First off: before I start, let me mention I am a longtime fan of both Stewart & Colbert, if watching both every night counts for anything. And I realize the criticism by Stewart I mention here was accepted manfully by its target. Just the same, the emphasis Stewart put on this concerns me a little. So.
I understand being even-handed. And Keith O. does often get emotionally carried away. But all Olbermann said about Brown(see below) is in fact verifiably true, and Stewart even said as much himself previously. To be honest, in the past couple of months I've noticed an odd shift with Stewart, most glaring in his pussyfooting with John Yoo, who used him as a mop. I'm starting to detect a simple reaction against any particularly strong opinion simply because it's vehemently expressed. (This is also the great South Park's most insidious flaw, and more on them as well in a moment)
Remember when Saturday Night Live, when Gulf War 1 happened, started throwing in pro-war propaganda, and occasionally kept doing so, like "Iraqi Pete?" And South Park did its part too, keeping the hatred of Saddam Hussein(who, granted, was a complete bastard and did deserve his death) warm until when we toppled him. Both shows used their street cred as a soft means of persuasion toward ideas that otherwise, most of their viewers probably would have been against. But for some, the fact these shows say it gives it credibility.(a fairly good explanation of this can be found spoken by John Cusack in the "Cutting Edge Live" segment of the admittedly flawed Bob Roberts, which sadly I cannot find video for) Of course, nowadays absolutely no one doubts that SNL is nothing more than part of the Selling Machine.
I have a hard time thinking this was accidental. Or thinking that who pays Stewart, or Parker & Stone(whose attitude about politics, more than a bit adolescent, seems to be that it's stupid and boring and why won't it just go away), or Lorne Michaels, is irrelevant in this matter. But you'll also notice, Stewart's audience seems a lot less against what Olbermann is saying than Stewart is.
Careful whom you trust just because they're funny.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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