immigration debate, sharing his own harrowing experience: ?Jon, like billions of other unfortunate people in the world, I was tragically born not American.?

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Gary Hart

‘Daily Show’: Gary Hart’s Manifesto

Former presidential candidate and national security expert Gary Hart appeared on “The Daily Show” Tuesday to pitch his new book, “The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats.”  Evoking giants like Roosevelt and Kennedy, Hart challenged the wisdom of playing it safe and took a stab at the centrism so popular among Democrats in recent years.

Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Wiener on the New John Lennon Documentary

John Lennon historian Jon Wiener discusses the soon-to-be-released documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” which recounts President Richard Nixon’s campaign to deport the Beatle because of his antiwar activism. Wiener notes the eerie historical parallels between Nixon’s pronouncements about Vietnam and Bush’s statements about Iraq.

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Wiener
Courtesy Lions Gate Films

Jon Wiener on John Lennon

John Lennon historian Jon Wiener supplements his Truthdig article on John Lennon and the Politics of Deportation in this interview with Truthdig editor Robert Scheer.

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


John Lennon

Courtesy Lions Gate Films

John Lennon and the Politics of Deportation, From Nixon to Bush

The documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,? which opens today, recounts President Richard Nixon?s campaign to deport the Beatle because of his antiwar activism. In this report, Jon Wiener, a Lennon historian who consulted on the film, writes that President Bush has gone much further than Nixon in using immigration law to get rid of noncitizens whom the White House doesn?t like.

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


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9/11 Video Tribute

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we have assembled a collection of the most memorable and compelling footage related to that day—some of it iconic and unforgettable, like the images of the planes crashing into the towers, some of it more below the radar, like Jon Stewart’s first show after the attacks.

Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


911 collage

9/11 Video Tribute

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we have assembled a collection of the most memorable and compelling footage related to that day—some of it iconic and unforgettable, like the images of the planes crashing into the towers, some of it more below the radar, like Jon Stewart’s first show after the attacks.

Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


Colbert and Stewart

At the Emmys, Stewart and Colbert Take On Hollywood

As presenters during the annual television Emmy awards, Jon Stewart played straight man to Stephen Colbert as he railed against the “godless sodomites” in the audience.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


video round up

Weekly Video Roundup

In this week’s edition of the best Truthdig-flavored videos: Bush makes a stunning statement on Iraq’s connection with 9/11; a black “Daily Show” reporter rails on Republicans for not being racist enough; and Ann Coulter gets her comeuppance.

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


Stewart and Rockey

The Un-Sheehan

Jon Stewart plays up the irony when a Katrina survivor drives from Louisiana to Washington, D.C., for an unsolicited meeting with President Bush. The contrast with Cindy Sheehan is hilarious. Watch it.

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


Reza Aslan

CBS Islam Analyst to Stewart: We’re Losing a Marketing Campaign to Cave Dwellers

In an interview with Jon Stewart, author and CBS News analyst Reza Aslan called America?s war on terror a ?marketing campaign,? and then wondered aloud, ?Now, how the United States is losing a marketing campaign to people who live in caves….? (Watch it)

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


video round-up

Weekly Video Roundup

Check out the best of this week’s Truthdig-flavored videos. In this installment: Joe Scarborough asks “Is Bush an ?idiot??? Jon Stewart mocks RNC Chair Ken Mehlman’s new “Adapt and Win” talking points; Va. Sen. George Allen steps in a heaping pile of “macaca,” and more….

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


snakes
Image courtesy Snakes on a Blog

The Dawn of a New Era in Film?

Even though ?Snakes on a Plane? (which premieres today) promises to be a ludicrous action movie, it heralds a new paradigm in film: direct fan-filmmaker collaboration.
Responding to the pleas of fans on the Internet, the makers of “Snakes” added more violence, more nudity, and even the above line of profane dialogue. Never before have fans so directly influenced the production of a movie. Experts say the ripple effects across the industry could be huge.

  • Lots of great video links after the jump…

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart Rips Into Tony Snow on Israel

    The White House spokesman claimed that people wouldn’t forget that Hezbollah sent rockets into people’s living rooms. Stewart countered: “Tony, we were the ones putting rockets in their living rooms. We sold them to Israel and they were the ones who shot ‘em.”

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Mocks Media for JonBenet Speculation

    The “Daily Show” host reminds us why news networks had no trouble indulging in another round of wild speculation regarding the 6-year-old girl’s unsolved killing: For the media, JonBenet is known as ? oxygen.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Stew and Camus

    Stewart Finds Supreme Irony in Bush’s Vacation Reading

    Noting that President Bush read Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” during his break, Stewart gave a quick primer on the book that will leave you guffawing.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE



    What if Jon Stewart Were President?

    That’s the premise of “Man of the Year,” a movie starring Robin Williams as a Jon Stewart-type who successfully runs for the Oval Office. The trailer makes it look kind of cheesy and predictable, but, as a cultural moment, it’s interesting: the hunger for a truth-teller of fake news to lead the country.

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Rob Corddry

    Corddry: Unsure if Allen?s Racism Helps or Hurts Him

    Jon Stewart asked “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry if Virginia Sen. George Allen had damaged his image by using a racial slur to describe a young campaign worker. Corddry: ?I don’t know what ?macaque? means, but it sure as sh—sounds racist. And John, here in Virginia, I’m still not sure if that helps or hurts a guy.?

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Jack Kingston

    ‘Daily Show’ Probes GOP Rep?s ?Pimp Tax?

    Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wants to impose penalties on pimps who don?t file W-2 forms for their prostitutes. But “Daily Show” correspondent Dan Bakkedahl asks, ?Instead of a tax on pimps, why not a rebate on hoes??

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Rob Corddry

    Pre-Cease-Fire Fighting Was Like Bachelor Party, Corddry Says

    “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry does a hilarious take on Israel’s and Hezbollah’s seemingly inexplicable burst of violent fighting in anticipation of the cease-fire. Also, his sendup of United Nations peacekeepers is riotously funny.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show on propaganda

    Stewart Mocks RNC Chair’s ‘Adapt and Win’ Makeover

    Watch Jon Stewart tear down Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman?s attempt to sell America on the outright lie that GOP?ers aren?t for ?staying the course? in Iraq ? rather, they?re out to ?adapt and win.?
    Stewart: Yeah, what a—hole said “stay the course”?
    [As videos of Bush saying just that fill the screen]

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show

    Stewart Skewers Joe ?Loserman?

    The “Daily Show” opened Wednesday with coverage of Ned Lamont?s victory over the man Jon Stewart referred to as ?Joe Loserman.?  After playing a clip of Lieberman?s concession speech where the senator said the game was only half over, and the Lamont team was just ahead, Stewart shot back, ?Perhaps I could, uh, offer my own, uh, sports comparison, if you will.  There was a game, and you lost.?

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Williams and Stewart

    Stewart Quizzes Brian Williams Over Lebanon, Katie Couric

    “The Daily Show” host asked the NBC newsman, just back from Lebanon, whether anything there seemed manufactured for show. Williams’ story about Hezbollah rockets put that to rest. The two also sparred over CBS’ Katie Couric, who will soon be nipping at Williams’ heels.

  • Transcript (with link to video)
  • Video

  • Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Nails Condi on ‘Hypothetical’ Hypocrisy

    Jon Stewart presided over a mock game show on Tuesday, during which he played highlights of Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Alberto Gonzales contradicting themselves and refusing to answer the simplest of questions.

    Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    video collage

    Truthdig Weekly Video Roundup

    Check out a collection of the best Truthdig-flavored video clips of the past week. Featuring: Hillary Clinton’s smack-down of Donald Rumsfeld; Jon Stewart on Mel Gibson media coverage; a head-banging Ted Stevens music video, and more…

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show covers the coverage of the rapture

    ‘Daily Show’: Rapture Watch 2006

    Jon Stewart had a roundup Thursday of a bizarre recent trend: Armageddon ?news? coverage.  Behold this montage of shame, in which every TV news outlet from ?Good Morning America? to MSNBC seemed to make an appearance.  CNN, in its quest for fact, checked something called a ?rapture index,? while Fox News demanded a rapture timetable, prompting Stewart to comment, ?That?s the timetable Fox News is demanding we have.”

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart on Bush's wieght-gain

    Stewart to President: ?I Give Up.  You?re F—-ing Insane?

    After Tony Snow announced the results of Bush?s recent physical, “The Daily Show? host seized the opportunity to mock the president?s weight gain. But when Bush, in a speech, began talking about eating crabs with the 1972 Miami Dolphins, Stewart decided that the president had, finally, gone off the deep end.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart interviews Vali Nasr

    Jon Stewart’s Plan for Peace in the Middle East

    During an interview with Vali Nasr on Tuesday, “The Daily Show” host grew frustrated with the increasing violence in the Middle East and offered his own plan for peace in the region.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


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