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.
The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter
President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.
One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.
State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."
The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.
Tongue-tied GOP strategist crashes and burns on-air while trying to deny Trump’s racism
Republican strategist Amy Tarkanian crashed and burned on CNN on Saturday while attempting to deny President Donald Trump's racism.
"I do not believe that the president’s tweets were racist. I do believe they were not well thought out. He needs that extra, 'Are you sure?' button on Twitter," Tarkanian argued.
"I'm a black man, I'm a Republican and a black man," the Rev. Joe Watkins interjected. "My mother's an immigrant, I would be angry if someone said that to my mother."
"Oh, it’s very offensive. But he did not say, because you are this color, go back to where you came from," Tarkanian argued. "I’m not supporting that tweet. Was it racist? No. Was it stupid? Yes."
Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’
CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.
The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.
"How is it racist?" she asked.
"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"
She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.
"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.