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Jon Stewart's Convention Coverage

Reported by Eleanor - July 30, 2004 -

I cannot really do justice to the satiric wit of Jon Stewart in a newshounds post - you have to see it for yourself, but he nailed the unfair media coverage of the third night of the democratic convention as no one else possibly could (July 29, 11:00 p.m.) on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

The intro to The Daily Show all week has been to welcome viewers to the democratic convention which is made up of: "Black people, trial lawyers, abortion for everybody, organized labor, godless sodomites, and a parking lot full of egg-shaped hybrid cars." He continued that this convention is a "farce, not news, fake news." (Sounds like the cable news networks).

Stewart made the rounds by showing actual film clips of CNN, Fox, and MSNBC discussing Al Sharpton's speech, although they sparsely covered the speech as it aired, even though that speech totally galvanized the audience. Each pundit was mocking, critical, and downright mean to Al Sharpton, making fun of the fact that he went off script and talked for twenty minutes. And the audience loved it. With some of the most memorable lines of the convention, like the one about blacks being offered 40 acres and a mule after the Civil War, which they never received, but they'll "ride this donkey as far as it goes." Sharpton also said that "black votes are not for sale." Stewart showed a clip of Brian Williams of MSNBC interviewing Al Sharpton after the speech with, "Do a rip on whatever you did a rip on." Jon's hilarious take on the media coverage pointed up the sorry fact that the networks criticized speakers instead of showing their speeches, and spent most of their time with talking heads rather than covering the convention.

The Daily Show "fake" reporters asked delegates questions like, "While the democrats meet to cheer each other on, what message does this send to the terrorists? Why hold the convention so close to the election? This is not far from the site of the 9/11 attack. Isn't that insensitive? Who dislikes George Bush? Al Qaeda? Even during a war, we can't expect the democrats to change their unAmerican ways. (This is eerily similar to the actual questions by the supposedly "not fake" reporters.)

The classic was, "While the democrats preach inclusiveness, not everyone is welcome. I look around. Where are the republicans?" The fake reporters asked people with bow ties, thinking they might be republicans. (I didn't see them ask the CNN, MSNBC and Fox hosts and pundits. If they had, they would have found the republicans.)

Further comment: What would we do without Jon Stewart? If we don't laugh, we have to cry.