Is Jon Stewart an obnoxious liberal pretending to be a comedian… or a comedian pretending to be an obnoxious liberal?
That’s the great clown nose dilemma. Stewart wants to be taken seriously, except when he’s taken seriously in a bad way… and then he was only joking. The clown nose goes on and then off again.
So when Jon Stewart decided to object to Megyn Kelly’s statement that she was joking about Santa being white, the master of the clown nose commentary seemed upset.
“Humor is what we try to bring to this show,” Kelly said, “but that’s lost on the humorless.”
“What appeared to me to be another example of a Fox News segment expressing anger and victimization over the loss of absolute power and reframing that as persecution of ‘real America’ by minorities, freeloaders, and socialists…What I thought was that was a jest, a jape, a bit of wise-crackery,” Jon Stewart said. “I guess we all owe you an apology.”
The Daily Show is just another example of liberals expressing anger and victimization at anything that offends them. So Stewart ought to know how it works. His stock in trade is pushing the left’s agenda with humor. Sometimes he plays “Fair and Balanced” by taking cracks at the left. Mostly he pushes the left and attacks the right. It’s his job.
What’s the difference between a joke and the news? Not much when both have an agenda. There really is no difference whether the clown nose is on or off. except that when it’s on, you aren’t supposed to get offended or react with outrage. It’s all in good fun.
Jon Stewart has spent a long time hiding behind the clown nose. It’s hypocritical for him to complain about anything else doing the same thing.