The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart ripped into the mainstream media on their own show, with this humorous discourse on the media’s focus on Teresa Heinz Kerry’s tiff with a reporter. Here’s the relevant snippet from the conversation/interview with Tom Brokaw:
BROKAW: Is it a thought for John Kerry to just give his speech to Bill Clinton on Thursday night and say, why don?Ã„Ã²t you go give it for me?
STEWART: Listen, he?Ã„Ã²s–I think, you know, if he doesn?Ã„Ã²t rise to the occasion, he doesn?Ã„Ã²t deserve to be president.
But the interesting thing to me is, with all the challenges that face the country today, whether it be terrorism or the economy or that, the real question is, are the Democratic wives loose cannons? I think that?Ã„Ã²s really the thing that we should all be talking about.
BROKAW: Well, we had a chance to talk with Teresa Heinz Kerry earlier tonight. And she said that reporter mischaracterized what she had said. He came back to her and said, what were you talking about un-American activities?
BROKAW: And she said certain un-American traits, which is civil discourse in American politics.
But it is–I think we should focus a lot of time on the wife race, because, as you remember, we nearly lost World War II when Eleanor Roosevelt told the reporter from ?Ã„ÃºThe Hartford Times Courant?Ã„Ã¹ to sit on it. So, these are issues that we really should be talking about. And Teresa Heinz Kerry, for what it?Ã„Ã²s worth, yesterday I saw kill a hobo with her bare hands.
BROKAW: Now, when you?Ã„Ã²re down here on the fort, a lot of people come up and ask your opinion.
STEWART: You?Ã„Ã²re going to let me go with that? You?Ã„Ã²re just going to let me say Teresa Heinz Kerry killed a hobo with her bare hands?
BROKAW: Yes. Yes. Right. Yes.
It totally flew over Brokaw’s head, sad. How hard does the guy have to try before the networks realize that Jon Stewart blames the current political climate on the media as much as the politicians? (Thanks Bob)
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