On Thursday night’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took the Supreme Court to task for the Justices’ ambivalence about the discriminatory intent behind the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act, highlighting anti-gay testimony from the House floor in 1996. He also called out Justice Scalia’s claim that there is “considerable disagreement among sociologists,” pointing out that there is actually consensus among medical professionals, “whereas on the opposing side, there’s some fucking guy who put out a thoroughly discredited study, or as that’s known on the right, ‘conclusive proof.’”
Stewart had little patience for Justice Alito’s caution that same-sex marriage is “newer than cell phones or the Internet”:
STEWART: We want you to step in and render a decision based on whether it’s right, and fair, and just under the Constitution — having nothing to do with its “newness” and what you think might happen, which, by the way, what do you think might happen? That they’ll discover that letting two ladies get married is going to rip open a hole in the ozone layer? I got news for you, gay marriage will definitely cause less national harm than cell phones or the Internet.
Here’s one thing I’m pretty sure you don’t have to do: you don’t have to beta-test rights. “Black people have only been here 50 years, I mean, let’s see how the Netherlands does with them before we lift the barriers.”
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report returned from hiatus this week, and both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have noted that many significant voices are speaking out for same-sex marriage.
On Wednesday night, Stewart highlighted the many DemocraticSenators who have come out for same-sex marriage over the past week, calling it “a historic shift in public opinion and the most boring gay pride parade float ever.” Stewart then juxtaposed this with Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) comments that he’s not a bigot:
STEWART: Believing that the definition of marriage should be left to the states doesn’t make you a bigot, but believing that those states should define that to be “traditional marriage”… that does actually make you a bigot.
Meanwhile, Colbert was “shaken to the core” by Bill O’Reilly’s admission that he supports same-sex marriage. He highlighted Papa Bear O’Reilly’s past statements comparing same-sex to “plural marriage,” and marriage to turtles, ducks, and goats, demonstrating how a more enlightened understanding of marriage equality erases such silly fears.
On Tuesday night’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart dedicated a segment to a few advances in cultural acceptance for gays and lesbians, notably the potential that the Boy Scouts will soon change their anti-gay policy and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s plan to use the Super Bowl spotlight to advocate for marriage equality. Stewart suggests the gay rights movement is beginning to “enter ares of national life previously thought closed off” and calls out opponents of equality like Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, for claiming to be “respectful” in their condemnation.
Among the many conservative responses to President Obama’s second inaugural address was commentator Pat Buchanan, who appeared on Fox News to decry the President’s inclusion of various social issues. He described the speech as “not uplifting,” “not really poetry,” “pedestrian,” and “deeply partisan” but specifically attacked the reference to the Stonewall Riots:
BUCHANAN: This is a cross between a State of the Union speech with an agenda and a partisan rally given to the DNC. And so, I think, the president lost a real opportunity. Look, they usually talk about what? When I was a kid, Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill. What was he talking about? Stonewall. That’s a barroom brawl in Greenwich Village in 1969, when cops were hassling gays in their bar, and the gays fought back and threw them all out. Does that belong in a presidential inaugural?
Jon Stewart took Buchanan to task on Tuesday night’s The Daily Show, retorting, “For the losing side of history, I’m Pat Buchanan.” Watch it:
Diminishing Stonewall to a “barroom brawl” is the equivalent of referring to Selma as a “street fight” or Seneca Falls as a “spa retreat.” It fails to recognize the historic turning point that Stonewall symbolized, including the launch of forthright activism through groups like the Gay Liberation Front and the first pride march. Given Buchanan’s penchant for attacking any kind of social justice, perhaps he resented the mere suggestion that gays and lesbians have had any kind of struggle for equality whatsoever.
Jon Stewart Takes On Graham, Scalia, And DOMA |
On last night’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart dedicated the entire opening segment to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 challenges. In addition to discussing the history of the two laws, Stewart poked fun at offensive slippery slope arguments advanced this week by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Justice Antonin Scalia. Joking aside, Stewart also pointed out that being gay is not “a whimsical desire for something unconventional,” but a “state of being who you are.” Watch it:
By Hayes Brown and Hamed Aleaziz on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm
Petraeus and Broadwell (Photo: AP)
Former CIA Director David Petraeus’ resignation last Friday has prompted the right to speculate that Petraeus’ abrupt departure was somehow designed by the Obama administration to prevent Petraeus from testifying before Congress on Libya or that the White House held news of the affair over his head to say the attack was sparked by an anti-Islam video.
Fox News’ Eric Bolling provided an example of the logic behind this latter theory:
BOLLING: A lot of people are scratching their heads as to why Gen. Petraeus blamed the ['Innocence of Muslims'] video three days after the September 11th attacks. Two days after he blamed the video, Susan Rice went out there, and since then, subsequent to all of this, we found out that as of day one, the Obama administration, intel community, everyone knew it wasn’t the video. They knew it was a terrorist attack. But why would Gen. Petraeus do it? Was there something being held over his head where they said ‘Hey General, go out there and say video because otherwise we are going to blow this thing wide open.’ That’s one theory.
Both the House and Senate are slated to hold closed-door hearings on the intelligence failures before and during the attack in Benghazi. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) seems to buy the explanation that Petraeus was forced out before he could speak under oath. “It’s so suspicious,” he told Fox’s Sean Hannity last night, adding, “It’s not a coincidence to me. He is probably the one that knows most about what happened or didn’t happen in Benghazi.”
Fox’s Gretchen Carlson piled on this morning on Fox and Friends. “I’m wondering if he did come to testify, and that was under oath, that he would have to stick to that story, that it was the videotape?” she asked.
Watch Fox’s conspiracy-peddling here:
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has already said that there is “no link between Petraeus’ resignation and Benghazi.
And evidence so far indicates that Petraeus turned in his letter of resignation to President Obama of his own free will — on the advice of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — because of an extra-maritial affair rather than anything related to Libya.
A newly uncovered speech by Petraeus’ alleged mistress Paula Broadwell on Oct. 26 also provided ammunition to the conspiracy theorists. In her speech, Broadwell appears to reveal new information about Benghazi, casually mentioning that the CIA had detained several Libyan nationals in the annex that served as its base in the city, possibly prompting the attack that lead to the deaths of four Americans. Such a claim had yet to be reported anywhere in the news media. A CIA spokesperson roundly denied the claim, as it no longer possess detention authority under Executive Order.
Meanwhile, the right is also trotting out another theory that the White House forced Petraeus out to prevent any possible bid by the former general at the presidency in 2016. Fox News analyst Ralph Peters advanced both of theories last night talking to Bill O’Reilly, saying the White House is “lying” about the Petraeus affair because of Benghazi and Obama is trying to prevent Petraeus’ rise to the presidency.
The Daily Show lampooned the right-wing conspiracy theories about Patraeus last night.
Through two presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate, the candidates have faced exactly zero questions about the U.S. housing market, despite the fact that housing has been a weight on the economic recovery. As ThinkProgress noted beforethe debates, there are several pertinent questions that both candidates should be asked about housing policy.
But the only media figure who seems interested in talking about this subject is The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who last night asked President Obama about the underwhelming Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which has fallen far short of its goals:
OBAMA: On housing, right now we could make sure that families whose homes are underwater, where they owe more than their house is worth, if they refinance, typically they’d get $3,000 bucks in their pockets a year. That’s $3,000 they’re spending or $3,000 that they’re putting back into equity in their home. The housing market would helped, employment would be helped. Even Governor Romney’s own adviser says this is a good idea, and yet Governor Romney opposes it.
STEWART: But don’t you have the HAMP program? Wasn’t $50 billion set aside for HAMP and only $5.5 billion of it has been used?
OBAMA: Actually, what’s happened is we’ve got 5 million homes that we’ve seen foreclosure prevented, we’ve got a settlement with the banks that provides another $25 billion to help the housing market.
Romney, meanwhile, has released a housing plan that has no details about the sort of policies he would pursue. The one time Romney addressed housing during the debates, he gave a bizarre diatribe about a regulation defining so-called “qualified mortgages.”
It surely says something about the media landscape and the focus of the debates that it took a comedian to raise this important issue with one of the candidates. (HT: David Dayen)
Jon Stewart: Chick-fil-A Reminds That Social Media Is A Double-Edged Sword |
On last night’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart recapped some of the leftover moments from the Chick-fil-A controversy, namely those featured on social media, which Stewart described as a “double-edged sword.” From senators boasting that they’re eating Chick-fil-A, to a heterosexual guy unnecessarily accosting a Chick-fil-A employee, to one man’s hilariously failed attempt to protest General Mills, social media has captured many missteps on both sides of the issue. Watch the clips:
STEWART: For people who are gay or support gay marriage, I get how seeing thousands of people come out to make this statement is incredibly disheartening, but take solace in this: Gay marriage is happening. Like many drive-through window lanes, it ain’t going backwards. And your bonus is this: You get gay marriage, and all your political opponents are going to get is Type 2 Diabetes. Here’s my prediction: In ten years, America will have a lot more gay marriage and a lot more Chick-fil-A restaurants because they are both quality products.
Watch the segment (in two clips):
Jon Stewart: Boy Scouts And Chick-fil-A Are ‘Holdouts’ Against Equality |
Last night, Jon Stewart dedicated an entire segment of The Daily Show to two groups who have been attacking the LGBT community over the past week: the Boy Scouts of America and Chick-fil-A. Stewart said, “I don’t want to minimize the concerns of the Boy Scouts, but you’re already the gayest organization in America.” As for Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy, Stewart told him, “You’re being such an asshole, not even Boston will tolerate you.” Kudos to Stewart for highlighting Cathy’s worst remarks, as those on the right continue to ignore them. Watch it: