It's become an avalanche and it's ugly and frightening. It's the demonization of dissent - and it is a crisis we must address.
In the days and weeks leading up to the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, there was much speculation about who Stephen Colbert actually was, how much of what we'd seen up until now was a made up persona, and which version of whom would be hosting The Late Show.
As viewers, we turned to Stewart when democracy was losing the plot. We charged him with the numinous task of separating the real from the unreal, the empty rhetoric from the suffering it caused.
Jon Stewart reminded us that while democracy (and life) is funny, it can also be intermittently devastating, and leave the pausing complex thinkers eating the tyranny of inanities left by the panting race of power-obsessed double-dealers.
It happened slowly at first, then suddenly political satire was everywhere. I don't know when exactly the turning point was. It might have been 8 years of Bushisms that provided the kindle for the fire. Or maybe the absurdity of the 2008 election cycle was the turning point, when an SNL skit discredited a Vice Presidential candidate in the eyes of an entire generation.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
A 17-year relationship ended just like that and I have no idea how I will go on. Okay, it was with a married man and I knew that sooner or later that son of a bitch would go back to his family. But the thing is I just cannot imagine life without my TV life partner Jon Stewart.
As the world celebrates Jon Stewart's contributions to comedy, news and politics and mourns his departure from The Daily Show, many people are forgetting that Stewart is more than just a talented satirist. He's an outstanding leader.
Bullying in our culture is a serious enemy, but with it we are fighting not just outsiders but ourselves. We may have quieted our more fervent emotions and dreams to conform to -- yes, often -- political correctness -- which does leave all of us vulnerable to imploding and in some form exploding in anger or righteousness.
Jon Stewart had a tremendous impact on the world and has launched the careers of many notable comedians such as Stephen Colbert, Jon Oliver, and Steve Carell. For now, we can watch Last Week Tonight and watch clips from The Daily Show on YouTube until it sinks in that Jon Stewart is not coming back.
This week gave us a night of truly must-see TV. First, 17 Republican candidates squared off in two debates on Fox News. The would-be presidents mostly competed to see who could sound the most bellicose, who hated the government more, who could show more contempt for undocumented immigrants and poor people, and who would repeal Obamacare (and deny 10 million people health insurance) the fastest. We learned military spending needs to be greatly increased, and that we need to start a new ground war with ISIS -- and possibly Iran. We heard little about the economy and nothing about climate change. Though Ronald Reagan was invoked, this was more midnight than morning in America. Then, a few hours later, in an act of supreme scheduling irony, Jon Stewart memorably said goodbye, reminding us that "bullshit is everywhere," and "the best defense against bullshit is vigilance." And also how desperately we'll miss him. #JonVoyage
The Twittersphere was on fire last night as hundreds of thousands paid tribute to Jon Stewart who said goodbye after 16 years on The Daily Show. Stephen Colbert told an emotional Stewart on last night's show, "We owe you because we learn from you."
Today's topics include Chez on Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour; farewell to Jon Stewart and the end of late night satire; the first GOP debate; the fake story about drinking games; Fox News focus group goes nuts about Trump and much more.
Okay, he had an agenda. But it was an agenda that made many media pundits a little nervous. I mean, here are some excerpts from the speech he gave to an adoring crowd that day.
Last night, at the end of his last "Daily Show" program on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart told his audience and viewers that they were the ones who had to carry on the work of finding the humor in the hypocrisy of the world.