Bill Moyers Journal – Jon Stewart

In 2002 and 2003, Jon Stewart was about the only one on the tube who would say something was critical of the president. He rejected group think. He continued to use his humor to disarm his critics. He used a old technique to shine the light of truth on the Bush administration. He would use juxtaposition. Any first year, film student can tell you how it is used in film. Well, Jon Stewart used it to show that Bush would say one thing then do a 180 and hope that no one would notice. It is my belief that the MSM noticed but didn’t want to say anything. Jon Stewart thought that was hogwash.

Stewart’s interviews with guests are usually somewhat funny but don’t very insightful. He has been criticized by others (Bill Maher) that he never asks tough questions. I’m not sure that folks tune into The Daily Show to watch Jon grill some politician. On the other hand, Jon had a great interview with President Prevez Musharraf a couple of months ago. He had a great interview with Tony Zinni. As far as I know, Jon’s interview with John McCain was the most confrontational that he has ever had. That is not his style.

Anyway, Bill Moyers has a non-confrontational admiring interview with Jon Stewart.

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  1. You are right I don’t watch the Daily Show for serious commentaries. Nor The Corbert Report. I like to see how they are going to make fun of the stupidity of people. Someone has to laugh at it all and I think he gets more people involved in what is going on. I could hardly wait to see what he was going to do to Gonzales after listening to the testimony that day. Also about the 8 billion that was lost. Mc Cain’s interview made some good points in a whole different way. He just came out and said it. I think it took McCain totally off balance. He was expecting the same ole questions. But I watch for the lightheartedness of the show. I think it gets the point across. we have to smile and laugh sometimes at all of this. We can only do so much and it is very depressing when things don’t change. Maybe with Bill Moyer, Jon Stewart and Steve Corbert it will help convince more people we have got to speak up. For it to change.

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