Jon Stewart the Lone Fan of Health Huddle
Since when is he less cynical than the networks?
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 6:49 AM CST
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(Newser) – He wasn't kidding. Jon Stewart is about the only person on TV who didn't slam the health summit yesterday. While most networks dismissed the talks as political theater, Stewart said on The Daily Show the summit revealed "issues where there was great agreement on health care on both the Democrat and Republican side and room for negotiation."

Obviously "there was grandstanding and some posturing," he acknowledged, doing a long play-by-play breakout of the day's highlights. "But there were some really substantive points made here." Stewart ripped the media for being too dismissive of the summit, presenting a string of video clips of negative commentary on the talks that ended with Wolf Blitzer asking a CNN panel how they would score the talks if they were an Olympic event. Stewart's response: "I would disqualify YOU for sucking."

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Fatquah
Feb 26, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Jon loves him some Bami meat.
alkaseltzersammich
Feb 26, 2010 3:18 PM CST
Why is the most reasonable person in news a comedian that works for Comedy Central. Sometimes I watch CNN, MSNBC, and FOX and just shake my head at how inept they are at times. I was hoping to get some serious discussion of the finer points from the health summitt, but they just dismissed it as political fluff when there were some serious ideas from both sides that were presented. This is why I just ended up watching CSPAN for the entire thing.
GlennH
Feb 26, 2010 2:56 PM CST
It's not surprising the mainstream media, particularly Fox "news," would find the health summit boring. They understand that pompous fools ranting about the evils of the "other side" are much more entertaining and profitable ratings-wise than thoughtful people seriously discussing important issues.