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Jon Stewart, Bully

June 20th, 2011 - 12:00 am

But while The Daily Show’s behavior may not be surprising, it is kind of disgusting, isn’t it?  Stewart is at the height of his career and in a position of power.  For him to have his minions take action that costs a 23-year-old up-and-comer his representation is bullying, plain and simple.

This is not Crowder’s opinion, by the way.  Crowder has adopted a philosophical and forgiving attitude in both his videos and our private conversations.  He points out Stewart has the right to have anyone on his show he wants.  I agree.  It’s not the ban on conservative pundits I object to.  As I say:  that’s par for the course.   But Crowder has as much right to publicize that ban as Stewart has to put it in place.  After all, if Stewart is ashamed of the policy, he should stop it.  If he’s not ashamed, he shouldn’t mind when it becomes public.  The Daily Show’s response to Crowder’s video was simply despicable.

Crowder calls Stewart “hilarious,” and “brilliant.”   I would have said “amusing” and “clever,” but that’s beside the point.  A talented bully is still a bully.  I don’t know Stewart.  He may be a nice guy.  But being a nice guy and being a good man are two different things.  Blacklisting a 23-year-old and intimidating his rep are not the acts of a good man.  And it really isn’t funny in the least.

[I’m not sure I need to say this, but just by way of full disclosure:  my agent sends my material around too. I know he’s sent it to Comedy Central, and he may well have sent it to The Daily Show.  If he hasn’t yet, I guess I just saved him the postage!]

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