The great Dennis Perrin on Jon Stewart’s march of moderates for “sanity”:
Maybe I’m missing the satirical angle here, if there is one. When Jon Stewart apologized for calling Harry Truman a war criminal, I initially thought, “Hey! Nice parody of the wimpy, obedient pundit!” Then I realized that Stewart was serious. Had any other global leader ordered nuclear strikes on civilians, I suspect that Stewart wouldn’t be so understanding. But this was an American president — a Democrat no less! How ugly and partisan it would be to question Truman’s action, or worse, satirize it. That is something an insane person would do. And as we know, Jon Stewart is among The Sane.
Again, Stewart could be putting everyone on. I certainly hope so, yet doubt it. You don’t achieve mainstream prominence by calling our terrorist culture by its right name. And you sure as fuck don’t mock it. Stewart knows his place. Just the other night he sat across from a man who oversees a vast network of theft, torture and mass murder. And how did our most celebrated satirist since Mark Twain react? With deference. Respect. Sanity.
I previously took on Stewart myself for ludicrously claiming Obama had “given back so much executive power” since taking office. (Pathetically for Stewart, Bill O’Reilly had to correct him on that.) And earlier I addressed Stewart’s remark that he didn’t care if Obama smoked cigarettes, because “I prefer that to . . . bombing countries. I’ll take a smoker.” (Congratulations, funny guy, we’ve now got a president who ends a rough day of cluster bombing Yemeni civilians with a Marlboro. And he’s so smart!)