Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show staff has some of the best researchers in television. I think they’re better than most of the researchers working for America’s broadcast and cable news networks.
Throughout this long campaign season, The Daily Show has served up heaping helpings of political hypocrisy. They illustrate how politicians, political pundits and spin doctors often contradict themselves. It’s not an easy task. It takes time to collect, organize, categorize and track recorded comments from newsmakers.
Wikipedia describes Stewart: “Stewart himself is a vocal, outspoken critic of the Bush administration and of personality-driven media shows, in particular the coverage of the U.S. news media networks. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his “fake news” desk. Stewart himself agrees, countering that neither his show nor his channel purport to be anything other than satire and comedy. In spite of its self-professed entertainment mandate, The Daily Show has been nominated for a number of news and journalism awards[“
I wonder: Why don’t the network and cable news programs also use these contrast contradictions involving candidates and campaign spokespersons in their own newscasts? By doing so, the news media would be raising legitimate questions involving important issues to American voters.
Doesn’t this lack of consistency say something about the sincerely and integrity of candidates and campaigns who contradict themselves?
Comparing, contrasting, adding context is the news media’s job. Especially during campaign season.
Here are a few recent examples from The Daily Show: