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January 13, 2010

More Important: Stewart Fails to Land a Blow on John Yoo; Apologizes to the Netroots
All of the Late-Night Jokes About the Late-Night Draaaama

Above-the-Main-Post Update: John Stewart wanted to take the clown nose off for "torture author" John Yoo, but wound up being outclassed by him.

So much so that the had to apologize to his nutroots base for failing to be a better partisan hack.

They're crying at the American Prospect.

When Jon Stewart Fails.

There is an unexpected silence in the liberal blogosphere after last night's highly anticipated Daily Show episode, in which Jon Stewart hosted John Yoo, the author of many of the Bush administration's torture memos and one of the people most responsible for giving legal sanction to the practice of torture. That's probably because Stewart found himself completely outmatched by a charming, tactful Yoo who seemed far better prepared to defend granting virtually unlimited powers to the executive branch than ever before. Put simply, Stewart failed to make Yoo look like he had done anything wrong. In fact, he made him look entirely reasonable. Stewart fares slightly better in the extended interview, but on the whole he was visibly out of his weight class.

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Stewart allowed Yoo to maintain the illusion that he was a good faith actor simply doing his job, rather than someone who had deliberately distorted the facts in order to justify the unjustifiable. After being outmaneuvered for nearly 30 minutes, Stewart grudgingly admitted that he was "not very equipped to handle the discussion." It was a sobering reminder that for years, a mostly pliant press has allowed a comedian to do a reporters' job. Yesterday, we were reminded how inadequate a solution that really is.

Waaah.

Thanks to LauraW. and Dahlhalla.

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Like, every single mention and every joke.

If I find a vid that's great I'll note it. Assume they're all standard crap. (Watching: Second clip is decent.)

Via Via Jake Tapper's feed.


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