Tag: False equivalence
(Update: Well, the video has been taken down. Here's the link to a copy.)
Bill Maher nails it on the ridiculous, insulting and just plain wrong assertion by the dynamic duo of comedy that there is any kind of equivalence between the extreme rhetoric and behavior of the "right" (er wrong) and the left.
No, Jon, there is no equivalence on the left to what has been going on during the past couple of years. None. This is not about young v old viewers. Many of the older people I know love Jon Stewart as much as younger people do. So do I. But Jon has, as Keith Olbermann said, jumped a small shark in his claim of false equivalence.
Let's face it, most of us like good comedy. And I have often enjoyed The Daily Show or the rich satire in The Colbert Report. However, I am afraid that the so-called "Rally to Restore Sanity" was part of the problem. Indeed Stewart himself told Terry Gross that " So it's not - you know, people have said it's a rally to counter Glenn Beck." Many rally goers went specifically to rejoinder Glenn Beck.
Yet, the comedians want them and you to believe that both sides of the political aisle are equally wrong and equally to blame for what is wrong in America. That would be laughable if it were not so utterly untrue, unfair, and even manipulative. And it could only be suggested by those who purport to be aloof and "better than" those who have worked for decades to make this country a better place WITHIN partisan politics. Yet there is Stewart pretending to be above the fray, to be better than those standing up to the assaults, abuse and --let's admit it--downright un-American behavior coming from even supposed mainstream Republicans this season.