Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Jon Stewart + Bill Moyers = heaven

I just saw Bill Moyers' interview with Jon Stewart, and it's everything I have been wanting journalists to say for the past 6 years. Oh wait, Jon Stewart isn't a journalist, he's a political cartoon (by his own admission!)

Two liberal icons, doing what they do best. So cute! Moyers says the only reason he's on PBS is because he applied to be a correspondent on the Daily Show, but he was rejected. Stewart says that the show has standards, and anyone with as much journalistic experience and credibility as Moyers cannot be on his show. Stewart compares Gonzales to a pinhead and his relationship to Bush to DeNiro in Goodfellas.

Also compares the DC press corps relationship to DC establishment and the Bush administration to the Harlem Globetrotters playing the DC Generals: they play each other every week, they know they have to play each other, and they are accustomed to the game.

Stewart also discusses what he was thinking when he was interviewing McCain recently: "Are his long enough to connect with me if he reaches across?" The moment in which John McCain calls Stewart "my friend" is such a steely-edged one that I could hear the flash of anger in McCain's voice.

Stewart tells the truth about the Iraq War: "So they have a really delicate balance to walk between keeping us relatively fearful, but not so fearful that we stop what we're doing and really examine how they have been waging this."

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