No Offense, Jon Stewart– But You’re a Bit of a Coward
First things first– we love Jon Stewart. We watch his show religiously. But after watching him humiliate CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Thursday night, we realized something:
Jon Stewart is a coward.
He’s the classic Monday morning quarterback. Think about it. When has Jon Stewart addressed a problem BEFORE it was blindingly obvious?
In hindsight, it’s apparent to us all that the financial world made idiotic calculations. Attacking some douchebag commentator this late in the game is like picking on a baseball player after his team has already lost the game.
Another classic Stewart feud was with CNN’s Crossfire (this video is hilarious.) He chewed them up– accused them of being “political hacks” and called the show “bad for America.” And he was right. Just like he was right about CNBC.
But in both cases, when HIS performance was questioned, he played his Coward Card: “I’m a comedian.”
In other words, his show shouldn’t be held to the same standards as “real” TV. This makes sense, of course, but Stewart wants it (and gets it) both ways. When he feels like attacking somebody, he can do it, and he can make headlines. But if anybody turns on him, nothing sticks, because “it’s a comedy show.”
It’s not fair. You can’t have it both ways. You’re a brilliant interviewer, Stewart, and you’ve got plenty of money by now. LEAVE Comedy Central and get a “real” show yourself.
The bottom line is this: Jon Stewart is NOT simply a comedian. ‘The Daily Show’ is hilarious, but it has also become a major factor in the political realm. Jon Stewart should acknowledge this and step out of his protective cocoon and into the “real” world. He’d be better off for it– anybody who watched his unedited interview with Cramer and then watched the edited version realizes how much is lost to the Comedy Central cutting room floor.
Again, we love Jon Stewart. Much of America loves Jon Stewart. He combines comedy and commentary with a strong dose of ‘populist’ rage– and it’s brilliant.
But at some point, you can’t keep taking shots at people and then running back to mother. For Stewart, it’s time to grow up and venture out into the real world.