Jon Stewart Explains His Critique of The Media to Rachel Maddow (Video)

I caught the televised version of this yesterday, here’s the entire uncut interview below. I know the folks at MSNBC weren’t too happy to be compared to Fox News at Stewart’s “Restore Sanity” rally, so he takes some time on that network to clarify his intended message.

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  • Linkamathingy

    this guy is a shill along the lines of glenn beck keeping the masses calm and sane while things go to hell

    • Andrew

      Glenn Beck keeps the masses calm and sane?

  • Linkamathingy

    this guy is a shill along the lines of glenn beck keeping the masses calm and sane while things go to hell

  • rooti

    From one gatekeeper to another.

  • rooti

    From one gatekeeper to another.

  • Andrew

    Glenn Beck keeps the masses calm and sane?

  • Gergith

    The way he is speaking; All I can think of is the Onion News Network.

    It’s identical type of satire

  • Gergith

    The way he is speaking; All I can think of is the Onion News Network.

    It’s identical type of satire

  • Honu

    Stewart seems to, lately, want to pretend he’s not part of the political discourse being played out by the media at large. The whole left vs. right thing is something he’d rather be above or not really contribute to saying that its more about corruption vs not corrupt. While I like that idea because it takes politics out of the equation somewhat, Stewart is failing on two fronts regarding his recent philosophical position admission: 1. Just saying you’re not a part of the narrative of left vs. right doesn’t mean that’s true. Up til recently, I think he carved himself a pretty deep niche of being a semi mainstream force in political discourse. I’m not saying he’s shaping policy or necessarily influencing policy makers but he has a big following and his satire has been pretty accurate. He has wielded a sharp scalpel. He’s criticized the dems but the repubs have gotten the worst of it so he’s been a leftie hero in alot of ways. Just saying you’re not an ideologue at this point is a bit disingenuous and innacurate. 2. If he really wants to be above the political fray of left vs. right, then he’s ignoring the fact that the narrative actually affects people. People’s lives are at stake and talking about how the right’s inflammatory rhetoric, fox’s editorialized news and the corporatocracy’s effects on society is just that…narrative and can be looked at objectively with almost a sterile approach (my words and interpretation of what he said) seems both callous and somewhat alarming. Maybe he’s just too rich to care like he used to. Maybe Obama has disappointed him to get to that place.

    If you followed George Carlin’s take on politics then you can see a strong connection with what Stewart is saying now and what George said up til his death. The difference is that George never had the kind of regular exposure Jon has. Jon seems tired.

  • Honu

    Stewart seems to, lately, want to pretend he’s not part of the political discourse being played out by the media at large. The whole left vs. right thing is something he’d rather be above or not really contribute to saying that its more about corruption vs not corrupt. While I like that idea because it takes politics out of the equation somewhat, Stewart is failing on two fronts regarding his recent philosophical position admission: 1. Just saying you’re not a part of the narrative of left vs. right doesn’t mean that’s true. Up til recently, I think he carved himself a pretty deep niche of being a semi mainstream force in political discourse. I’m not saying he’s shaping policy or necessarily influencing policy makers but he has a big following and his satire has been pretty accurate. He has wielded a sharp scalpel. He’s criticized the dems but the repubs have gotten the worst of it so he’s been a leftie hero in alot of ways. Just saying you’re not an ideologue at this point is a bit disingenuous and innacurate. 2. If he really wants to be above the political fray of left vs. right, then he’s ignoring the fact that the narrative actually affects people. People’s lives are at stake and talking about how the right’s inflammatory rhetoric, fox’s editorialized news and the corporatocracy’s effects on society is just that…narrative and can be looked at objectively with almost a sterile approach (my words and interpretation of what he said) seems both callous and somewhat alarming. Maybe he’s just too rich to care like he used to. Maybe Obama has disappointed him to get to that place.

    If you followed George Carlin’s take on politics then you can see a strong connection with what Stewart is saying now and what George said up til his death. The difference is that George never had the kind of regular exposure Jon has. Jon seems tired.

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