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“Jon Stewart to Retire, Media Hardest Hit,” David Rutz writes the Washington Free Beacon:
Left-wing comedian Jon Stewart’s array of sycophants in liberal and supposedly mainstream outlets mourned the news of his impending retirement from The Daily Show Tuesday and Wednesday.
They tended to agree he was going out on a “high note.” Personalties from NBC to MSNBC to ABC to CBS to almost anywhere have greeted clips of his super-timely commentaries on the Iraq War and Bush administration with obsequious laughter and much serious nodding of the head throughout the years.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh explored what such admissions say about a “news” organization:
Any supposed, so-called news organization that seriously considered hiring an admitted satirist who made his bones with fake news, Jon Stewart, any network seriously considering hiring him to moderate Meet The Press isn’t what it claims to be. NBC is not a news organization any more and I don’t know if they’re going to be in the foreseeable future. Not only was there a serious effort made to hire a comedian, satirist, whatever, to moderate the venerable Meet the Press, there is also, even as we speak, serious discussion in the news business, serious discussion among journalist professionals, serious discussion among pundits that the satirist and the comedian would be ideal to replace Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News.
On the other hand, as Kevin D. Williamson writes today on Stewart’s departure announcement, it’s not like old media’s has fallen that far; it’s that we put them on far too a high a pedestal to begin with:
I met Walter Cronkite once. He was a jerk.
The occasion was the 100th anniversary of my college newspaper, the Daily Texan, where Cronkite had worked as a young man before dropping out of the University of Texas. It was 1999, and the possibility of “President George W. Bush” was starting to settle into the brains of American liberals like a particularly malignant neuroblastoma. Cronkite, completely oblivious to the possibility that he was talking to someone with views at variance with his own — he was one of those media liberals who “claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views,” as WFB once put it — went on, knowingly and smugly, about the Christian crazies who were behind it all. This was about half a decade before his public pronouncements became full-blown bonkers, suggesting to Larry King that Karl Rove was manipulating Osama bin Laden in order to influence U.S. elections.
So when Don Aucoin writes in the Boston Globe that “what Walter Cronkite was to an earlier generation — an utterly trusted voice — Stewart has been to millennials,” I am inclined to agree, though I take from that sad fact something other than what Aucoin intends. Cronkite, for all of his failings and his utterly conventional liberalism, was a real reporter. (And sort of a bad-ass, too, at one point manning a machine gun while covering World War II. I do hope that Brian Williams doesn’t pick up that story, too.) Stewart, who has announced his pending retirement from The Daily Show, is only an intellectual parasite, echoing the conventional liberalism of the old-line media establishment without doing any of the work.
Read the whole thing. It’ll DESTROY you!!!!!
Update: “The world is in flames, the economy lackluster, corruption epidemic and Obamacare a disaster. Why think deeply about these failures when you can just listen to Jon Stewart tell you that you’re better than those mean people who predicted the disaster all along?”