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Occupy Targets Obama

Occupy Des Moines protesters decide it’s high time to occupy the Democratic headquarters, and they won’t be the last; Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” gets more viewers than Fox News; and one of America’s most visible poets fell out of grace thanks to a racist poem. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Daily Show’: Lowe’s Balls of the Week

In this lively snippet from Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart takes stock of the ballsiness—at times to the point of complete delusion—on display this week from the likes of Herman Cain (remember him?), who made Barbara Walters lose her cool, Mitt Romney and President Obama. Well, maybe not that last one.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE


America, Meet the Mouth of John Burton

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton has a certain way of talking that is familiar and even entertaining to those who know him, but “The Daily Show” seemed genuinely shocked to discover a politician who doesn’t give a shit about our Victorian sensibilities.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Losing Barney Frank

Not so fast, Fox News Nation. Although Congressman Barney Frank’s announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2012 has sparked glee in the GOP, Jon Stewart notes in this “Daily Show” clip that Frank has been the all-in-one target for all things reviled by conservatives: “He’s your everything bagel.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Jon Stewart Fails PolitiFact’s ‘Truth-O-Meter’

Jon Stewart recently went on Fox News and said, “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ... Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.” The St. Petersburg Times evaluated the claim and deemed it “false,” but its investigation reveals a lot more about the sorry state of news and the problems with trying to identify informed Americans. (more)

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Chest in Show

Well, this is awkward. Jon Stewart had the unenviable task of responding with humor to the bizarre spectacle that was his friend Rep. Anthony Weiner’s big reveal—both in sexting form and in the congressman’s eventual admission of guilt—on Monday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


Stewart Schools O’Reilly on Common

And that’s just for this round between the two TV talkers—but who’s counting? Once again, Jon Stewart set his comic act aside for a more serious debate with Fox News’ leading loofah enthusiast Bill O’Reilly, this time over the White House’s shocking inclusion ... (more)

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Bernie Sanders, No Chaser

Yes, Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” skewering of the Trump vs. Obama birtherversy was funny. You can watch it here. We’d rather focus on a more substantial segment from that show, featuring straight-shooting Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


What Does Glenn Beck’s Departure Have to Do With George Soros?

Because you know if there’s a left-wing conspiracy, George Soros is in on it somehow—at least in the wacky, weird, blackboard-enabled world (population: 1) inhabited by soon-to-be-former Fox News show host Glenn Beck.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Conspiracy of Teachers

In this startling soliloquy, Jon Stewart takes stock of the current clime in and beyond, say, Wisconsin and comes to the conclusion that teachers—that’s right, teachers—are ruining America. Watch and learn.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Revenge of the Curds

Let’s get a couple of things straight about this situation going down in Wisconsin: First, yes, the clash between thousands of union-friendly employees and Gov. Scott Walker is a big deal, but no, this conflict is not at all like the one that just occurred in Egypt. Or Tunisia.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: I Like Big Cuts

Could it be a coincidence that the same kinds of programs that, say, certain prominent Republicans are calling to be cut out of the budget are also those that tend to be supported by Democratic voters? Hmmm.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Jon Stewart: Shades of Edward R. Murrow?

Although he has repeatedly insisted that his is not the role of a straight-up journalist and that he has no designs on a conventional political career, that doesn’t stop people like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from casting Jon Stewart in a nobler light ...

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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White House Looks to Jon Stewart in 9/11 Health Bill Bid

Not doing much to convince certain detractors that “The Daily Show” is in cahoots with the Obama administration, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs voiced his hope, during a press briefing Tuesday, that Jon Stewart would be able to ...

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: The Informant!

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.”

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE


‘It Gets Worse’ With John and Cindy McCain

Politicians don’t seem to realize, or maybe the word is care, that we have this stuff called advanced technology that records their statements for posterity and endless playback. Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” crack team of researchers ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


Maddow and Stewart Talk Satire, Sanity

Jon Stewart sat down for a lengthy talk with MSNBC power host Rachel Maddow on her eponymous show Thursday night to talk about politics, punditry and, once again, his recent “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Lest anyone have the wrong idea ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Stewart Takes a Whoopin’ Over Rally

It seems as though some of Jon Stewart’s news and/or comedy colleagues from the wild world of cable TV didn’t buy into “The Daily Show” host’s recent sanity rally in Washington. Here, Stewart takes some hits from Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Canada Reports Huge Jump in Immigration

Canadian immigration officials have reported a huge increase in the number of requests for Canadian citizenship in the past 24 hours, with more than 55 million such inquiries pouring in since late Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Give Us This Day Our ‘Daily Show’

Political comedy, without practical application within a political strategy, will merely satiate our hunger for real change with a punch line and rob us of our sensitivity to any number of social and political injustices.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: An Obit on Our Hopes

Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer made a recent appearance on “GRITtv with Laura Flanders” and went straight for the jugular with his pronouncement, now two years since the presidential election and on the brink of the midterms, that it’s time for “an obit on our hopes.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


Christine O’Donnell Favors Separation of Speech and Thought

“To tell you the truth, I don’t know if there’s anything about that in the Constitution,” she added. “In the version of the Constitution that I read, Big Bird didn’t mention it.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 READ MORE


Watch Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

For y’all who couldn’t make it to Washington, D.C., and don’t subscribe to cable, Comedy Central’s website has provided a live video stream of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Enjoy.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Mondo-Bizarro Campaign

With their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” this weekend, political satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are late to the party. This weird campaign has been Comedy Central all along.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama’s ‘Daily Show’ Stint a Success, Says Team Obama

Other sources may disagree, but the word around the White House on Thursday was that President Obama’s special appearance on “The Daily Show” the night before had been “a success,” according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Does ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart was respectful but tough as the president defended his accomplishments and made the case for his party. Highlight of the night: President Obama said “Larry Summers did a heckuva job ...” to which Stewart replied, “You don’t want to use that phrase, dude.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Stewart Gives Back to D.C.

As he prepares for Saturday’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington, D.C., Jon Stewart has been using his “Daily Show” platform to rustle up funds to help shape up and beautify the National Mall in our nation’s capital.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Get on the Sanity Bus

As the day fast approaches when lots and lots of Americans will converge in Washington, D.C., for Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, three “Daily Show” envoys round up six special Americans to join them as they ride to the rally on the sanity bus.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


Jon Stewart’s Rally, as Seen From Taiwan

As Jon Stewart prepares for his “Rally to Restore Sanity” this Saturday in Washington, D.C., and Fox Newsers spin stories of Democratic conspiracies, the politically attuned animators over at NMA World Edition in Taiwan have clearly been paying attention ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


Crashing ‘The Daily Show’

Two surprise guests dropped by “The Daily Show” on Thursday. First came Stephen Colbert, whose apparent failure to score a permit will lead to a hybrid “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on Oct. 30. And then Oprah Winfrey crashed the show to announce that she’s picking up the tab to send the studio audience to the Washington rally.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE


Everyone Pile On Rick Sanchez!

This has not been excitable former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez’s week. Things went downhill for the newsman after he took a straight-up anti-Semitic shot at Jon Stewart, calling the “Daily Show” host a “bigot” and extrapolating wildly to make the ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Sanchez Fired From CNN

CNN has canned Rick Sanchez after the “Rick’s List” host unleashed a verbal barrage against Jon Stewart’s “bigotry,” Jews in the media, and the institutional racism he says he experienced in the newsroom. Guess what part of the rant the media is going to leave out?

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: The O’Reilly Pinhead Factor

Fox News mainstay Bill O’Reilly enjoyed a petal-strewn welcome on his return visit to “The Daily Show” on Monday to pitch his new book, but it wasn’t exactly a love-in between him and Jon Stewart, especially after O’Reilly’s unfortunate attempt at drone humor.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Jon Stewart Has No Future in Politics

Well, that headline isn’t exactly true—it’s just that anyone wishing to see “The Daily Show” impresario serve our nation in an officially elected position, instead of playing the political gadfly on Comedy Central, should abandon all hope now. Or so says Jon Stewart.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Stewart, Colbert Announce Rallies

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have taken parody to the next level. The comedians announced two parallel rallies to happen on the mall in Washington, D.C., just days before the midterm elections.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Islamophobiapalooza

Several of Bill O’Reilly’s colleagues at Fox News clearly don’t subscribe to his patented “No Spin Zone” formula, as the spinnage happening on the Murdochian channel about the Islamic cultural center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero is enough to power a generously proportioned dynamo.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Midterm Inferno

Hey wow, President Obama has a new plan to give America “the best infrastructure in the world”—just in time for the 2010 midterm elections! Is this at all exciting or effective? And do the Democrats have a snowball’s chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks this fall?

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Internet Predator

The “Daily Show” host goes after Google for doing evil and tries to get to the, er, meat of Net neutrality.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Much Media Ado About Chelsea’s Wedding

Thanks to hard-hitting investigative squads from major media outlets, Saturday’s news cycle was dominated by dispatches about the porcelain port-o-potties, rumored menu items, Joe Pesci sightings and other very important minutiae about Chelsea Clinton’s posh nuptials ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Best Leak Ever

It seemed like nobody in a position of power in Washington thought that the shocking details about the war in Afghanistan, our “allies” in Pakistan and other gems from this week’s WikiLeaks melange of madness were all that “new.”  (continued)

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: ‘Fox & Friends’ Says Don’t Blame Bush

According to the highly nonpartisan lineup of talking heads on “Fox & Friends,” the statute of limitations has officially passed for blaming the Bush administration for any stuff that’s hit the fan since W. left office.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: McChrystal’s Balls

What was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking when he allowed Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings the kind of access that several other members of the media can only marvel about obsessively in this “Daily Show” clip?

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


Obama

‘Daily Show’: Now About That Whole Presidential Power Thing

Barack Obama talked big, back in his campaigning days, about doing things a little differently from Bush II were he to succeed W. in the White House. Many of these changes had to do with how he planned to wield executive power.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Betty White on Fire

Countless actors can only dream of enjoying the kind of success that perennial favorite and classy dame Betty White is currently experiencing at nearly 90—and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Why, Helen Thomas, Why?

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, clearly not so good at being on the receiving end of an interview, landed herself in quite the professional pickle this week, and Jon Stewart has some zingers for her on her way out.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Ken Blackwell Thinks Obama Is Subverting the Constitution

Ken Blackwell loves liberty. Jon Stewart loves liberty—liberty bells, the whole deal. Right around there is where their shared views, particularly about President Barack Obama’s governing style, come to an end.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: The Gospel Truth About Fox News

Jon Stewart isn’t one to take cheap shots sitting down, so Bernie Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly’s latest volleys bring Stewart to his feet for a musical response—complete with a mini gospel choir—to bear witness to the truth that Fox News is a “terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: De-Sexifying Catholicism

Now that the shameful clergy sex scandal has reached its grabby hands all the way to the top levels of the Vatican, it’s time for drastic measures. As John Hodgman makes chillingly clear in this “Daily Show” clip, the Catholic Church is an “extremely sexy place” ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart’s Not Buying What the Vatican’s Selling

As allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members continue to challenge the church, the Vatican, according to a visibly agitated Jon Stewart, has failed to respond appropriately, instead adopting a victim stance with the Western media as its persecutor. Quick—cue the kitten footage!

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


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