Stewart doesn’t bother me as much as he used to. He used to do these segments on me all the time, and then one day on the air I said he was mean and then he called me up, and we had an hour-long talk. He explained that he didn’t mean to be mean and that he does satire and that he claimed I was ‘one of the three journalists he respects.’
I said, ‘Well, it sounds like you’re looking for absolution, and I’m not giving it.’ We had a good laugh. He was very good-natured. But I understand what he does.
In Egypt, members of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood saw Stewart’s bit differently. The comedian’s skewering of Mursi was the latest insult from a nation that backed Egypt’s pro-American dictators for decades. Told that cracking down on comedians was playing poorly in Washington, a usually moderate senior Brotherhood member argued that Western notions of free speech were being used, yet again, to denigrate Islam.
“Yes, the same West that supported the burning of the Koran!” the member told American journalist Lauren Bohn this week. “We need to draw red lines.” …
Angered by a wildly inaccurate description of Stewart’s monologue in an Egyptian newspaper, the [Arabic language] teacher saw Stewart as part of a Jewish conspiracy.
“Do you know who this Jon Stewart is?” the teacher asked Hessler. “He’s a Jew, isn’t he?”
Hey, if we want this kind of intellectual laziness, we can just tune in to Fox.
Stephen Colbert interviewed Jon Stewart at the Wellmont Theatre, Friday night, a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival.
Among the highlights of the two-hour talk:
- Stewart almost quit the Daily Show early on after a disastrous writers’ meeting.
- Colbert explained his past sleepwalking problem, which once culminated in an awkward this-isn’t-what-it-looks-like moment with his wife.
- Stewart spoke about the one Daily Show clip he can’t bring himself to re-watch.
- How Colbert’s love of Lord of the Rings almost prevented one of his most famous Daily Show segments from happening.
It’s clear now that the right over time has developed Barack-tose intolerance. It seems like it began in 2008.