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.
Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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