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Stewart and Colbert push opposition to Syrian strike

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Check out Jon Stewart’s skewering humor in Groundhog Deja [email protected]#k (above). Stewart returned to the Daily Show from his 12-week summer hiatus with engines in full sneering throttle over US plans to invade Syria.

Tinseltown’s entertainment journos might be at a loss as to dealing with Stewart’s return. After lauding John Oliver’s “great job” filling in for his boss this summer Entertainment Weekly squirmishly referenced Stewart’s opening episode as a “marked shift” in tone and “marked contrast” between Oliver’s departing episode. Deadline Hollywood reviewing Jon Stewart Returns calls him A Darker Faux Newsman:

The comicturned-fake news show faux-anchor returned from Jordan, where he spent a good chunk of the summer directing his first feature film, showing telltale signs of a comic who has been through a life-changing experience and feels he should be doing something more serious.

After an opening taped bit in which his summer substitute John Oliver discovered how changed Stewart is, and tried in vain to get back the old Jon — instead turning him into Moses, Freddie Mercury, Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, and Hitler — Stephen Colbert is brought in and, for script purposes, successfully exorcised Stewart, so The Daily Show could start.

Check out Sir Archibald Mapsalot III carve up the Middle East:

In the Colbert Report segment “Cris-Ish in Syri-Eh,” Stephen Colbert calls Obama a pussy and notes that the public’s enthusiasm for another war is “going over like a turd falafel” given that only 29% of Americans want the U.S. to attack Syria.

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For the perfect send off, A Moment of Zen.

(Hat tip Karen Platt)

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  1. Citizen on September 5, 2013, 1:01 pm

    “… public’s enthusiasm for another war is ”going over like a turd falafel”

    LOL. Senators are pretty keen on Obama’s new war, but of course they don’t have to answer to the public every couple of years like the House reps do. From the reps so far, seems their mail is overwhelmingly against a strike on Syria. Kucinich types and Ron Paul types need to partner to stop a third war over there–it’s now or never.

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  3. Kathleen on September 5, 2013, 2:17 pm

    Annie, Phil, Adam. Hillary Mann Leverett was on MSNBC’s Up this weekend to talk about Syria. Hey finally she made it onto Msnbc. Now if one of the host on prime time evening would have she or Flynt on. Been working on Chris Matthews since I met and talked with him at the Libby trial in D.C.

    A great post up about this over at Going to Tehran. Hillary knocks her argument out of the park with facts. Heather Hulbert can not even look over at Hillary. Hillary’s passion for the truth and facts might burn her.

  4. Kathleen on September 5, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Stewart nails it. He looked honestly pissed off. Wish he would have Hillary and Flynt Mann Leverett on to discuss these issues.

    Ever notice that when a map of Israel/Palestine is shown on the MSM never show the illegal settlements. Nope nope nope can not show what has really happened

  5. John Douglas on September 5, 2013, 2:48 pm

    What’s with MSNBC? On MSNBC today Alex Wagner interviewed Ron Paul who eviscerated the bomb-Syria arguments. She moved on to why Paul is speaking before a Canadian Catholic group that has made anti-Semitic statements. Next came a segment about Florida’s Ted Yoho who recently came out against bombing Syria. No mention of that. The segment, with the aid of a headline “Yoho the Yahoo”, dealt with Yoho as a Birther. Finally the topic turns to the NRA joining the ACLU in the suit against the NSA domestic spying. But wait, that’s not the topic. The issue is NRA hypocrisy because it already keeps lists of gun owners. While I have little time for Paul’s social policy or Birthers or the NRA, Wagner’s job as a newswoman sems to be to parry at all cost any criticism of Obama’s actions.

  6. piotr on September 5, 2013, 2:48 pm

    I wonder if the bit about playing poker on Iphone was clear. Of course, one can google “poker Iphone debate”.

    • Walid on September 5, 2013, 3:17 pm

      The CBS camera was right behind him and got a clear shot.

    • Taxi on September 5, 2013, 4:34 pm

      “poker Iphone debate”

      Yeah I saw that. Un-effing-believable! What a bloodless twerp, that John McCain.

  7. eGuard on September 5, 2013, 7:21 pm

    The core is that Jon Stewart made an anti-Iran movie. “In the Middle East”.

  8. James Canning on September 5, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Jon Stewart lacerates John McCain. Not to be missed.

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