The 2000 Presidential election was a mess. Far after the last ballots had been cast, miscounted chads hung throughout Florida, and America was left without a leader for months. Aside from establishing itself as the premiere American fuck up, Florida kicked off a decade defined by political partisanship without a mediator and general stupidity.
The election was ripe for satire, though, and Comedy Central wouldn't miss its chance. A re-tooled Daily Show had begun to pick up steam throughout this yearlong botched display of American party politics. Jon Stewart took aim at the unreasonable and sensationalist rants of the 24-hour news cycle with one target frequently in his crosshairs: [...]
Last week, among young viewers, the Comedy Central "news" programs' coverage of the Republican National Convention beat that of the legitimate news channels. From 11:00pm – midnight, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report got better ratings than Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN among adults 18-34. Comedy Central averaged about 450,000 viewers compared to Fox's 329,000, MSNBC's 158,000, and CNN's 146,000. They also beat CNN and MSNBC in adults 18-49, but lost out to Fox News and their legions of 35-49 year-old viewers. The only concern here is that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were mostly covering the news from the previous night. As a result, all these [...]
Jon Stewart was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this past weekend, where he talked about his views on the network and its conservative bias. What aired was a 12 minute segment, but an uncut 22 minute interview is available online. On last night's Daily Show, Stewart talked about the interview and what he thinks is the most important part of it, which was unsurprisingly left on the cutting room floor. In the segment he's talking about, Wallace essentially admits that Fox News has a conservative slant in order to "balance out" MSNBC's liberal slant. OK! You can see the whole thing right here.
OK, so here's what happened: some dude on Fox News's Red Eye by the name of Andy Levy made this joke on May 24th: "Supreme Court orders tens of thousands of California prisoners released. This actually may help the Raiders start selling out their home games again." Because Raiders fans are criminals, you see.
Then, on May 26th, Jay Leno made this joke on The Tonight Show: "Bad news for the state of California. The Supreme Court will force the state to release something like 46,000 convicts because of prison overcrowding. But the good news: It looks like the Oakland Raiders will have more season-ticket holders. Yeah, so the [...]