Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

October 20, 2004

by J

Media Still in High School

I've written before about how the media class in Washington (and many politicians) act like they're still in high school (here and here for starters). A dKos poster examines Begala, Carlson, Carville, et. al.'s reaction to Jon Stewart speaking truth to their power in that light.
So: they're in. Then along comes another nerd named Jon Stewart, who manages what they haven't been able to accomplish: #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, cover stories in Rolling Stone and TV Guide, and all the rest.

Jon is King Nerd! Jon is the new Cool Guy! Hell, he even gets John Kerry to sit down at his table! Everyone make friends with Jon!

Only...Jon doesn't want to be their friend. Jon sees their clique for what it is. And when they figure that out, they get nervous. And defensive. And mad. Really mad. And they don't know how to deal with it.

Who's this guy who doesn't know how to, you know, like, play the game? Who's this guy that doesn't think Andrea is the smartest girl in the class, or that Hemmer is just d-r-e-a-m-y?

And he reminds them that they're not doing their homework, and that there's a whole world outside high school that doesn't give a shit whether Mary is gay or Bill gets head behind the bleachers. In short, he reminds them that there's a whole world beyond their little high school, and that it may actually be bigger and more important than their own little cabals and gossip.

Posted by J at October 20, 2004 06:33 AM

I read the transcript... Stewart is brilliant.
He has been rippin' them on T.D.S. all week - he is on fire right now. It is sad when the fake news is raising the bar for journalists.

Did anyone see Michael Moore on C-Span 2 the other day? C-Span said they had to stop taping because Moore's staff ordered them to, citing health (?) reasons!? Anyone got any light to shed?

Posted by: kreeyis at October 21, 2004 02:21 AM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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