Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Why I Love Jon Stewart

I hate the news.

I admit, I'm not well versed when it comes to the treacherous waters of politics. I consider myself reasonably intelligent (despite my best college-hazed efforts) and have a base understanding of many of the issues facing our country today, and a respectable grasp on our nation's history. But I just can't find the energy to watch CNN or FOX News to dissect this memorandum or that candidate's pandering on every single issue. The Health Care Reform Bill, Foreign Policy, Legalizing Marijuana - all of it frustrates me, not because I don't care, but, basically, because of the politics. The endless squabble over, what to me, is common sense. Perhaps ignorance truly is bliss.

But as an adult, a mother, a wife, an American, I have a responsibility of awareness and participation. So where do I turn for my news? Every media source has its own spin - catch phrases like "Liberal Elite" and "Socialist Reform" saturate every broadcast, and I'm just smart enough to know that I don't know enough to trust the sources.

Enter Jon Stewart to save the day.

Now, aside from the fact that he's a handsome, charming Jewish boy, the man is freaking hilarious. The wry humor he imparts during his broadcast is side-splitting at times - making the news much less bitter to swallow. But the real genius in the Daily Show is its honesty, and ability to laugh at itself. Coupled with Stewart's bottomless wealth of knowledge, historical and current, I find the show thought provoking and insightful. I don't necessarily agree with everything he has to say, but I take many of the same stands politically, and can appreciate that rather than dumb down the news, or assume that the masses are sheep to be herded, Stewart caters to an audience of intelligence.

Even for those who are violently opposed to his politics, you have to appreciate the honesty and humility in his reporting.

And of course, his sweet dance moves...

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