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Monday, March 06, 2006

Folksy Solemnity?

As you know, John Stewart hosted the Oscars last night.  What you didn't know is that The Daily Show is bad for the country.  So writes Michael Kalin in the Boston Globe, who apparently has something important to say because he graduated from Harvard in 2005.  Too bad he's horribly pretentious and lack's a sense of humor.  

"The type of folksy solemnity brandished by President Bush does not resonate with ''The Daily Show" demographic. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, only 2 percent of the show's audience identify themselves as conservatives. At a time when the Democrats desperately need inspired leadership, the show's self-conscious aloofness pervades the liberal punditry.

Although Stewart's comedic shticks may thus earn him some laughs Sunday at the Oscars, his routine will certainly not match the impact of his greatest irony: Jon Stewart undermines any remaining earnestness that liberals in America might still possess."

I, on the other hand, though not a great fan of Stewart or The Daily Show, would argue for the unitary shtick theory.  


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