Jon Stewart makes horrible point

Since Jon Stewart was caught claiming Fox News viewers were stupid, even though polling indicates the opposite, he’s apparently attempted to defend himself by pointing out that Fox News has more recorded untruths on Politifact than he does.  I think he thought that was a good point.  It is not.  Why?  Here's a partial list.

1)      Fox News airs around 84 times the programming as Jon Stewart does. Fox News is a network.  Not a half hour, four days a week show—they should make more errors.  Plus, Stewart spends half of his time interviewing people like Ricky Gervais and Cameron Diaz.  Unless he gets the date of a movie release wrong, I’m not sure how he’d make an error there.

2)   Jon Stewart’s show is taped. It's not live.  With a few exceptions, Fox is airing live programming with no net.  When they make a mistake its out there.  If Stewart makes a mistake, he can edit it out.  Though, I don't know why he'd bother, because...

3) Jon Stewart's show doesn’t seem to be regularly fact checked by Politifact. Or anyone else.  Why would it be?  If they went through his shows with a fine toothed comb like they do Fox News, they’d surely find errors too.  But, why would they bother?  Who cares if Jon Stewart makes an error?  He’s doing a comedy show.  Greg Gutfeld does a comedy show and has zero errors on Politifact.  Does that mean he’s more accurate than Stewart?  (He is, but for completely different reasons.)

4)  The Daily Show is largely a scripted show, which means they have time to fact check it in advance.  When someone like Glenn or O'Reilly do actually make a mistake, it's usually when talking off the top of their heads, trying to remember the details of something they had read previously.  Jon Stewart never has to do that, because he's just reading his material.   Remember, after commercials, The Daily Show is doing about 22 minutes of programming per day, four days a week.  For that task, this is a portion of their writing staff.

(By the way, nice diversity...did you learn from Keith Olbermann?)

(Or maybe, it was the White House Correspondents Dinner.)

5) Politifact sometimes does really awful work. That doesn’t mean they don’t do some really great work too.  But, are they seriously still standing by this?  Reason magazine points out this one. And, if you have a month to waste, go through this list and find out how many times you can call BS on their Truth-o-Meter.

6)    Politifact has a fairly obvious liberal bent. They are not exclusively liberal.  They will tell the truth about false claims by liberals.  But to say a government health care takeover is the biggest lie of the year is insultingly stupid.  The government tells you what must be covered in your plan, requires you to participate, gives you maximums on what you spend, fines you if you’re not covered, decides which treatments are acceptable, forces justification of rate increases, subsidizes the cost of the plans, and forces insurance companies to cover people they don’t want to cover—and that's just a handful of the 2,700 pages of Obamacare.  It might not be Canada, and no—Nancy Pelosi isn’t literally doing the surgery.  But, 83 million people were on some form of government health insurance BEFORE Obamacare.  Where will we be at the end of this?

I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons that Stewart's complaint was idiotic, but I'm getting bored.  You get the point.  When you think about a guy doing a scripted, taped, ideologically aligned comedy show, four days a week, for a half hour--it's amazing he could ever be caught in a error by Politifact.  But, he did.  What's amazing is that Stewart is so blindly revered by the media, his insanely flawed "Oh yeah, they lie more than me" can pass for anything other than pathetic.

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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(Part One) . (Part Two). (Part Three).

Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.

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After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.

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Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."

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There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.

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Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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