So I was wondering what all of you guys think about Jon Stewart's speech. I tend to agree with both Bill Maher and Keith Olberman and Jimmy Dore. Maher, on his show last night, said,
"The message of the rally was that if the media stopped giving voice to the crazies on both sides, then we could restore sanity...there are no moderates on the other side. When Jon announced his rally, he said the national conversation was dominated by people on the Right who believe Obama's a Socialist and people on the Left who believe 9/11's an inside job, I can't name any Democratic leaders who think 9/11's an inside job. But Republican leaders who think Obama's a Socialist? All of them."
I really do think Jon Stewart did the country, and himself a disservice by speaking as though the fucking psychopaths on the American right are equivalent to the people on the MNSBC left. While Rachel Maddow and Keith are certainly "liberal" they are hardly radicals, and the rest of the channel, while mostly to the left of center, is far more moderate. Fox news, as Rachel Maddow said on her show Friday night, is literally a political organization masquerading as a news source. MSNBC is a news source of people who are liberals because the facts dictate a that progressive policies make more sense, in LITERALLY ALL CASES. Not because they have a biblical certitude in the inerrant moral superiority of the Democratic Party.
Having said all of the above I think Jon Stewart painted himself into a corner somewhat. Assuming he knows better than what he said on the mall, he was not in a position to be totally honest, he would come off (to much of the country), as distinctly partisan, during an event marketed as anything but. However, I still think what he did was irresponsible. Painting MSNBC and fox with the same brush does tremendous damage to legitimate media.