Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dear Jon Stewart: No, we're not just as bad


Jon Stewart... love ya like a brutha and all, but you did it again...
A false equivalence at the end is made likening the Wisconsin protestors to the Tea Party, and Ed Schultz to FoxNews personalities.

See Jon, do you remember when Bill Maher called you on your lack of a stand at your Rally to Restore Sanity? Said Maher:

Maher noted that Colbert and Stewart are his friends, but bemoaned the idea that the insanity is equally distributed in both parties. "Keith Olbermann is right when he says he's not the equivalent of Glenn Beck. One reports facts the other one is very close to playing with his poop..."

The equivalency thing is careless and insulting. I believe Maddow last night (as well as the videos from her show I have posted previously) seriously do demonstrate a variety of reasons why there is nothing served by making that comparison:

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Let's go through the differences, Mr. Stewart:
  • Ed Schultz is calling nuts a group of people who have no idea what they're talking about, obeying the marching orders of a network that tells them daily that their country is under Communist siege. The people in Wisconsin organized themselves, and they can actually tell you why. Thus, unlike the insanity of TeaParty mania, this actually IS grass roots.
  • The TeaParty people are calling Obama a whole range of words that do not describe him and are often contradictory (Socialist and Fascist? Really?) while this mass of people are calling Walker a dictator because he is assuming dictatorial position due to an "emergency" he himself is cooking up to justify the position.
  • Your own video (3:25) shows his actual intention... the union must die to this guy.
  • Ed Schultz did not organize these people, again. I feel this needs massive repeating. He is covering it while corporate media failed to for a strange length of time. But covering it. That's all. Meanwhile FoxNews kept calling the TeaParty a "grass roots" organization when their own people are the ones that helped organize it, rooted for it, and repeatedly blew their numbers out of proportion.
  • And if that's not enough, Mr. Stewart, let's just put President Obama and Governor Walker in a cage match and see whose level of honesty, morality, and overall intellect, really stands up. Hint: Walker will be screaming "uncle" without Obama having to work up a single bead of sweat.
Please, for the love of all things Democratic, Mr. Stewart, knock it off with this false equivalency. I love your show. You give great slams to both sides, and I applaud it. It's this attempt to call them the same that is careless, and dare I say it... makes you just as bad as the reporters you mock, or as stupid as Sean Hannity, who in the video above, from your own show, attempts to make the signs in Wisconsin just as bad as the signs of TeaPartiers. First off, they're spelled right. Second, there's no comparison between a sign that says FoxNews lies (which it does) and saying that Obama is an antichrist, complete with a photograph of him in a diaper and a Kenyan origin and a bone through his nose. By all means, criticize, but do so with wit, and not with this pathetic throw-away line that is obviously false.

Okay, actually it doesn't make you just as bad or just as stupid, but hopefully, by my making that bad comparison towards you, you can see how careless that just as bad accusation really is. I must agree as Maher says to you directly:
. . . the big mistake of modern media has been this notion of balance for balance's sake. That the Left is just as violent and cruel as the Right...there's a difference between a mad man and a madman . . . Martin Luther King spoke on that Mall in the capital and he didn't say, 'Remember folks, those southern sheriffs with the fire hoses and the German shepherds, they have a point too.' No, he said I have a dream, they have a nightmare...Liberals, like the ones on that field, must stand up and be counted and not pretend that we're as mean, or greedy, or short-sighted or just plain bat-shit as they are. And if that's too polarizing for you, and you still wanna reach across the aisle ... try church.