The Daily Show, a comedy show wrapped in a news show veil actually does a much better job of breaking down the current events of the day, and calling out the politicians and their flabby-armed performance records.
Enter Stewart, (who typically is very complimentary of the POTUS) and watch as he lays it down on him; particularly how Obama hasn’t been coming through on his promise to close Guantanamo (or even releasing any prisoners).
“Candidate Barack Obama from 2007, with three simple words we don’t say too much anymore,” Stewart reflected, before playing a video of the then-Senator promising that “I’ll close Guantanamo” on the campaign trail. Stewart played another clip of the president reiterating his promise in 2009, and again in 2010, with “two small changes”:
“Make no mistake, we will close Guantanamo,” the president said.
“One. He has gone from I’ll close Guantanamo to what’s taking everybody so long,” Stewart said. “And two. He has added the phrase ‘make no mistake, Aquaman! You haven’t seen the last of me and my plan to weaponize kelp.’”
When The Daily Show takes aim, you bet bet they hit their target. In the midst of the Boston Bombing drama the senate struck down an amendment that would have prevented the bombers from purchasing their guns. It likely would not have stopped them from hurting people but there’s an undeniable head scratcher in there. Rather than lay it all out in this description I’ll post the three clips and let the pros do what they do best. Your Daily Pwnage.
PS: Be sure to stick around for the third video, gun control whoop de doo, as John Oliver is in particularly amazing form.
We expected The Daily Show to be on fire this political cycle but recent events in the US Presidential Race have exceeded our expectations. In obvious damage control mode Rupert Murdoch, FOX News, their anchors, correspondents, pundits and probably some camera men too began to show a desperation rarely seen. Then the contradictions and double standards start flying towards the Comedy Network as joke fodder. I’m beginning to think Jon Stewart might have the easiest job in America.
FOX makes it easy for Jon Stewart to keep his place as one of the funniest men in the world merely by providing him with constant material. In this clip The Daily Show staff were quick to notice FOX blatantly mis-representing an Obama speech on taxes. When they play the original however, it appears there’s a different message.