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Dana Stevens column at Slate reports on Jon Stewart's contentious appearance on Nightline with Ted Koppel during the DNC. She sees it as a battle between two different realities.

"From the start, Koppel made no secret of his distaste for Stewart's show: 'A lot of television viewers--more, quite frankly, than I am comfortable with--get their news from ... The Daily Show.' His first challenge to Stewart: 'You say that [the Democratic Convention] is like a product launch.' 'Not like a product launch--it is a product launch,' Stewart replied, and proceeded to outline his take on Kerry's nomination as the result of a year-long process of corporate branding: 'John Kerry: now with lemon!' A pretty standard line of argument for those of Stewart's generation, reconciled as we are to our postmodern condition as the constant targets of marketing and spin, but to Koppel, it must have sounded like the sheerest nihilism. As the interview proceeded, it became clear what a gulf lay between Stewart's and Koppel's views of the world, and it was heartbreaking to watch, like eavesdropping on your cool brother and your nice uncle as they pursue some hopeless ideological argument over Thanksgiving dinner."

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  • At 12:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If I had a billion dollars I'd start a new 24-hour news channel with Jon Stewart and maybe Kurt Loder as the prime-time anchorfolk.


  • At 2:53 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Oh goody -- how about adding:

    Henry Rollins
    Jello Biafra and Richard Belzer co-hosting a conspiracy show?
    Janeane Garofalo
    Barbara Ehrenreich...


    My dream pol network. Happy sigh. Who else?

  • At 9:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Surely we could give Chomsky an hour a week for a feature.

    And Jim Hightower should probably get a spot too.

    And Michael Parenti.

    Mr. McLaren.

    (p.s. after last night's skewering of the "rapid response" dude, I am confirmed in my thought that I would switch teams for Jon S.)


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