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‘Daily Show’ on the Folksy, Factless News Channels

An end-of-the-year recap of some of Jon Stewart and Co.’s devastating critiques of Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, from “leave it there” to tea party march madness.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert, Seriously

It’s been a couple years since Comedy Central faux-publican Stephen Colbert took masterfully aimed pot shots at former President George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner—i.e., the night Colbert almost threw himself under a Washington, D.C., bus. Quite a bit has changed ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Droopy’ Lieberman Kills Health Care Reform

Even Droopy has his day, unfortunately. In this clip from Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart channels some of the primal rage induced by Sen. Joe Lieberman’s not-so-subtle stymieing behaviors during this week’s health care reform showdown in the Senate.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Tactics of Mass Obstruction

Here’s some shocking news: Certain members of the U.S. Senate may be employing stalling tactics to make sure their version of the highly contested health care reform legislation, should it ever see the light of day, takes freaking forever to create.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Friedman and Stewart

Friedman, Stewart Critique Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

“I overreacted,” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman admits to Jon Stewart about his initial support of the Iraq war in 2003 in this clip from Tuesday’s “Daily Show.” However, Friedman is still writing columns and selling books, such as his latest, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” so perhaps bad journalistic deeds still go unpunished in some media circles.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Is Joe Biden a Jedi Master?

In these clips from Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Tuesday to “The Daily Show,” the nation’s No. 2 takes stock of the Obama administration’s first year in office, defends his boss’ decisions on a couple contentious issues, and compares Wall Street honchos to rattlesnakes.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Hannity’s Apocalyptic Apology

Having caught wind that Fox Newser Sean Hannity was going to take a moment on his show to issue an apology to Jon Stewart for using older tea-party rally footage in a recent story, the host of “The Daily Show” was looking forward to hearing an admission of how the Fox folks subscribe to the network’s methodology, aka “the subtle altering of reality to sell a preconceived narrative.” That didn’t quite happen.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Cold Busted, Sean Hannity

“The Daily Show” has one eagle-eyed research team, judging by its consistent practice of catching the colorful pundits of Fox News in their most fact-challenged moments. Take this latest Fox pas, courtesy of Sean Hannity’s show, which Jon Stewart pointed out on his own show Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: The Men Who Stare at Votes

We all saw the shenanigans that transpired outside the Capitol during last Thursday’s wingnut clusterf ... “House Call” health care rally organized by the certifiable Rep. Michele Bachmann, but the freak show from the inner chambers of Congress was even better in the final lead-up to Saturday’s House vote on health care reform legislation.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’ Insta-Classic: What Lurks Within Glenn Beck?

It’s not so much that Jon Stewart is lampooning Glenn Beck for the heck of it that makes this clip from Thursday night’s “Daily Show” so inspired, it’s that he practically out-Glenn-Becks Glenn Beck, all the while stealing a potential conspiracy theory that the excitable Fox News showman might soon have cooked up if left to his own devices.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Plouffe Weighs In on Obama’s First Year

Barack Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Plouffe, paid a visit to “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night, the anniversary of his candidate’s big win, to look back on Obama’s strategy for getting to the White House and how the president has done over the course of his first year. Jon Stewart doesn’t let Plouffe off easy, especially when it comes to Obama’s choice of economic advisers.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


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‘The Daily Show’: For Fox Sake!

The battle between the Obama administration and Fox News hasn’t ended yet (sigh), but luckily, Jon Stewart takes this timely opportunity to dissect what exactly the conservative-leaning channel’s raison d’être is, and here’s a hint: It’s not necessarily the news.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Is CNN the Least Trusted Name in News?

The original cable news network has slipped to fourth and last place with prime-time viewers between ages 25 and 54, trailing Fox News, MSNBC and HLN. The conventional wisdom is that Americans prefer their news with a heavy dose of opinion, but CNN could be losing viewers because, as the “Daily Show” points out (after the jump), they’re just bad at gathering news.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: ‘Rape-Nuts’ on Capitol Hill

If ever there were magic words guaranteed to provoke instant fury in America’s far-right ranks (besides “Nobel Peace Prize”), they might sound a little like “Al Franken.” The comedian-turned-senator’s recent proposal—related to the rights of rape victims who are employees of government contractors—met with some baffling resistance from Republicans in Congress.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Napolitano Makes Stewart Feel Secure

Jon Stewart sat down with Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano on Monday night’s “Daily Show” to enjoy at least a fleeting feeling of security and to discuss the government’s infamous safety color codes—which, she quipped, “are the subject of late-night humor, as you may have noticed”—as well as swine flu and terrorism.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: The Gay After Tomorrow

Whatever happened to President Obama’s campaign pledge to revoke the pesky “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that keeps gay and lesbian military members in the closet as they serve their country? Well, it seems the president has a little “too much on his plate” to confront that particular issue at the moment, as Jon Stewart has duly noted.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Better Socialism Through Performance Art

Are America’s “culture wars” being backed by the NEA? Will President Obama marshal a shadow army of deft performance artists and elementary school teachers to brainwash Americans into a state of mass compliance as he enacts his Socialist Agenda™? The people at Fox News clearly haven’t seen a lot of bad performance art if they really believe their own racket.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Prancing With Tom DeLay

As “The Daily Show” recounts, some conservatives, at least the type who attended last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, officially have an issue with homosexuality (paging former Miss California Carrie Prejean). So Jon Stewart finds former GOP ringleader Tom “The Hammer” DeLay’s sassy cha-cha number on Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” a bit puzzling.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Mad Men on the March

After an extended vacation, Jon Stewart returned to his “Daily Show” anchor’s desk Monday—and not a moment too soon, as the national epidemic of crazitude hasn’t calmed down since he left, especially when it comes to the subject of health care reform.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Waxman Gears Up for Health Care Showdown

By the time Congress returns from its recess and takes another whack at the health insurance mess, Rep. Henry Waxman will have started revealing the deceit that protects health business profiteers.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Barney Frank’s Town Hall Throwdown

Ever wonder whether it gets a touch exasperating for politicians to face angry throngs of American citizens at those unruly gatherings everyone quaintly insists on calling “town hall meetings”? Well, witness Barney Frank, here, on the brink of a town hall snap (or two) in this bit from Wednesday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


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‘The Daily Show’: Just Sayin’

Like an embarrassing father using the word tight or a mother who think it’s OK to dance to Beyoncé while carpooling, CNN has found yet another way to make your skin crawl by desperately trying to act “hip” as it struggles to find a niche in the cable news wars. Jon Stewart chides the network in a piece that will probably elicit a grimace or two.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Changing Channels on Health Care

What happened in the few months between the time when Glenn Beck denounced the dismal state of American health care and when he celebrated it as a systemic triumph just a smidge later? And can we replicate this one-man odyssey with a simple tweak of our own remote controls?

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Stokin’ the Fear at Crazytown Hall Meetings

There’s a whole lot of Baracknophobia going on when it comes to some folks’ worries about health care reform, but how much of it is based on valid concern and how much is, well, stoked by certain media figures hoping to create a flurry of good ol’ American pseudo-events? In other words, turn off the Glenn Beck, people.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


Geithner’s Housing Crisis

Apparently Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner wants more for his home than he paid for it—in this market. The “Daily Show’s” John Oliver asks, “How can the American people trust the policies of a man who can’t sell his house? ... Is it not like hiring a personal trainer who is morbidly obese?”

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Barack Who?

As Barack Obama begins his seventh month in office, mainstream news anchors still can’t seem to figure out the president’s citizenship. ... I mean, was this guy even born here? Jon Stewart examines how this mystery man got to be the American president in the first place. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Sebelius Talks Health Care on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart interviews Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on health care reform. She’s pushing for a public health care option and looking to change this “unsustainable, unconscionable, unacceptable ” system. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Rational? Don’t Bet on It

Jon Stewart interviews Justin Fox, columnist for Time magazine and author of “The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward and Delusion on Wall Street.” He suggests (gasp!) that markets aren’t rational and human behavior cannot always be predicted. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Classic Coups, Cloaks and Daggers

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in his pajamas in a 1980s-style coup, while the CIA has begun recruiting laid-off Wall Street financial analysts to screw up other economies. Check out Jon Stewart’s take on things in this clip from Monday night’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2009 READ MORE


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So Whatever Happened to Obama’s ‘Sunlight’?

If, as President Obama once claimed, “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” then why is his administration keeping a significant amount of information in the dark? Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show” to find out why Jon Stewart is responsible for at least some of that.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Out of Protest, a Revolution

Writer and religious scholar Reza Aslan joins Jon Stewart to discuss what he sees as a major shift in Iran: What once was a battle over fraudulent election results has become a revolution over the future of the Islamic Republic. Check out the interview on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 READ MORE


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That Bloody Iran Crisis Thing

In case you haven’t heard, this whole Iran election crisis thing is about us. Is Barack Obama doing enough to aid our fellow Iranian freedom fighters? Are Westerners the cause of the protests? Watch this clip of last night’s “Daily Show” to find out.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Talking Abortion With Jon and Mike

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joins Jon Stewart to discuss abortion, and the two actually manage to have a civil conversation and get their points across. Here’s a clip from the interview on Thursday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Health Care and All That Junk

As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, President Obama is tackling health care reform. That’s right, America. It’s high time we put down our pancake-wrapped sausage on a stick dipped in baconnaise and start getting healthy. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Bustin’ the Mainstream Media’s Balls

While Sean Hannity and others at Fox manipulate the news, MSNBC develops a Limbaugh hangup and CNN goes Twitter slap-happy. Ah, the wonders of news coverage in the mainstream media! Check out last night’s clip of “The Daily Show” and watch Jon Stewart dissect just how these anchors “report” the news.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Calling Out Dick

The verdict is in, folks: Dick Cheney has a major case of “Ballzheimer’s disease.” On Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart recaps the former vice president’s recent public appearances, right up to the one where he blames Richard Clarke—the guy who was warning of imminent terrorist attacks on the U.S.—for 9/11.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


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The Obama/Cheney Throwdown

As other news anchors gush over Thursday’s face-off between President Obama and former Vice President Cheney, Jon Stewart enlightens us on the discrepancies in their speeches. While Cheney wooed the crowd with his usual charm, Obama’s rhetoric sounded oddly familiar. Check out this clip from “The Daily Show.” 

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Drawing the Chorus Line in the Sand

President Obama this week blocked the release of controversial photos of detainees in order to not “further enflame anti-American opinion.” But without the pictures, whatever are we to do with all these frames? Meanwhile, Lt. Dan Choi an Arabic interpreter (for those who give in to harsh interrogation techniques) has been discharged because he is gay. Once again, torture is rendered less intelligible.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Tortured by Bad Jokes

Wanda Sykes gets heat from commentators about her jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Jon Stewart echoes the critiques and reminds us that bad humor is harmful to the country but torture, well, maybe not so much.

Posted on May 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Pakistan’s Nukes Are Safe ... or Are They?

With Taliban insurgents only 70 miles away from the capital city of Islamabad, Jon Stewart asks: What’s happening in Pakistan? How can we avert nuclear disaster? And why are you still here, President Zardari?

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Meet the Souterbomber

Justice David Souter is leaving his lifetime post at the Supreme Court at the tender age of 69 to return to his woodland cabin and his previous occupation as … the Unabomber!

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart Inflicts Discomfort on Cliff May

Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, was clearly on the defensive as he took the hot seat during Tuesday’s “Daily Show” with the unenviable task of debating whether or not waterboarding is torture, whether American officials have to follow the Geneva Conventions under all circumstances, and whether President Truman was a war criminal.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Cheney, Rove Struck by ‘Balzheimer’s Disease’

What has emboldened Dick Cheney and Karl Rove to so brazenly criticize the new administration? Has Cheney lost his trademark sneer since he left the White House? All this and more in this clip from Wednesday’s “Daily Show” episode.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Cramer Still Smarting From Stewart Smackdown

File under “sour grapes,” perchance? CNBC’s highly animated “Mad Money” pundit Jim Cramer is attempting to do some damage control after being thoroughly owned by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” a month ago. Cramer grumps about the episode to ... Ohio State University’s student publication, The Lantern. Let ’er rip, Jim!

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Queer Eye for the Hawkeye’

Jon Stewart shares his amazement that “the aortic valve of the heartland of America” is more gay-friendly than California.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE


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CNBC Does Damage Control After Stewart-Cramer Showdown

CNBC and sister cabler MSNBC promoted Jim Cramer’s appearance on “The Daily Show” last week, but that was before he was soundly trounced by Jon Stewart. After the fact, CNBC and its affiliate networks haven’t exactly been playing highlight clips in heavy rotation, and some industry types believe that damage may have been done to the financial network’s reputation.

Posted on Mar 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Jim Cramer’s Stock Market Manipulation Primer

So, CNBC hyperpundit Jim Cramer was the very picture of contrition during his cringe-tastic appearance on Thursday night’s “Daily Show.” But let’s revisit this moment from 2006—when Cramer brought a much haughtier version of himself to TheStreet.com TV to discuss, among other delightful topics, how to “create a new truth to develop a fiction” whilst in “hedge-fund mode”—shall we?

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Madoff Hauled Off, Cramer Dressed Down

Once again, the economy is front and center on “Left, Right & Center”—and with good reason.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart’s Not Buying What Jim Cramer’s Selling

In this highly anticipated face-off between Jon Stewart and CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Thursday’s “Daily Show,” Cramer furiously backpedals as he’s zinged repeatedly by a (mostly) courteous but relentless Stewart, who questions whether Cramer isn’t a snake-oil salesman who has supported the myth that there is one unified economic system that works the same for everybody while knowing that’s not the case.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Stewart vs. Cramer

Jon Stewart is on a tear these days, taking on the wild world of financial punditry one shouty bald guy at a time. This episode is dedicated to CNBC’s Jim Cramer, who, try as he may to deny it, just seemed to have a thing for Bear Stearns stock—mere days before the company tanked.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 READ MORE


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