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The New York Times reports on "a five-week industry boot camp designed to bring young veterans into the television business" that is "run by one of the Iraq war’s fiercest critics, Jon Stewart, the longtime host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”" posted by Little Dawn (13 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
I hope this doesn't turn into the crap thrown at Michael Moore for doing similar work, but it's a dim, distant hope.
posted by Etrigan at 1:51 PM on May 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


Jon genuinely loves this program, works his ass off for and cares about these people. It's not just lip service. Because of my spot on the crew, I've been to a decent percentage of the presentations and have sat on the panel for two. It's one of the million things that make me proud to be a part of the show.
posted by nevercalm at 2:07 PM on May 25, 2015 [52 favorites]


"way less whiny" than most of his hires.

Jon Stewart, we love you too.
posted by corb at 2:23 PM on May 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


I first heard about American Corporate Partners through another feature on Jon Stewart Around when Rosewater was coming out. I can't thank him enough for the work he's doing by just bringing the level of awareness up.
posted by 27kjmm at 3:03 PM on May 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's an awesome program.

Veterans are also underrepresented on the analyst / portfolio manager side on Wall Street. I have been trying to get in their resumes for ten years. Hardest part was getting them to be open to move to New York ... the junior officer corps is very culturally oriented to the south and the exurbs these days.
posted by MattD at 4:29 PM on May 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


Rob Riggle is an Afghanistan vet, and John Oliver's wife is an Iraq vet whom he met while doing a piece for the show.

It's kind of weird the article doesn't mention that.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:31 PM on May 25, 2015 [8 favorites]


As a junior officer who will probably be getting out in next 3 or 4 years, it's good to hear about programs like this.
posted by A Bad Catholic at 4:50 PM on May 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


John Oliver's wife is an Iraq vet whom he met while doing a piece for the show.

Awesomely, Oliver met his wife while he was hiding out at the Republican National Convention because the TDS team thought they were about to be thrown out.

It's kind of weird the article doesn't mention that.

I wonder how much of it is that they aren't on the show anymore and the editors figured it was too much of a pain in the ass to draw all the lines necessary to mention them.
posted by Etrigan at 4:54 PM on May 25, 2015 [5 favorites]


It's kind of weird the article doesn't mention that.

I think it's weird the article doesn't mention Stewart's criticism of the VA, but including that context would undermine the clickbait title and how it plays on the stupid and dangerous idea that criticizing a war also criticizes our troops and their service.

Relatedly? Jon Stewart slams Judith Miller over reporting that led to the Iraq War [WaPo]
posted by Little Dawn at 6:27 PM on May 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


How many veterans are getting hired at Fox News? I mean, you'd think they'd be rolling out the red carpet, right?

Or, no. They keep hiring from Bob Jones University.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:48 PM on May 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


That's because Fox is helping out the battered veterans of the Culture War and the poor folks who've been in the trenches of the War on Christmas.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:11 AM on May 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


Fox News would love to hire junior officers, I have no doubt, but if I can't get them to New York to be investment analysts, Fox sure as heck can't get them on entry-level journalism salaries. Maybe the Bob Jones kids are the right wing equivalent of the people who come to New York to start at Conde Nast or the NY Times -- made possible by a combination of Dad's money and a willingness to live with a roommate in a 1-bedroom apartment Astoria.
posted by MattD at 7:34 AM on May 26, 2015


I wish they'd run things like this for poor kids who didn't join the military. Then maybe they'd have more occupational choice. I feel like having military service be a requirement for career and educational programs is really perverse.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 7:39 AM on May 26, 2015 [5 favorites]


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