the question we’ve all posed

turns out some conservatives like going on the daily show because jon stewart is polite and interested in genuine debate. what i find most interesting here is the following (almost a side note really):

Says [John] Bolton: “In general, a lot of the media, especially on the left, has lost interest in debate and analysis. It has been much more ad hominem. Stewart fundamentally wants to talk about the issues. That’s what I want to do.”

that “especially on the left” really bothers me. had he simply said “a lot of the media has lost interest in debate and analysis,” i would not have objected, because it’s true. but i feel it’s odd here to call out the left in particular. really? i mean, it’s not like olbermann is a peon of unbiased reporting or anything, and i wouldn’t argue that the left is somehow standing on higher journalistic principles than the right, but calling on the left specifically as the side without an interest in debate really overlooks the shrieking howler monkeys on fox news and am radio who do nothing but spew forth hate and GOP talking points.

like i said, it’s a really minor side point to the article, but it sort of undermines the whole thing for me. Bolton is trying to make himself sound rational – we’ve all wondered why conservatives would go on the daily show, and here he is throwing a bone to jon stewart’s core audience by saying it’s a place for actual debate – and then he just can’t resist falling back into political hucksterism, taking a poke at the “liberal” media, and sounding like a total jackass. 


  1. fauxpopuli said:

    Is that a typo or is there a definition of peon that I’m unaware of? And yeah, it’s particularly rich to claim that in light of this travesty of a national health care “debate” we’re currently having.

    • huh. i reread that and i thought “oh, obviously a typo, i meant paean.”

      and then, just to be sure, i looked it up in the dictionary and found out that paean means “a song of praise or triumph,” so clearly that’s not what i meant. maybe i meant paragon? that starts with a p and makes more sense.

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