some strange b-roll of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (designed for use by SuperPACs) lends itself perfectly to literally any and every
song set as its soundtrack.
posted by leotrotsky
on Mar 14, 2014 -
Viacom pulls free Daily Show and Colbert Report from the web
. The move comes after satellite broadcaster DirecTV stopped carrying Viacom's cable channels Tuesday night.
One of DirecTV's issues with Viacom is the amount of content the cable programmer puts online for free. DirecTV and other distributors fear that giving programs away online undermines the pay-TV business model.
As if sitting through hundreds of this
was not price enough to pay.
posted by Danf
on Jul 11, 2012 -
Satire has long been part of discourse, with written records going back to the Ramesside Period of Ancient Egypt
, and two primary classifications of satire originate with the Roman satirists Horace and Juvenal
. Other notable historic figures
have also been authors of significant satire, but not always with much appreciation
. News satire
furthers the awkward stance with public, as the public may read satire as an outrageous truth
, and be angered instead of amused. The Daily Show, and Jon Stewart in specific, ranks well in the fractured world of current news programming
, and the show was noted in the New York Times as "a genuine cultural and political force
, but you don't have take their word for it. Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism studied the content of The Daily Show for an entire year (2007)
, providing interesting (if slightly dated) details on the show. That year included their much-viewed coverage fo the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
. And in poll results published July 24, 2009
, Jon Stewart was voted America's most trusted newscaster
, apparently filling the position previously held by Walter Cronkite
. But is it because Stewart is one of the few journalists willing to ask the hard questions
or has America been won over by "cheap laughs"
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 6, 2009 -
I think that we can all agree that the best-selling duo in rock history, Hall & Oates, are pretty freaking awesome. They recorded some of the greatest songs in pop history, including "Rich Girl
", "Kiss on My List
", "Private Eyes
", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
", and "You Make My Dreams Come True
". They were incredible live
. And they participated in the greatest back-alley song-writing duel of 1978
. Also Daryl Hall considers himself a modern-day warlock
However, last night the world learned that Hall and Oates's are sad. They are extremely saddened by the upcoming departure of Alan Colmes from his show Hannity and Colmes, and they have chosen to express their sadness through song
. [more inside]
posted by ND¢
on Dec 12, 2008 -
In a strange and incestuous twist of the space-web-time continuum, a fascinating comment
about the mechanism by which The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (previOusly.
) records every bit of daily news appeared inside a post
, the red-headed stepchild blog of our selfless benefactor, user 1
posted by jckll
on Aug 19, 2008 -
Are you, like many others this summer, considering avoiding the costs & hassles of pricey foreign or domestic travel by having a "staycation
" at home? Daily Show commenter John Hodgman (ably backed by Jonathan Coulton on the strings) enumerates the benefits of a "Holistay"
(much better name) to help you make your choice.
posted by jonson
on Jun 12, 2008 -
"My Shtick? Being Black."
You probably know Jordan Carlos from his role on The Colbert Report
. Like me, you may not have known he didn't actually work there: "'Saturday Night Live' has no black writers. 'The Daily Show' also doesn't have any, and neither does 'The Colbert Report,' a show on which I've played Stephen Colbert's black friend 'Alan,' a member of the staff. That's right. 'The Colbert Report' had to hire an actor to play a black person who works on the show
." (via Oliver Willis)
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Jan 8, 2007 -
This just in
... FOX is reportedly shooting a two and a half hour pilot for a show whose working title is This Just In
, which is described as being The Daily Show
for conservatives. Joel Surnow, co-creator of "24"
is behind the show and has been quoted as saying " [t]he way I look at it, almost every comedy show or satire show I see uses the same talking points against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The other side hasn't been skewered in a fair and balanced way." Oh really?
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 22, 2006 -
At this Larry King interview
and in other places, Jon Stewart is getting ready for his very big "before and after" moment. In one week he will go from hosting a sort of anti-establishment "basic cable" talk show to hosting the very establishment (of some sort at least) Oscars viewed by usually at least 40 million people. Despite what most of us me-fiers might think, Stewart is sort of unknown outside his core devotees and especially for a Oscar host -- unlike Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and even Chris Rock -- he has never been responsible for a hit movie. Moreover, his ratings
(at 1.1 -- or about two and half million
people a night) would place him at about the sixth most seen cable news "show" -- behind Greta, Shepard Smith, Hannity, Larry, and, of course, the factor. Now, that's a very wealthy, influential 2-3 million viewers that policy makers and advertisers love, so it's not chicken change but you can still understand what the Oscars might mean for fans of Jon. For people who believe Stewart is the only effective keeper of a liberal flame, you can only hope he will continue to impress on the bigger stage. However, some people are getting worried -- a la the NYT
and the New Republic
which is already claiming Stewart is losing his bite in order to please Hollywood and that he might not be so funny in the first place.
posted by skepticallypleased
on Feb 28, 2006 -