karaokegal (karaokegal) wrote,
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Did you guys see the Daily Show last night? (Pundit round-up)

I mean the Jason Jones stuff in Iran was (IMAO) totally not funny even before all hell broke lose. Some people are good at that "being a Jerk" put-on style, but I honestly think Jason does it a little too well, and those "interviews" were just plain uncomfortable to watch.

Then finding out that three of the people who were interviewed have been arrested? EEEEP!

Jon had (I THINK) the son of one of the men who was arrested (the cleric?) and tried to do a little bit of snark about the fact that it was an old man who'd been arrested in the hospital. He said something like "What are the authorities doing to make sure he doesn't escape?" and boy did that go flat.

I thought Asif Mandvi's bit was great. (I LOVE ASIF) and I also loved John Oliver's stoney-faced annoyance at Britain being the "#1 threat."

Huffpo Link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/23/daily-show-on-and-in-iran_n_219424.html

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Meanwhile, I wasn't surprised that neither Keith, nor Rachel mentioned MSNBC basically dropping the ball over the weekend, but it would have been cool if they had. Keith made up for it by having John Hodgman on the show and by highlighting the worst person in the world, who pretty much hit a new low.

Check this out:
In her June newsletter, Rep. Cynthia Davis, a St. Charles County Republican, offers some rather provocative commentary on child hunger. In fact, she says, there are actually hidden benefits to a child going hungry. Who would have thought?

"Hunger can be a positive motivator," writes Davis, who chairs the Missouri House Special Committee on Children and Families. "What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals? Tip: If you work at McDonald's, they will feed you for free during your breaks."

In questioning the need for a summer food program to serve thousands of low-income Missouri children, Davis goes on: "Bigger governmental programs take away your connectedness to the human family, our brotherhood and our need for one another...It really is all about increasing government spending, which means an increase in taxes to buy more free lunches and breakfasts.


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One more moment in punditry:

This is an interview that Ana Marie Cox did a few months ago. (You can tell it's old because she has long hair instead of her cute, adorable pixie cut.)
Anyway...among all the delicious snark, she tells a story about Howard Fineman, that is extremely unflattering. It's a long-ish clip, so make sure you have the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1ZCqqHl4Yc
Tags: ana marie cox, daily show, journal, keith olbermann, politics, rachel maddow
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