Last night we watched the final performance of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After 16 years, he was feeling "restless" and needed a change. I don't fault him for that, although I found him to be inspiring and thought-provoking. Jon is a liberal/progressive, but that never stopped him from satirizing both sides of the aisle and any and all news media that spewed falsehoods and misinformation. His analysis of the newsmakers and givers was nearly always spot-on, and he did it in a more entertaining way that Mr. Trump.
He encouraged his "correspondents" to have their own opinions and develop them, and he encouraged us all to not rely on the 24-hour news cycle for information, but to gather the news from multiple sources and then use our intelligence to interpret it, rather than just swallow our favorite network's point of view. Jon didn't even care if we agreed with him. He just wanted to provoke us into the magical world of thinking.
Last night's show wasn't much of a new satire show as it was a lovefest to Jon's tenure and legacy. He has discovered amazing talent in his 16 years in the chair, and nearly all of them returned to bid farewell. Stephen Colbert had the kindest words to say to his former boss, “You were infuriatingly good at your job.”
Jon did leave us with one final charge: to call "bulls---" if you see it (or smell it, in his words). His speech really summed up his time on the show perfectly. You can read and see the speech here:
UPDATE: Viacom blocked the video on the other website, but you can watch the video on the authorized website here:
I was quite surprised that Comedy Central didn't bleep him. I applaud them for letting his words come unfiltered.
After watching Jon's last show, Steve watched the first part of the GOP presidential debate. I get stomach pains whenever I hear some of those guys talk, so I tried to stay away. As long as Republicans stay focused on social issues like marriage equality and women's health care, as well as claim that tax breaks for the wealthy create jobs, I can never vote for them. But from what I overheard, it was as comical as Jon's last show, although mostly for the wrong reasons.
Have you encountered any bulls--- lately? I will always do my best not to BS you. That's a promise.