Rachel Maddow Grills Jon Stewart About Tea Party, Rally to Restore Sanity and Fox/MSNBC Comparison (Video)Author: Jon Martin | Friday, November 12th, 2010 |
Jon Stewart sat down with Rachel Maddow earlier tonight on MSNBC, Maddow’s home turf. Ever since Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, there has been a lot of debate about whether Stewart’s rally had a point. Bill Maher said that the rally had no message. While Glenn Beck’s rally was to drum up support for Republican ideals and issues, Jon’s rally was more or less telling people to stay calm and sane.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, while not suspended, also commented on Stewart’s rally, saying that he didn’t think it was fair to compare Fox and MSNBC. On The Daily Show, Stewart played clips of Maher and Olbermann both trashing the rally and then presented, in my opinion, a rather weak response. He sat down with Rachel Maddow to clear up the confusion. After watching this interview, I don’t have the same view of Jon Stewart.
In the first part of the interview Rachel and Jon delved into the Rally to Restore Sanity. Jon admitted, he was unartful when he concieved the rally and that people misunderstood it. Rachel referred to Bill Maher’s remarks and the false equivalency between MSNBC and Fox News. Jon said that Bill Maher took Jon’s remarks out of context. Jon and Rachel then went on to discuss the polarization of the media on the right and left and how the media seems to make news about politics only about the conflicts between the right and left.
“We have a tendency to grant amnesty to people we agree with”. – Jon Stewart
As Rachel and Jon continued, Rachel brought up the fact that the Tea Party and Republicans will only talk to media that agrees with them. Jon said he didn’t think it was a new concept but that the Republicans have harnessed it well.
“The brilliance of Fox is they have delegitimized the idea of editorial authority, while exercising incredible editorial authority. It’s amazing.”
Rachel asked Jon how he deals with people in politics just lying. Rachel uses the example of people saying that Bush didn’t go to war illegally even though he clearly did. Jon points out how frustrating politics can be and that because of wording and the way things are said, politicians and people like George Bush can worm their way out of situations where they are clearly doing illegal things.
I’m not entirely sure about Jon’s argument. I think the problem we have these days is that politicians are allowed to say things like “I do not recall” in a trial and be allowed to walk free. The problem is that Jon puts himself in this box where he agrees and plays into this game that is played in politics now. Then again, maybe he has enough experience to know things won’t change anytime soon.
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