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Jon Stewart’s ACORN Shining Moment

September 22, 2009

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“Where were the real reporters on this story?”  — Jon Stewart

Last week, on an episode of the fake news program The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart, in a refreshing display of chop-busting mockery, expressed his utter amazement at the ineptitude of journalists in the so-called “mainstream media.” (To see the video of Stewart’s very funny segment, click on the photo above.) Specifically, he was stunned by the impressive undercover work of two twenty-somethings who did what the major media wouldn’t do: expose ACORN‘s reprehensible willingness to abet tax fraud, money laundering, human trafficking, and underage prostitution — all courtesy of the American taxpayers’ largesse. In stark contrast to the young journalists, the major media — New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. — “got nothing,” as Stewart put it. With a chinchilla coat and a cheesy cover story, two journalistic novices influenced the machinations of government, and Stewart jumped on the YouTube sensation.

By acknowledging the importance of the ACORN story and pointing out the major media’s neglect of it, Stewart differentiated himself from his longtime leftist cohorts in the media — while also going for an easy laugh. To his credit, Stewart has shown that he can be left-leaning but still honest about what matters (more so than his “real” news competition, anyway).

This is not the first time Stewart has shown a willingness to stray from the leftwing party line. He is known for engaging ideological allies and foes alike in thought-provoking discussions, which he punctuates with (occasionally delightfully lowbrow) humor and wry observations.

In October 2004, for instance, Stewart made a memorable appearance on CNN’s Crossfire, telling Tucker Carlson and Democratic mouthpiece Paul Begala to “stop hurting America.” Stewart accused the duo of being dishonest, ignoring journalistic ethics, and engaging in “partisan hackery.”

A number of moderates and conservatives have praised Stewart’s willingness to give the other side a fair shake, including Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. Likewise, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton told New York Magazine: “He’s got his perspective, but he’s been fair.”

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11 Comments
  1. pbrauer permalink
    September 22, 2009 6:03 pm

    Good grief, you don’t have to go more the 30 seconds into the video to know that Stewart is mocking the right wing and their supposed “journalism.” What he said was that accusations of voter fraud didn’t pan out so because they paranoid they went after ACORN in another way. What shocking is that you guys actually believe the stunts by this pair is actually journalism and is good for the conservative movement.

    Jon Steward’s appearance on “Crossfire” was serious about jounalism and his mocking FNC is just an extention of that.

    • Gareth permalink
      September 22, 2009 10:38 pm

      I kind of got the same vibe that pbrauer had. PBrauer, I know you are the resident antagonist here and I am no turncoat to this site, yet I gotta say, I was right with you on this.

      Stewart has never given any quarter to conservatives for any reason. And I expected no less of him on this one. It had the appearance of being in agreement with the two young journalists while castigating the lapsed MSM journalists. Yet if we know Jon, we know him to never pass up an opportunity to mock and pummel conservatives. Why should this be any different?
      It may have looked genuine, but I have a feeling he really was still mocking conservative journalism.
      Maybe you lefties have us so rope a doped that we are just paranoid of anything you do; so now we don’t even trust you when it appears you are agreeing with us.

      By the way, the ONLY time I have seen Jon Stewart intimidated was when he had Ari Fleischer on. I don’t know why. It wasn’t the content of their talk. It wasn’t even contentious. It seems like Jon was simply alpha dogged in some way by Ari Fleischer. And Ari didn’t even try. I think Jon has some weird inner submissive respect for Ari Fleischer. It’s like Jon is the unruly dog and Cesar The Dog Whisperer walked in and went ‘chhh!’
      Ari completely owns Stewart. It was very unexpected. I took note. Never forgot that moment.

  2. Tom Trevor permalink
    September 22, 2009 6:03 pm

    What amazes me is that the lefties attacked the film maker for going under cover. Remember “60 Minutes” circa 1980, anyone?

    • Eric Kirk permalink
      September 23, 2009 9:35 am

      I’m not aware of those attacks. They are accusing the filmmakers of editing the films to fit their memes. What about the films of the ACORN offices which kicked them out? Granted, the kids aren’t journalists and don’t pretend to be. But they could shore up their arguments better if they included the coverage of ACORN workers who acted responsibly, which were apparently by far the majority.

  3. pbrauer permalink
    September 22, 2009 6:17 pm

    Well zirconia looks like diamonds but they don’t compare. Comparing 60 Minutes to these jokers is not a fair comparison. Apples and Oranges.

    • IndieIn FL permalink
      September 22, 2009 7:55 pm

      Obviously, there’s no comparison because oranges showed up and did the story… apples didn’t feel there was a story to be had. I believe we’d all have preferred seeing a real news agency doing this story professionally and in-depth. Unfortunately, non felt it a story worth pursuing due to the lengthening shadow being cast on Obama’s well known connections to the group. Despite his latest denial.

      I believe we may be seeing more and more of this type of news gathering due to MSM’s obvious left-leaning agenda and their absolute refusal to tackle ANY news story that puts any D’s in a bad light. Hopefully, MSM will eventually be forced to remake itself into what it used to be. Unbiased news reporters. That or they’ll wither on the vine and die as they’ve been doing for the past nearly 10 years. I say, GO for it, oranges!!

      • pbrauer permalink
        September 22, 2009 9:38 pm

        IndieIn, what kind of whine are drinking? That’s all conservative seem to do: whine about this ; whine about that. Everything is left-wing except Fox News. Everybody is crazy except you guys.

  4. Cas Balicki permalink
    September 22, 2009 9:19 pm

    Two things: I hate french fries and I havent watched television since sometime in 1993. On the first every now and then I will eat a couple of fries to remind myself of how much I hate fries. Such is the case with the Jon Stewart video. Every once in a while I will watch one of these things and be reminded of how much I hate television.

    No sooner do I stop watching the clip and who should I encounter but good for a laugh pbauer trying to tell me what my lyin’ eyes have not seen. On a whole I’d father eat a plate full of french fries, and that’s sayin’ something for me. Alas, I don’t know whether to laugh or puke.

  5. carterthewriter permalink
    September 23, 2009 7:26 am

    It was quite obvious the Paul didn’t engage Jon in that video. Therefore he avoided criticism,

    I felt the the subject was phoneyism in these contrived shows, not absolving anyone of the practice of producing “comedy” shows under the pretense they were serious about what they were accomplishing for the good of this country.

    It seems “pbraur” is a connoisseur of fine WHINES.

    • pbrauer permalink
      September 23, 2009 8:43 am

      Really? Who whines about the corporate media being liberal – its a contradiction in terms. The corporate media does what serves them best. You whine that the media was in the tank for Obama, but you ignore the massive media air and print dedicated to Rev. Wright, Ayers and the crook in Chicago. You focus on what Chrissy Matthews (Tweety) said about Obama and ignore the limited reach he has. The corporate media are capitalists and will cover any story they feel will earn the most bucks. Their idealogy is $$$$$.

      Beck drew some of ACORNS blood, but it hard to see how it helps conservative.

      What Steward did is was to show that poor black were being picked on by conservatives. End ot story.

  6. Bob Schwalbaum permalink
    September 23, 2009 10:06 am

    “one swallow does not a summer make”

    It would take a lot more than this one snarl to get me on-board to this
    egregious poster-boy for anti-semitism.

    In a contest for the best rep for upper West-side mind-boggling Jewish liberalism, he would win hands down.

    As a Jew, every time I see his “punim” (face?) I cringe.

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