Jon Stewart responds to IRS and AP wiretap stories, then JJ Abrams stops by to chat about Star Trek: Into Darkness and his role on Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Compare CNN’s coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement with coverage of the Tea Party movement around 2009. Both are undeniably populist; and in the first article linked below, the author even calls the OWS movement “unwieldy, paradoxical, and inconsistent”. But because the Tea Party movement is predominantly anti-government and the OWS movement is anti-business, the former was demonized and the latter is being championed as “America’s first true Internet-era movement”. Sickening.
To make matters worse, Jon Stewart’s out there facetiously asserting that the groups are similar. While it may be true that both have drawn on populist sentiments, the objects at which these are directed (and their specific goals, or lack thereof) differ wildly. OWS isn’t just anti-bailouts, it’s anti-corporations and anti-profit — but without the good sense to understand that the corporation is just a government-defined, legal fiction bestowing person-hood and not a given business entity.
CNN: Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it (October 5, 2011)
CNN: Tea party movement has anger, no dominant leaders (September 12, 2009)
CNN: Nationwide ‘tea party’ protests blast spending (April 15, 2009)
Gawker: Jon Stewart on the Wall Street Protesters: ‘How Are They Not Like the Tea Party?’ (October 6, 2011)
RIP Steve Jobs
LA Times: Reactions to Steve Jobs’ death (October 6, 2011)
WSJ: Mossberg: The Steve Jobs I Knew (October 6, 2011)
Boing Boing: Steve Jobs has died. (October 5, 2011)
YouTube: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address (2005)
iTunes: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D5 Conference (2007)
- Select people with whom you agree
- Accuse them of something superficial
- Disagree over technicalities
- Denigrate your mutual opponent in the process
Liberals have used comedy as a forum for years. They hope you will not notice the vast qualitative difference between comedic elements, which is why I assert that the tactic exploits the weak-minded. Take these two clips from SNL as representative (both are the top video result for SNL + President):
Clinton at McDonald’s
Comedic element: Clinton interacts with the electorate at a fast food restaurant in order to obtain food he should not eat
Character analysis: Clinton is gluttonous, deceitful (to wife), post-racial, genuine, knowledgeable, slothful
Bush on Global Warming
Comedic element: Bush fails to record a cogent message on global warming after multiple, successively worse attempts
Character analysis: Bush is out of touch, ignorant, inarticulate, anti-scientific, illogical, inattentive
In a relatively short amount of time on Comedy Central this evening (July 8th, 2008):
- Jon’s guest, Ted Koppel (there to promote the Discovery Channel show – ‘The People’s Republic of Capitalism’), says that issuing government paper to China has devalued the USD.
- Unlike McCain, Jon Stewart facetiously asserts that he has never thought of extending tax cuts to help pay for our budget deficit.
- Jon uses “they drink our milkshake” (referencing There Will Be Blood) – implying that the benefits from issuing government paper are one sided.
The Daily Show isn’t so much a satirical news broadcast as it is a one-way liberal sounding board. The show can claim to be an equal offender, but offense-taken is in no way equivalent to the quality and kind of reasoning that elicits laughter from young cynics.