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Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
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On the second video, Catholic, Pacifist, Anarcho-Capitalist, Austrian Economist with a Ph.D. in Economics from NYU, and all around Cool Dude Bob Murphy writes, in a post titled, "The Mosque Controversy: I Am in Awe of Jon Stewart,"

Wow, look at what Jon Stewart and his writers did with this piece. Besides blowing up Fox News (and oh man the first clip is embarrassing), he actually admits his own participation in political tribalism in the past. Then he closes with an actually moving homage to Charlton Heston…and then a joke. Perfect.

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Oh this is rich. The

Oh this is rich. The demagoguery of Glenn Beck knows no bounds.

Jon Stewart admits he was

Jon Stewart admits he was wrong, years after the fact and after any damage was done, because it is rhetorically convenient to do so. This earns respect?

Meanwhile, Beck excoriated

Meanwhile, Beck excoriated hourly on MSNBC for supposed insensitivity for having his rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of MLK's speech. Stewart of course know this but doesn't likewise defend Beck.

Not that I would defend Beck's reasoning on the Mosque, the clip is perfectly fair in that respect. Some days he can't think his way out of a paper bag. But perfectly congruent current fallacies are of no interest to Stewart.

Stewart does go after MSNBC

Stewart does go after MSNBC on occasion, though clearly not as often as Fox.

Pfft, the thrust of his

Pfft, the thrust of his treatment of Olberman was loving and he read the insults not to mock Olberman, but to mock his targets.

It's hopelessly naive to construe that as going after MSNBC.

Absolutely. When the facts

Absolutely. When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?

Are you answering my comment?

Are you answering my comment? The indentation seems to follow it, but your answer does not respond.

Yeah, he's saying Stewart

Yeah, he's saying Stewart gets respect for changing his mind when facts change. It's silly because not even Stewart claims any facts changed.

Stewart recognized he was

Stewart recognized he was wrong in the past. That self-observation is itself a fact, though maybe not an empirical fact measurable by outsiders without direct access to Stewart's internal mental states.

Now I need to go re-read Dennett on Consciousness, dammit.

That's tortured: Stewart gets

That's tortured: Stewart gets credit for changing his mind because the facts changed. What facts changed? The fact that he changed his mind.

Full marks.

Yeah, it was a stretch. My

Yeah, it was a stretch. My excuse: I was just trying to use one of my favorite Keynes quotes in conversation.