Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jon Stewart is not a journalist

Perhaps because Weekly Standard typists believe that Fox News is a legitimate news outlet, it is easy to understand that John McCormack would think that a comedian on "Comedy Central" has abrogated his duties as a "journalist."

While Stewart’s show that day may have been a triumph of advocacy, it was a failure of journalism. He gave time to four 9/11 responders who all suffered from various diseases and were advocates for the bill, but he didn't really try to understand why Republicans objected to the bill or why the Democratic leadership waited until now to bring it up for a vote. “This is insane,” was all Stewart had to say about Republican opposition.

Actually, I don't fault Stewart for not bringing Coburn on for journalist reasons, but rather for passing up the chance for comedy gold.

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