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January 4, 2014

The Jon Stewart Gambit


Clown nose off / clown nose on.
He wants to be hailed as some kind of courageous truth-teller, but doesn’t want to take any heat for misstatements, misunderstandings, or deliberate offense. So he’ll trial-balloon a “joke,” and if it passes muster he’ll claim this is hard-hitting analysis and brave truth-telling — clown nose off. But if it threatens his bottom line, or he’s caught spewing typical factless liberal spin, he retreats to “hey, it’s a joke! I’m just a tv comedian!” — clown nose on. - - Severian at ye olde House of Eratosthenes

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 4, 2014 9:57 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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A lot of comedians do this. They'll say something horrendous and not funny, then back off and say "hey, I'm just a comedian!" That kind of thing is more forgivable if its funny, but most of the time it isn't even that.

But its more widespread than that. What's the first response when someone is caught saying something awful? "It was just a joke!" As if that makes it okay. As if being jovial negates the hurt and horror of what you said.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 4, 2014 10:37 AM

I stopped watching him before i ever watched him.
Just seems to be Rachael Maddow in a mans suit

Posted by: Kelvin at January 5, 2014 6:30 AM

Back before he was put on the Daily Show, he was pretty funny, because he didn't try to be so political. In fact, before 2002 he was pretty funny ON the daily show, because he wasn't quite so virulently partisan. He went all in leftist around then and never looked back.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 5, 2014 6:50 AM

I have never found anything that Jon Liebowitz has spewed either humorous or funny. As far as I can remember it has always been political [with a inserted caveat when needed].

Same would go {especially} for the other assface over there with a daily show. Is there any wonder why the low information voter is so dominant, look no further than these two.

Posted by: Geo at January 5, 2014 7:17 AM

People do this all the time in the Officespace - adn I am not happy about it either.

Wanna get labeled a 'bad guy' real quick in my little black book? Say "Its a joke! Can't you take a joke?!".

Many times people who play that card use humor interchangeably with everyday policy and for criticizing others (get there point/policy/critique across without the usual crossfire of sincere criticism).

No it was not a joke, and no it was not funny. Taste it, Private Joker.

Posted by: Cond0011 at January 5, 2014 10:17 AM

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