Stewart: Hannity applies Wile E. Coyote theory of gravity to economics
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday September 19, 2008

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When Fox News announced that Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's second-ever interview would be with its own Sean Hannity, promising that "no topic is off limits" many were skeptical that the interview would involve any serious questioning.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, however, presented himself as willing to take Fox at its word. "No holds barred! Anything goes!" he cheered. "Let's start with the economy! Sean, pin her down!"

"Has Senator Obama been using what happend on Wall Street this week ... for political gain?" Hannity asked Palin. "Is there a danger if a presidential candidate is saying to the world, that America's situation, economic crisis, is the worst we've seen in decades. ... Is there a danger in terms of the world's hearing that?"

"Sarah," said Stewart mockingly, "answer this for me. Shouldn't we be lying to the world?" He then suggested, "Apparently, for Sean Hannity the greatest danger of being in an economic freefall -- is acknowledging it. It's the Wile E. Coyote theory of gravity applied to economics."

Hannity then suggested to Palin, "Senator Barack Obama yesterday was attacking Senator McCain for saying that the fundamentals of the economy are strong."

"It was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Senator McCain chose to use," Palin responded. "He means our workforce. He means the ingenuity of the American people. ... That was an unfair attack there, again, based on verbiage that John McCain used."

"Yah, Sean, I think on this election, Sean," said Stewart, imitating Palin's mispronunciation of "verbiage" and tangled diction, "the candidates, what they say, their verbage, um, I think that should be off limits. You know that what we say, you know, or you should know, Sean, we don't mean it."

Stewart then returned to the interview and showed Hannity asking, "Why does everyone benefit if the rich pays less -- or if everybody pays less -- in taxes? Why is that good for the economy?"

"I shouldn't have been watching this interview so late at night," commented Stewart, "because this interview began to blend in with this other hard-hitting interview that I was watching on another channel."

He then interspersed clips of Hannity with an informercial for a book called Debt Cures, which featured almost identical expressions of "that's a good question," "it's ridiculous," and "thank you so much."

This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast September 18, 2008.

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