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Last night, The Daily Show spent a good amount of time of the show covering OWS.
No mention however, of an 84 year old woman who was drenched in pepper spray. Or, the peaceful protestors in the food tents that got beat, tear gassed and arrested in the wee hours. Nor did they discuss the Bloomberg/NYPD media blackout of the clearing of Zuccotti Park. Or,   as one NY Times reporter experienced upon informing a police officer that they were press, "not tonight."
Nope, none of those things were covered or discussed. What was covered? A startlingly smug hit piece featuring Samantha Bee on OWS at the expense of a few young people. The piece comes off cruel, baiting & desperate for a narrative. Really stretching for divisive hypocrisies that aren't really there. Aka, suggesting that one man's aversion to sharing his iPad with complete strangers while he suggests that there should be government programs to create more access to internet technologies is somehow hypocritical??
What's next, chalk boards and non sequiturs?
The Daily Show's recent sentiments on OWS is so surprisingly close to Glenn Beck & Fox New's narratives that TDS is now prominently featured on Glenn Beck's website.
Anyway, if you haven't seen last night's piece yet...just check it for yourselves.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Occupy Wall Street Divided


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Considering old ladies, disabled folks to young girls all got roughed up, pepper sprayed and arrested this week....they couldn't have picked a better time to dive back in head first to into the whole false equivalence bullshit. The 1% is thanking them, the conservative media is definitely thanking them. Seriously, they should really just team up with Fox News regarding the Occupy movement.
Somebody needs to take Jon Stewart to task over his constant marginalization of this. It's not being done in a fun, playful manner....it's being done in a dismissive, patronizing, cherry picking, inaccurate manner.
Like when Conan sends Triumph the comic insult dog down there....it's actually quite witty and funny, without being against the protestors or echoing 1% narratives.
Would this have anything to do with the fact that Jon's brother is Chief Operating Officer of the NYSE? I dunno, but it's a fair question.

If y'all do the facebook thing, feel free to voice your discontent with them there.
They are a very influential force faulting on the side of apathy. Seriously have had it with them over this kinda stuff!
I would love to see Ministry Of Truth, KO, Bill Moyers or Maddow take them to task on this overall, Fox worthy campaign against the occupy movement. TDS used to be witty and cutting edge...they are proving to sound like out of touch, "get off my lawn" dinosaurs recently. Makes you wonder what the intentions are...

UPDATE: AWESOME comment by CatM I wanted y'all to see which sums up my sentiments really well:

Jon Stewart is dedicated (3+ / 0-)
to false equivalency. He goes out of his way to find ways to make the right happy by criticizing the left in equal measures. The problem is that while the right has numerous examples of egregious and absurd actions, the left has far fewer, so the show has to stretch to make them.

Unfortunately, the times Stewart does this tend to be among the least funny, which to me contradicts his claim that they are a comedy show above all. If so, then the point should be comedy, and he shouldn't feel the need to hunt for things on the left that don't really lend themselves to ridicule and ridicule them.

If he can't find something truly laughable on the left, then he shouldn't pretend just to pacify his buddy Bill O'Reilly.

And I say this as someone who watches Stewart nightly and went to the Rally to Restore Sanity, where this false equivalency was on ample display, as Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann were framed as though they were the left equivalent of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

by CatM on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 04:54:06 PM PST

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