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In the category of Shooting Dead Fish in a Barrel, Jon Stewart utterly demolished CNN on last night's "The Daily Show." No surpirse - CNN had one of the worst afternoons in its long history, reporting a "scoop" that a suspect had been arrested in the Boston Marathon bombing case when, in fact, there was no arrest, as various authorities stated, even as CNN was saying there was.
If you watched CNN, it was indeed ugly - John King reporting that this was as solid as it gets, until it all slowly unravelled. King and CNN later tried to cover up the gaff, by slowing removing screen supers, and then talking about how it was attempting to correlate all that was known...until it all fell apart, utterly.
But Stewart - unfairly in my opinion - doesn't mention that Fox News Channel - which didn't even bother to cover President Obama's emotional Rose Garden speech following the collapse of his proposed gun bill in the Senate - also reported in no uncertain terms that an arrest had been made. Fox held to line until it no longer could, but the Twittersphere completely ignored its gaff, instead focusing its fury on CNN. AP had also reported an arrest.
Too bad - there was plenty of blame to go around, while NBC News' Pete Williams and CBS News got it right....
It's not often you hear Jon Stewart say to anyone that he or she has "inspired my belief in humanity" but he was moved to offer such a tribute last night to Boston...Stewart was off Monday night and returned to "The Daily Show" Tuesday. Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert, also back last night, had a tribute too. The clips...
Well, what now "(Get to) the Point"? That's CNN's new 10 p.m. show that just wrapped a week of tryouts Thursday night, and the reason I ask is that I'm hearing the show won't return next week, at least not at 10. Would that be in response to the body slam it took Thursday night on "The Daily Show"? Hard to say, but my own brief sampling suggests that a.) It's not nearly as bad...Read more »
And welcome to my third and final theory in the ongoing TV Zone series, "Why is NBC messing with Jay Leno . . . again?!" Previous theories explored obvious terrain — that Fox is causing trouble again, that David Letterman may retire, that someone else is making a pitch for Jimmy Fallon.
This third and final theory considers this possibility: Jon Stewart.
Admittedly, this...Read more »
Jon Stewart is taking a break from "The Daily Show" — and not to lie on a beach. Comedy Central has announced that he'll take off the entire summer to direct a film.
His hiatus was earlier reported in The New York Times, which quoted Stewart as saying,
"I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m....Read more »