Sorry. Lately there aren't more posts here, outside of the Friday Link. That's because this news cycle is going to blow up my mind.
In his coverage of the Vice Presidential debate, Stephen Colbert made a comment which I had forgotten. Politics is supposed to be relatively boring. It really is. I remember when Obama was President and there would be days I didn't hear a thing from the White House. Today, the news cycles during a single day can have 6 to 7 massive substantial stories which upend your sense of comprehension. There are days when I'll be reminded of a story which broke at 8 AM that morning and I'll ask myself "was that today?"
This environment was designed by Trump and Republicans. You drive people away from the news cycle by overwhelming them with stories, while at the same time you get away with undeniable crimes you're committing right in front of everyone's face, because an act which would've gotten a President thrown out of office in the past is just lost in a never ending steam of insanity.
The good news is this time around enough people have had enough of the constant noise and are demanding it get turned off on November 3rd.
One of the reasons I think the GOP ramped up this insanity starting about 2010 (even before Trump. Remember how they screamed about Ebola?), was Jon Stewart, the former host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central. One of the most intelligent men in media was a comedian hosting what was supposed to be a fake news show mocking the current headlines. His ability to succinctly pierce through the bull that was being thrown at America was refreshing, but also infuriating for the Right. It was impossible to get away with what the Conservatives were trying while Stewart was pointing it out.
I honestly think if Jon Stewart would've been on the air in 2016, Clinton would've won. I'm not saying that to begrudge Stewart. It's just no one else was doing what he was able to do. His (deserved) retirement created a vacuum Trump took advantage of.
First up tonight Stewart's masterful takedown of former New York Times reporter Judith Miller for helping to deceive the US into war. It's in two parts.
And then the interview with Chris Wallace where he tells off Fox News to their face.
That is gutsy, factual and just awesome. Have a great weekend everyone.
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