One of the greatest legacies Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” left us was the almost daily segments calling out, what Stewart labeled, bullsh*t.
“So I say to you tonight, friends. The best defense against bullsh*t is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something,” Stewart said closing his final show.
While former “Daily Show” correspondents Samantha Bee and John Oliver have taken that instruction to the bank, their acclaimed shows only air once a week. This leaves the public with four days each week where bullsh*t too often goes unchallenged by journalists and cable news outlets responsible for holding bullsh*t responsible. Particularly when it comes to Fox News, which Stewart was famous for challenging. While Larry Wilmore’s “Nightly Show” occasionally strikes back at the right-leaning network, no late-night shows have picked up the banner of duty and accountability to the extent Stewart did.
But, as we swim deeper into the bowels of the 2016 election, one late-night host has begun to emerge as a genius bullsh*t detector: Seth Meyers.
His “Closer Look” segment, which airs almost nightly, is reminiscent of Oliver’s final spotlight segment that deals with a complex issue each week. However, Meyers looks at the daily cistern of bullsh*t and obliterates the source, while Oliver tends to focus on in-depth examinations of the system and the ways in which it is unfairly harming specific people.
Meyers’ feud with Trump dates back to the 2011 White House Correspondent’s dinner when Meyers called Trump “a joke” to his face.
“Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican,” Meyers said. “Which is surprising because I just assumed he was running as a joke.”
Trump trolled Meyers in 2014 on Twitter while Meyers hosted the Emmy Awards. Now Meyers has banned Trump from ever coming on his show. He even mocked other late-night programs that do funny gimmicks while interviewing serious people, some of which are on his own network.
Meyers loses press because his YouTube videos don’t go as viral the following day as those who force guests into more humiliating games and parlor tricks. Instead, he relies on an intelligent, politically astute audience who demands he ask real questions to presidential candidates he interviews. In the two years that he has been on the air, Meyers proved he will continue to embed the dry wit SNL’s “Weekend Update” had, but he’s not above throwing in a little schtick and challenging a crack graphics team.
Like Stewart’s “Daily Show,” people can now tune into Meyers’ “Late Show” and catch up on the news in a casual and funny way. Whether it makes the ratings the network wants or not, Meyers doesn’t just make jokes, he makes a point, and it is quickly rising to the level of Stewart quality.
Former four-star general speculates whistleblower scandal could involve Trump giving Putin an American
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But former Gen. Barry McCaffrey had a chilling thought about what it could possibly be — and posted his speculation on Twitter:
SHEER SPECULATION. Is it possible that the WHISTLEBLOWER issue was Trump discussing with Putin handing over our former US Ambassador to Moscow Mike McFaul to Russian authorities? https://t.co/0PnQn0upiA
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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that the House Judiciary Committee is considering a vote to hold President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress, after a lengthy hearing on Wednesday in which Lewandowski aggressively attacked members of the committee and admitted that he routinely lies to media outlets.
This development comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told members of her caucus that she supports holding Lewandowski in contempt.
‘This person has to be very senior’: Ambassador McFaul breaks down two possible whistleblower motivations
America's former ambassador to Russia on Thursday broke down what we know about the whistleblower alleging wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.
Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on "The Beat."
"In my understanding, have -- having worked closely with the intelligence community, when I was in the government -- nobody that I know would go to these steps unless there was something really serious. This is not about the inappropriate use of classified material," McFaul noted. "It’s something much bigger."
"We’re talking about someone who is at a senior enough level to have this level of access, who knows the rules and knows they can lose their job or worse," Melber noted.