Thursday, September 12, 2013
Jon Stewart on Fox News on Syria
“I get that Fox opposes the Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless and irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust
and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic, succubus-like existence….”
by Larry Geller
--Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, Wednesday 9/11/2013
It’s sad that so many people depend on Fox News for information. How can we make collective decisions on what is best for this country (ourselves) when huge resources are devoted to dis-information?
Here, Jon Steward reacts to Fox’s propaganda on Syria.
Both the Daily Show and Colbert are available in complete episodes the following day on their website. Add in Democracy Now, either on TV or from their website, and you’ll have a complete antidote to Fox.
Stewart is a funny guy. What is really sad is that such a high percentage of his target audience actually think his is a news program.
I disagree The Daily Show is not a "news program." It certainly presents "the news," and does so it a way that communicates actual facts and understanding much more effectively, for some people, than the efforts of other, more traditional "news programs."
I look upon it as a comedy program with a news theme, but that's not enough. Stewart clearly has a point of view, and part of the process of expressing that is to convey a little bit of news.
But you know, I listen to (and occasionally report for) Free Speech Radio News. They do report the news, but the number of topics they can cover is restricted by narrow time constraints and their desire to cover major world issues with local citizen-journalist correspondents. Then, Democracy Now certainly reports news, but again, the number of subjects in any one broadcast is limited. NPR reports news, but in four or five minutes at the top of the hour, it's only highlights. Continuing down the chain, Jon Stewart covers only a couple of topics each night, but that could convey news, if only a little tiny bit.
I do find it strange to be informed by a comedy show, but heck, we live in strange times. What I don't understand is why I don't laugh out loud when viewing Fox News when I'm trapped at a bar or someplace that's running it on the screen. Somehow, the same newscast, later that night on the Daily Show is funny when Jon Stewart shows it.