I have been a political activist and organizer since the days when we opposed American Apartheidt and the War on the People of Viet Nam.
I am a regular viewer of the Daily Show, I get more news from Mr. Stewart's Program, and despite my regular viewership of Washington Week in Review, Face the Nation, and This Week, The Matthews Show and assiduous listening to NPR's quality news. Often watching the Daily Show, I find myself shaking my head hearing more straight facts from Stewart's "Comedy Show", than in much of the canned press release, pre-chewed propaganda laced spam on the "official" mainstream news programming. It's been years since I have been able to sit through more than a few minutes of the evening news shows of the networks.
But the saddest comment I can report, I heard on a Diane Rheim show's Friday journalist panel, when a writer for one of the main stream news outlets tried to explain why there's better reporting on the Daily Show - "Well they can do news Stories that the New York Times or the Washington Post or the LA Times cannot manage. The Daily Show has resources.... [sad isn't it]
There was a silence among the panelists after the comment, because it was both brutally honest, and obviously wrong. Yet that unchallenged silly explanation offered a comment that went to the heart of the issue. The Daily Shows advantage is not one of tangible resources... but a resource of INTESTINAL FORTITUDE and Integrity, a capacity to speak plainly about the Emperor's Non-Existent Wardrobe.
Jon's team, hasn't yet drunk the Koolaid of Official BIG-TIME journalism, they are not insiders, and as a mere "Comedy" News Show - they can plainly speak the truth and in the stark light of bitter BLACK IRONY and amid the gasps from the BIG News Desks they are simply a refreshing breeze of candor for a TRUTH hungry American Ear.
Thanks Jon & Thanks to you and your researchers - the Cramer/CNBC/SEC roast we watched had more truth than CNN can summon in a decade of 24/7 broadcasting.