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    Why did Jon Stewart have Barton on in the first place? Well, Stewart wanted to challenge Barton's falsified history, and that's good, but Barton is too practiced a liar for Jon Stewart--one would have to have extremely in-depth knowledge of American history to do that, and Stewart is a generalist (a brilliant generalist, granted.) And, in any case, he couldn't really go for the jugular. I'll tell you why--ratings. Stewart needs to get major Republican leaders on his show, and if he were to call out David Barton, there's a risk that Mike Huckabee (who has stated Americans should be forcibly indoctrinated with Barton's teachings) and the rest of the pack wouldn't come knocking.

    There is another possible explanation.  Stewart had him on to try to go for the jugular, and failed.  He wins many, loses some (John Yoo, for example).  Happens to the best of em.  So perhaps we should accept that sometimes he's just gonna get beat--and stop trying to assume its all about ratings.

    PS Successfully getting the jugular is even better for ratings than failing to do so.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Fri May 06, 2011 at 09:55:52 AM PDT

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