Matt Wilstein at the Daily Beast reports that Jon Stewart dismissed the scandal over Samantha Bee's vulgarity against the president's daughter as phony. In a Q&A session at the Clusterfest comedy festival in San Francisco, “They don’t give a shit about the word ‘cunt,’” he said of Donald Trump (and his voters). “That is probably—he says that instead of ‘please,’ I’m guessing.” He asserted that conservatives are playing a "game" by being offended.
Those who wonder why the average American no longer trusts the establishment press to report fairly and accurately, or even to defend basic First Amendment freedoms, need to look no further than yesterday's tweet by New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth about Joe Biden's heavily documented creepy behavior towards women, particularly younger women. Rather than accept the idea that the man has a problem, Perlroth wants Twitter to "handle" this "alt-right fake-news meme."
Liberal comedian Jon Stewart on Tuesday ranted at anyone who isn’t happy with the politicized tone of late night comedy, telling the New York Times: “Tough shit.” Of course, he also slimed conservatives as bigots for objecting to the angry liberalism of Jimmy Kimmel or Seth Meyers: “The people that say, ‘This culture isn’t for me,’ live in a nostalgic world. Those are the people that are the first to tell minorities, ‘Suck it up.’”
Put three liberal late night talk shows in one room, and what do you get? A lot of political hate. That’s what happened at the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit, according to The Daily Beast. Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, and John Oliver all had plenty to say about the president, that, presumably, they thought the audience would find funny.
Tuesday night’s telethon Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief was bursting at the seams with celebrities, moving musical performances, and journalists from ABC, CBS, and NBC, so it was all the more disappointing when Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder promoted climate change as having caused Harvey and Irma.
Awww, that Daily Show reunion was going so well until breaking news had to intervene. More accurately, it wasn't the breaking news that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey was so deliciously awkward -- it was the wildly enthusiastic reaction to that news from Late Show host Stephen Colbert's audience.
Chuck Schumer is the leader of Senate Democrats and, arguably, the current face of his party. For a narrower role -- congressional Dems’ chief Trump-mocker -- Graham Vyse nominates another senator, Al Franken. Vyse remarked in a Thursday piece that Franken “has largely shunned the spotlight” on Capitol Hill, but now he needs to “harness his talent as a public entertainer and take on Trump as only he could: with devastating wit.”
Tuesday night on CBS’s The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert reunited with his former Comedy Central rival Jon Stewart. Stewart, who made a career of delivering news stories from an ultra liberal perspective, took the opportunity to blast President Trump as a propagandist.
On Tuesday, CBS This Morning went gaga over liberal comedian Jon Stewart's and the 17 years of his Daily Show. Charlie Rose gushed that "it became, for all of us, a, kind of, cultural event — more than a show." He later added, "There was nothing quite like him. A lot of people did it very well....But Jon had a special place." Rose, along with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, later marveled over the show's "extraordinary collection" of comedians. The newscast also touted several clips of the Comedy Central program mocking Republicans.
Jon Stewart may have surprised people on Thursday as he called out fellow liberals and demanded they stop trashing all Trump voters as a bunch of bigots. CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose apparently expected the ex-Daily Show host to blast the new president-elect. Rose wondered if Stewart’s reaction to Trump is “fear.”
New York Times liberal TV critic Mike Hale found every excuse for the cancellation of left-wing comic Larry Wilmore’s Comedy Central show save the obvious one. The headline flattered the failed TV host: “A Characteristically Low-Key Farewell for a Cerebral Host.” One would have to read all the way through, and very carefully, to get the vague hint that "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore" just may have been too unremittingly left-wing and humorless to succeed with the public.
This past Monday in TNR, Eric Kleefeld had a message for self-satisfied liberals: Don’t apologize for your smugness. Own it. Why not? You’ve “been right all along” about Donald Trump’s candidacy. Kleefeld wrote that “Republican voters this year behaved exactly as the smuggest liberal would’ve predicted, supporting a race-baiting pseudo-strongman who is basically an outgrowth of the conservative infotainment complex.”