**Disclaimer: I have not viewed the interview yet, It is at home on my DVR so I will be able to enjoy it tonight.
With that said, I did see the lead-up to this interview and was very skeptical about it. My gut was telling me that it was going to be another one of
those staged pundit battles... sounds like I was wrong.
BUT, to those that are saying that this is not credible and that Jon should not be listened to etc... here is the deal:
Comedy Central started The Daily Show way back in 1996 with Craig Kilborn. Yes, the show was a comedy show where they made fun of the news. In 1998
Jon took over and the format continued but started to turn toward political issues and the national media. Sometime in the 2000's people started to
"clue in" to how manipulative and fake the MSM is, so TDS started to exploit this. It was really a giant exercise in irony.
MSM is supposed to tell the news and conduct hard-hitting interviews of political figures and industry experts.
TDS is supposed to make fun and satirize current events.
The MSM is failing miserably in all aspects of real journalism and it is becoming a laughingstock of entertainers with bells and whistles to lead the
sheeple however they wish. The MSM over the decades had built a level of trust and integrity but that eroded quickly when they sold out to the corp
greedsters that wanted to exploit the trust that MSM had generated over the years..
Meanwhile, the various comedy shows saw this happening, so TDS took it upon themselves to call out the MSM for not doing their jobs. TDS decided that
they would do some of the heavy lifting that the MSM was afraid to do. Cramer was just an example of some of the hollow agenda-driven "reporting"
that the MSM is doing these days. The purpose of TDS is not to bring us the real news, but MSM is failing so badly at this that TDS had to pick up
I am sure TDS would rather go back to pure satire if the MSM would only grow some darn stones and start doing real reporting. Instead we have all of
these MSM talking heads from Fox to *NBC to CNN just spewing corporate propaganda and the masses are starting to navigate toward comedy shows to get
real news. That is how sad the state of affairs are here in the US.
When I want world news, I usually go to the BBC (although they are getting questionable now) and when I want national and political news I go to TDS.
That is just sad.
I would not have a problem if Fox, *NBC, CNN were categorized as 'fluff' channels, but they are supposed to be 'news' channels. They deserve
every (snip)punch that comedians, actors and real journalists can give them.
Incidentally, I am waiting for Brian Williams to go on a rant on national tv. He is actually very good friends with Jon Stewart and I think that
lately he has been growing sick of the weak journalism out there too. It is high-time that journalists with integrity start saying "NO!" to the
agenda being pushed to them by their corporate bosses. It is really interesting when you do some digging and find out who owns the major networks...
just remember, the best way to control the people is to make sure they see the world the way you want them to.. That is called propaganda, my
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