Friday, March 4th, 2011

It's Impossible to Not Get Angry While Watching Jon Stewart's Teachers vs. Bankers Segment

While The Daily Show is still very much a comedy show, there are occasional segments that move beyond comedy into a brand of political commentary that's done in a light tone, but with a force behind it that makes it really difficult to laugh. They're those segments that clearly are so important to Jon Stewart, that the jokes take a back seat to an argument carefully built on logic and evidence. Last night had one such segment.

Clearly, education is an important topic to Stewart. During the interview later in the show, he talked passionately about his own mother, a former teacher, and how hard she worked. And that passion was clear in how he methodically set up various Fox News pundits to claim that teachers were greedy and selfish and swimming in cash, while bankers and people making over $250k a year were above the need to sacrifice and living near the poverty level. It's a pretty tough segment to get through without getting angry, which might not be the traditional goal of a comedy program, but something that can be counted as some form of success with The Daily Show.

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  • JoshUng

    I'm surprised more people don't bring this up, but its a myth that Teachers only work 75% of the year. A school year is 180 days, and the teachers do show up before day one.

    After weekends are taken out, a work year is about 250 days, after you take out paid holidays and vacation time, I only work about just over 200 days a year (assuming I take all my vacation days). With the exception of presidents day, I don't get any crazy holidays off and I don't think I have some uncommon amount of paid time off. By those numbers, a teacher works about 90% the days I do, but then again, I only work 8 hours a day, and I can't/don't take my work home with me. I would definitely bet that a teacher works more hours a year than I do, and most people in traditional private sector jobs too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-McMahon/100000062513606 Timothy McMahon

    Thank You!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one getting mad when I watch the Daily Show. I had to turn the TV and walk away once when watching this. Yes, the jokes were funny, but the reality of the subject, and the illogic of it all, kept coming back to me, and smacking me in the face. Glad to know I wasn't the only one. Thank you.