Jon Stewart was in fine form again on last night’s episode of The Daily Show, proving once more that he is an equal opportunity satirist. The right insists on calling his show a “fake” news show, and accusing him of putting a left-handed spin on everything, but nothing could be further from the truth. Of course, The Daily Show is satire, but it is satirizing real news, and Jon’s wit is always razor-sharp. He will turn that wit on anyone, left or right. Say something silly and Jon will point it out to the world.
No one was left unscathed in his assessment of the most recent developments in the Syria debacle. He went after the media on both the right and the left, as well as President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Early in the segment he criticized Wolf Blitzer for asking the President to look into the camera and speak directly to Bashar al-Assad. It was, of course, a silly request, which the President politely declined saying:
He went on to skewer the President for the statement he made in the debates last year with Mitt Romney. That is when he made his famous “red line” statement, which is what got us into this mess, saying:
Stewart also had fun in his inimitable way with the Secretary of State, “stumbling, inadvertently” into a non-violent way to deal with the problem, referring to Kerry’s statements in a press conference Kerry said that the only way to avoid a violent confrontation was if Al-assad would agree to give control of his chemical weapons up to the international community, but admitting, “he isn’t about to do it, and it can’t be done.”
Jon of course went into an arm waving rant shouting “it can’t be done, no way, it can’t be done.” This is followed by a short clip of a news report saying that the State Department said that this was a “rhetorical” remark and not a real proposal from Kerry. Jon said of this:
Jon asks just before a clip of Stuart Varney on Faux News saying:
This led Stewart to ask:
Following this, in true Daily Show for,m a rapid fire string of pundits who have been raging about the war that Obama was about to start were played with all of them now angry that we were not going to go to war and because they see Putin as having upstaged us. As Jon says, “If we caught Charlie Manson, who gives a sh*t who gets the collar?”
Stewart’s follow-up to the talking heads at Faux News was, of course, priceless:
There is no arguing with the logic of this statement since anyone with a brain knows that if the President came out in support of blue skies the propagandists at Faux would be in favor of chartreuse skies, anything rather than agree with him on so much as the time of day.