Daily Show with Jon Stewart is Better Than Ever
January 11, 2002
four months since the horrible events of September 11. Is it just me or does
it seem like it can't possibly have been four months? We have seen many new
things these past four months -- both horrible and wonderful -- that will live
on forever in our minds. And on television, there
have been many new "patriotic" items advertised. Gold-plated coins with
Bush on them, firefighters and police officers painted on money, and "Great
American Songs" compiled on "exclusive" CDs that "aren't available in stores
so call now!" There are people with suits on sitting in a boardroom somewhere
saying things like, "Hmmm. You know, Barry, patriotism is IN this year . . .
how can we capitalize on that?" It gets under my skin to the point that I literally
just want to hit the TV.
this have to do with The Daily Show, you ask? Jon is a regular guy in a high
position. In Jon's Comedy Central site bio, they describe him as "one of America's
top social and comedic voices." I watch The Daily Show every night for this
reason. The same things that annoy me these days annoy him too. And he's in
the position to say to these guys, "You're idiots, and we all know it." He says
what I, and many others, are thinking. And, many times, he says things that
I've been thinking but never knew how to say. When the plane went down in Queens
I was disgusted with the way they kept showing the burned neighborhoods and
speculating -- "Now, if there was a bomb, could that have done this?" The whole
time I'm thinking, "Shut the hell up! Move on! Stop rehashing it! When you have
NEWS, tell us!" But I' m just Kelly. I can't do anything. I have, at most, an
audience of five people to rant to. And then Jon gave me a phrase that summed
up what I was feeling was being done to me. "Mind f**ked." (His bleeped
words). Right on my brother, that's it exactly.
what I'm saying is that I'm grateful that we have Jon and The Daily Show to
speak for us. He has pointed a sly finger at the media. I look forward to the
day when Steve Carell does the Ad Nauseum that will appease my anger at all
the money hungry corporations that are capitalizing on our revived patriotic
feelings. Throughout all this, The Daily Show has shown compassion, a balance
of serious and funny, and the right amount of sensitivity and tact. But what
I'm most pleased with is their willingness to stick out their necks and poke
fun at those who deserve it. When Jon yells at Fox, CNN, and MSNBC, I clap my
hands and cheer him on from my couch, 'cause he's saying what I can't. And for
that, I am thoroughly pleased.
Jon, for saying what we all want to say. Thank you for letting us know it's
okay to laugh instead of cry. And thank you for keeping me from going psycho.
The Daily Show lessens that anger, turns it into annoyance, and sometimes into
pure laughter. Rock
on Daily Show.
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