Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"Where's Osama bin Laden?"

Why was President Pervez Musharraf on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Who suggested to him that would be a good idea? Who is advising him?

In fact, who's advising The Daily Show?

18 Comments:

Anonymous luther said...

So based on your choice of words it seems you don't approve?

1:53 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

SILENCE!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thus far, I can say I'm not all that comfortable with it.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole thing was sort've disconcerting. The president of Pakistan? On Daily show? Is it a comment on the scope of influence Stewart has? Shouldn't the Prez of Pakistan have more pressing matters at hand than a book tour? The whole thing is surreal.

Dana

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Luther said...

I found it somewhat odd that Musharraf was a guest - and I didn't think he was a good fit for the show. Although the daily show has a wide variety of guests, the core of the show is satire, so the guests are usually American or are very familiar with our culture and so can play along with the jokes intermingled with the topic at hand. So a president of a Muslim nation where the Taliban thrive and who came to power via a coup is a very odd choice for a guest given the format of the show. I ditto the comments of "Dana Anonymous" :) that it is quite odd that the sitting president of a country, especially one in turmoil like Pakistan, has time to write books and go on promotional tours while still in office.

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am forced to remain'Anonymous' because for some mysterious reason this blog won't let me use my own name for user. I'll have to ask my mom why she couldn't have given me a bloggable name...but hey, that's the 50's for you.
Dana

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

is quite odd that the sitting president of a country, especially one in turmoil like Pakistan, has time to write books and go on promotional tours while still in office.

He should be promoting Viagra. That's where the real money is!!

7:05 AM  
Anonymous kim jong-il said...

He did right thing and stuck to what he know best - books. I plan promote Viagra, and discuss taipodong missles, when I asked to be on Daily Show!!!

Herro!!! Mr. Stewart?!?! I wait my invitation!!?!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous luther said...

Paste the following URL in your browser to see Joe Scarborough and guests discussing "The Jon Stewart Factor & politics". Has some clips of the Musharraf interview. In the end - they all seem to think it is a good thing.

http://video.msn.com/v/us/v.htm?g=9E76AFB1-7166-49FA-8CC8-7EA562081336&t=c150&f=06/64&p=Source_Scarborough_Country>1=8506

3:26 PM  
Anonymous kathy said...

did you see the interview, though? I dunno, I thought it was interesting. Jon Stewart is surprisingly good with serious guests, and Musharraf was surprisingly good with the few little jokes that got slipped in.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I did see part of the interview from this link, and I thought it was funny. Jon Stewart was charming.

But I still think it's weird and a little creepy that a non-democratically elected leader--even though he's our ally in the WOT--is doing the comedy talk show circuit, and the comedy talk show circuit appears to be delighted.

And this also speaks to my unspoken argument that Jon Stewart wants to be part of the political conversation, even though, when people point out to him hey, you're part of the political conversation, (ala Tucker Carlson) he replies, no, I'm not--I'm just a comedien.

Luther, your link required me to download software, which I have yet to do.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous kathy said...

it is a good point that maybe the DS shouldn't have allowed a military dictator on. Still--it WAS interesting political conversation, and it was treated quite seriously for the most part.

I don't think (could be misremembering) that JS has ever denied being part of the political conversation. LOADS of comedians are that; it's a long & ancient tradition of which the Daily Show is certainly a part (although their main strength _specifically_ is media criticism/satire, in my opinion).

I think what he denies, and denied to Tucker Carlson, was being a _journalist_--and he is not a journalist. A journalist should be held to WAY different standards than a satirist/comedian/ media critic, at least I think so.

And a blog commenter should be held to the lowst standards of all!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some time back Stewart was on CNN. He was the guest in NY with an audience of journalists. They were asking him his take on Bush, the media biases, the election, etc. As I recall he had lots to say about news reporting, while never referring to himself as one. The best comment he made was how amazed he was that the average 18-35 year old male reported The Daily Show as their primary source of "news".

Dana

8:24 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I think what he denies, and denied to Tucker Carlson, was being a _journalist_--and he is not a journalist.

Oh! Well, you're probably right. I'm probably mis-remembering. I'm glad it was a good interview. I'm sorry I missed the whole thing.

And a blog commenter should be held to the lowst standards of all!

You're funny! Reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon -- Guy at his desk writing "Dear Diary, Sorry to bother you again."

Dear Comments Section, I have an opinion, but it's probably not very good or interesting -- just ignore it if you like ...

It took me forever to post in a comments section and it took me twice that to open my own for that same reason! But look how much fun we're having.

The best comment he made was how amazed he was that the average 18-35 year old male reported The Daily Show as their primary source of "news".

It is amazing. I wonder if he feels any responsibility to be in any way journalistic (what the heck does that mean?) because of it.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous annie said...

Snottiness alert!

Kathy wrote: don't think (could be misremembering) that JS has ever denied being part of the political conversation. LOADS of comedians are that; it's a long & ancient tradition of which the Daily Show is certainly a part

Annie responds: Except as to the actual "Ancients" about whom I admit I am largely ignorant, I don't think there is a long & ancient tradition of comedians being a part of SERIOUS political conversations. (make sure to check out my website)

6:25 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

Luther Casey is confused as to who the "little orphan" is calling "snotty". Luther Casey didn't think Kathy's comments were snotty - Luther Casey found Kathy's comments very valid.

Wow this must be a record for the number of responses to a given topic on this blog site!!!

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

Bob Dole says: way to go, grasshopper Luther!

2:04 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Annie is referring to herself with the "snottiness" remark, which she's certainly not being. She's just full of good humored snark.

But her remark gives me pause to think about Kathy's again ...nah, I got nothin'.

You guys are hilarious with your websites!

6:58 AM  

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