After discovering the questionable way the U.S. picks foreign diplomats, Daily Show host Jon Stewart proposed a way to bring non-partisanship back into the process: Send Fox News host Sean Hannity to Russia.
With current ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul set to leave his post at the end of the Sochi Olympic Games, Stewart said, President Barack Obama’s administration should select “someone we aren’t that crazy about, and [send] them away.” When a picture of Hannity showed up behind him — drawing cheers from the audience — Stewart pointed out, “He said he wanted to leave anyway.”
But otherwise, Stewart found evidence undermining House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) claim on his show that political corruption only affected the conservative side of the aisle; while none of the Obama administration’s selections to represent the U.S. in Argentina, Norway and Iceland had ever been to their assigned countries, he said, each had donated large sums of money to the president’s re-election campaign.
“Let me ask you this,” Stewart said. “Have any of you f*cking people been to EPCOT Center? Is there a rule that ambassadors can’t have set foot in the country they’re going to ambassador? Would it ruin the surprise?”
Besides giving the appearance of the impropriety Pelosi denied, Stewart said, seeing ambassadorships tied to fundraising apparently meant that the Iceland assignment was worth more than going to Argentina.
“Why would I go to the home of the tango, the world’s best beef, and the coolest pope, when I can hang out with Bjork and have a plate of Hrútspungar meat?” Stewart asked, referring to a local delicacy — ram’s testicles.
Watch Stewart examine the shady ambassadorships, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
Fox News floats conspiracy theory that Biden is using listening devices at Tuesday’s debate
Fox News reported that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden may be planning to use listening devices during Tuesday night's debate.
During a discussion with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, host Bill Hemmer relayed information from one of his colleagues, which was likely planted by the Trump campaign.
"The Trump team asked to inspect the ears of each debater for electronic devices or transmitters," Hemmer announced. "The Biden team has not consented to that."
"The Biden team wanted a break every 30 minutes, the Trump team said we will not have that," he added.
Watch the video clip below.
Trump spokesperson resorts to insulting CNN host in off-the-rails interview over president’s tax scandal
A CNN interview with Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh quickly turned into a shouting match after host Jim Sciutto peppered him with questions about the president's federal tax avoidance that was comprehensively covered in a New York Times report.
Ostensibly brought on to discuss Tuesday night's debate between Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Sciutto attempted to get answers from Murtaugh to questions his colleague Poppy Harlow couldn't get a Trump White House spokesperson to answer on Monday in an equally contentious interview.
‘Hero of the Hudson’ pilot Sully Sullenberger tears into Trump in stinging new ad from the Lincoln Project and VoteVets
In a new joint ad from the Lincoln Project and VoteVets "Hero of the Hudson" Captain Sully Sullenberger, a lifelong Republican, tore into President Donald Trump's failure of leadership.
"Leadership is not just about sitting in the pilot's seat," said Sullenberger, who served in the Air Force before famously landing a distressed commercial jetliner on the Hudson River with no fatalities. "It's about knowing what you're doing, and taking responsibility for it. Being prepared, ready, and able to handle anything that might come your way."
"From my father, a Naval officer in World War II, I learned the awesome responsibility of command," said Sullenberger. "From my service as an Air Force officer and a fighter pilot, I knew that serving a cause greater than oneself is the highest calling. And it's in that highest calling of leadership that Donald Trump has failed us so miserably. Now, it's up to us to overcome his attacks on our very democracy, knowing nearly a quarter million Americans won't have a voice — casualties of his lethal lies and incompetence."