Sunday, May 3, 2009

I like Jon Stewart

I really do.

I find his dry humor quite appealing. For a comedian who tackles the absurdities of politics, on both sides of the aisle, with wit and insight, Stewart has earned my respect as well as my laughter. I don’t always agree with him, but I like his style. Most of the time.

Recently, Stewart accused President Truman of being a war criminal for dropping the bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki; however, while he did not elaborate on why, he later admitted he was wrong.

Unlike the legion of leftists who insist that radio personality Rush Limbaugh is a de facto leader of conservatism, I can vehemently disagree with the dreadful ideology held (at least partially) by Stewart that allowed him to initially make that mistake and still acknowledge and appreciate his appeal and cultural influence as an entertainer. In other words, I can let the dirty bathwater drain while keeping my clean baby warm and dry.

My support of Stewart should in no way imply that I don’t think that ideas, even presented through entertainment, are unimportant - they are of supreme importance.

That is why if you are unclear on the details leading up to the decision to drop the atomic bombs, you should watch this brief (at 17 minutes it’s brief in efficiently tackling such a large subject), but excellent refutation of Stewart’s lob. The link will take you to the conservative website, Pajamas Media TV, but don’t let that dissuade you from availing yourself of the information.

Insofar as all liberals are not mindless, unwashed socialists, all conservatives are not mindless, religious bigots. True, there is mindlessness on both sides, and that is what we should each strive to overcome. Stewart often does so while making me laugh and I appreciate his efforts.


Amy said...

Totally agree with you on Jon Stewart. He's brilliant, and does a great job of skewering idiocy. 95% of the time, that means attacking conservatives, but hey, they deserve it! When he goes too far in his leftist rage, I just stop watching for a while.

Lynne said...

I started writing the post before I even knew he had apologized for his mistake. It just made me like him more.