Skip to comments.Jon Stewart Abandons 'Sanity'
Posted on 05/21/2014 4:22:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
Just before the 2010 midterms, Comedy Central star Jon Stewart drew a large crowd to Washington to celebrate a "Rally for Sanity." He gave a closing speech, intended to be inspirational and not comical, on how "we can have animus and not be enemies."
The same man who succeeded in convincing CNN to cancel "Crossfire" in 2004 because its squabbles were "hurting the country" felt the need to sermonize about overdoing caricatures of our political opponents on television. This raises the question: Does this man watch his own show?
"The country's 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder," Stewart proclaimed in his address. "The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous flaming ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."
Simply put, Stewart is lecturing the media not to behave like ... Stewart.
Stewart routinely shreds his own "sanity" talking points on his Comedy Central show. On May 12, he denounced Rush Limbaugh as a "quivering rage heap" with no humanity but only the remains of a "superfund cleanup site that was his soul." He was so upset Limbaugh would mock the first lady's Twitter-hashtag activism for kidnapped girls in Nigeria, he suggested the response: "F--kYouRush."
"If we amply everything, we hear nothing."
His "Rally for Sanity" co-host was Stephen Colbert. Well, the other night over on "The Colbert Report," the heir to David Letterman's "Late Show" on CBS came to Hillary Clinton's defense by lowering himself to calling Karl Rove "s--t for brains." Comedy Central ain't Comity Central.
On April 8, Stewart attacked us: "Brent Bozell of the conservative Media Research bull (bleep), I mean Center" reported that Univision relentlessly campaigns for Latinos to sign up for Obamacare -- so the White House can claim it's a political achievement that can never be repealed and replaced. Stewart claimed this network was doing the work of the angels, utterly nonpolitical and nonpartisan: "Bastardos! How dare a cable network use its reach to help the audience comply with the law."
Like most comedians, Stewart will wildly exaggerate others for a laugh. That's fine -- to a point. Stewart regularly crosses that line. Then he delivers speeches on the Washington Mall claiming to be against what he does every night for a living.
Stewart has nothing but irreverence for religion. On Dec. 3, 2012, Stewart told Fox News "you're f---ing nuts" to protest the removal of nativity scenes from public sites or the scrubbing of school "holiday concerts" by calling it a "war on Christmas." Fox News was an "asylum" of insanity for not realizing that even Manhattan looks like a Christmas card. "All around your studio, it looks like Santa's balls exploded."
"If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."
Stewart spent years preparing to look like a hypocrite on the Mall. In the summer of 2010, months before Stewart's civility sermon, he welcomed comedian Louis C.K. to his set and proclaimed he was "one of my favorite comedians." As they were joking about being bleeped by censors, Louis assaulted Pope Benedict: "I was going to say that the Pope f---ed boys and I didn't have time." After sick laughs, he insisted he was serious: "I do think he does."
C-SPAN doesn't use laugh tracks, but Stewart could have used one when he stood in front of the Capitol and posed as Mr. Civility Goes to Washington.
It has been probably about three or four months since I’ve even watched a program on the Comedy channel. No new Southpark episodes, Futurama is over and only reruns from now on, and nothing on the channel now worth watching. I only ever saw Jon or Colbert when I passed by the channel to watch one of my usual shows. They’re gone, and I haven’t even glimpsed JS or SC (is he on late night now? I don’t know)....
The gist of this? My life is so so much better now that I haven’t even seen either say one fracking word.
Liberals are hypocrites. I’m surprised that anyone is surprised by that simple fact.
Which is fortunate, because Jon Stewart is NOT FUNNY. No matter what you think of his politics. He isn't amusing.
For the record, about 80 percent of everyone doing "comedy" now isn't funny. Such is the world we live in.
If they can lay any claim to anything, hypocrisy is definitely one of them
He’s is also not inspirational.
What the HELL has Univision ever done to stem the tide of illegal immigration, arms smuggling, human traffiking, drug mules etc.?
Stalinists lie. ALWAYS
There is no hypocrisy among leftists. They seek control by any means necessary. Useful idiots who go along to get along are part of the program.
The extent of his comedic talent is making faces at the camera after playing a video clip.
Shouldn’t a comedian be funny every once in a while. Now they are only used to demonize Conservatives.
Pray America wakes up
As with most libs, jon thinks of himself as a minigod who SHALL be listened to or else.
“For the record, about 80 percent of everyone doing “comedy” now isn’t funny. Such is the world we live in.”
Yes. Sam Kinison would have never survived in today’s world.
It does get tedious pointing it out. But we're reminded every-single-day.
Although they are billed as comedians, I have never found John Stewart and Steve Colbert to be very funny. Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, has a good sense of humor.
Great comments on this thread, but what good are they doing? None. It's nothing but preaching to the choir, and that choir is nodding off. Without conservative pop culture outlets, no one outside FReep hears what we have to say. Generation.com, set to start taking control of this nation in another 10-15 years, is still influenced by the likes of Bill Maher, Pink and Katy Perry.
"But, but, but...the Leftists control Hollyweird," you whine. "They own all the movie production houses, the record labels, the cable networks, the sports teams, and so on. They have a strangle hold on pop culture!" You're right. Maybe it's time we stop whining about the sorry state of affairs and actually do something about it. Maybe it's time we create hedge funds to buy control of pop culture outlets, so we can have the say on which movies and TV shows get green lighted. Maybe it's time we pool our money and buy control of Time Warner, Comcast, Cable One, etc. Maybe it's time we buy control of the record labels, so we could decide which bands and musicians get signed and promoted.
Or we could continue to preach to the choir on FReep, whining and crying to ourselves only, whistling past the graveyard of our Republic, on our way to the ash heap of history.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
I also think he’s extremely envious of Colbert getting the Letterman gig... (although both Liebowitz and Colbert are equally untalented).
It doesn't matter if we FReepers know he's a comedian, because we're only preaching to the choir. IF we're going to fix the mess this Republic is in, we've got to quit bitching to ourselves, and figure out how to get Generation.com to take the red pill. Getting our own Jon Stewarts and Bill Mahers, our own Katy Perrys and Pinks, our own Pearl Jams, our own Michael Moores, our own George Clooneys, etc., is the only way to reach and deprogram Generation.com.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!