Jon Stewart took to song again on Thursday, with a choir backing him in a chorus of “go f*ck yourselves” to media outlets insistent on holding him and the Daily Show‘s jibes up as a symbol of failure for the Affordable Care Act.
“People, I am here to say that the jokes we do on this program seem to accomplish very little,” Stewart said, which the choir echoed by saying, “They don’t do d*ck.”
While, on a good day, his show may provide catharsis or perspective, Stewart argued, most of the issues they complain about never change.
“The point is this: don’t you use our jokes as evidence that the thing you hate must be stopped,” Stewart said pointedly. “I’m sure when we talk about sh*t you like, you’re more than happy to ignore it. We add insult, not injury.”
As Stewart noted after showing a clip of John Barrasso on Faux "news":
STEWART: If that causes things to end, why was the network you were on still on the air? The senator from Wyoming believes that when young Americans laugh at a federal official, it is time for that official to step down. You didn't happen to ever mention that to this guy, did you?
He went onto explain that no one ever demanded that Dubya and his buddy dead-eye Dick be fired just because Stewart and his show were going after them night after night. Stewart's exactly right. They love to quote him when it suits them, otherwise they ignore him. I'll be shocked if either Shepard Smith, Jake Tapper, Brian Kilmeade, Howard Kurtz or Greta Van Susteren that he savaged here, or any of their colleagues for that matter, let their audiences know about this segment.
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart let the politicians have it for the second night in a row for being willing to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act, but most of his ire was reserved for the pundits such as Sean Hannity and his cohorts on Fox, who are doing their best to make light of what's going on and having a good laugh about the whole mess.
I really did not think that anyone mentioned during his segment where Jon Stewart told the media to go f*ck themselves for using him to attack the Affordable Care Act would respond to Stewart's criticism, but I was wrong. I should have known Howard Kurtz and his ego weren't going to let it go without bringing it up. Read more...