Monday, April 26, 2010

Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News

This article about how Jon Stewart is going after Fox "News" (here's him RIPPING Bernie Goldberg: also reminded me of what I'm trying to do with these emails.  He (correctly) blasts Fox because it is "truly a terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization", which is exactly my view of those who defend the indefensible status quo in our school systems. 


Randi certainly falls into that category, but she's just doing her job and I actually have a grudging respect for her – even when she knows she's going to get blasted (which is happening just about every day now), she shows up on TV and at conferences to articulate and defend her point of view.  The folks who I really go after are LDH and, especially, Ravitch, who have identical views as Randi, but don't have the excuse that it's their job – instead, it's just bad thinking, sloppy or biased "research", personal vendettas, and clinging to failed ideologies.  I don't make these charges lightly.  Like Jon Stewart, when I go after somebody, it's not just name calling or ad hominem attacks.  I'm very careful to back it up and explain exactly why I feel the way I do.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are long gone. Fox News Channel is Jon Stewart's new enemy No. 1.

Comedy Central

Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" continues to take on a cable channel.


Clips: 'The Daily Show'

Last week that comedian did something that the hosts of "Fox & Friends," the morning show on Fox News, did not do: he had his staff members call the White House and ask a question.

It may have been in pursuit of farce, not fact, but it gave credence to the people who say "The Daily Show" is journalistic, not just satiric. "Fox & Friends" had repeatedly asked whether the crescent-shaped logo of the nuclear security summit was an "Islamic image," one selected by President Obama in his outreach to the Muslim world. The White House told "The Daily Show" that the logo was actually based on the Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom.

"This is how relentless Fox is" in savaging President Obama, Mr. Stewart said.

On the subject of Fox, Mr. Stewart is pretty relentless too. As demonstrated by that crescent segment and dozens of others since Mr. Obama took office, he may well be television's pre-eminent fact-checker of Fox News, the nation's highest-rated cable news channel.

It has been noticed by, among other people, the Fox host Bill O'Reilly, who called Mr. Stewart a "devoted critic" of Fox News and said "his influence is growing."


Jon Stewart's Punching Bag, Fox News



Published: April 23, 2010

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