The Daily Show on October 6th   Leave a comment

The Daily Show on October 6th examines the news that Sarah Palin is not running for president in 2012.  The daily show examines that she has been “a crazy person” for driving around in her bus this whole time.  The Daily Show then shows clips of Sarah Palin’s bus tour showing up at political rallies of other GOP candidates to claim that Sarah Palin was effectively trying to steal the show.  The Daily Show also is in possession of a letter from Sarah PAC that says that the recipients should give money to the PAC just in case Sarah Palin decides to run for President.   The Daily Show then shows that Sarah PAC is Sarah Palin’s own money bag in which she has already distributed money for her own purposes.  Examples of used money are for her bus graphics, lodging around the country, and money given to her parents for card mailing.   What the Daily Show then claims is that this PAC scheme would be shady if Sarah Palin knew she wasn’t going to run for President but still “dangled” her choice out there for the Presidency until the very end.  The Daily Show then shows a clip of Bristol Palin saying her mom knew what her choice for running for the Presidency was as early as June 28th.   After this video the Daily Shows cuts to a scene of John Stewart just sitting on his desk with a knowing look into the camera in which he follows this look with a tone of disgust for Palin’s lack of candidacy.   The Daily Show then moves from Sarah Palin to Herman Cain and his attempt to be interviewed as much as possible.  Herman Cain’s main blunder for the Daily Show’s purposes is when he says “I don’t have the facts to back this up”.  John Stewart than analyzes the rhetoric behind his statement by saying “you still expect the media to demand that you back your claims with facts”?  This comment allows John Stewart to move away from Herman Cain, who as shown has already done damage to himself, and lets Stewart than claim that the media does not care about facts anymore but rather just reports the claims of the candidates alone.  Stewart then moves on to say that the media “doesn’t give a shit”.   Stewart then goes back to the topic of Herman Cain with one clip that says that no one should be scapegoated if a person fails it’s that persons own fault if they do not succeed.  After this quote the Daily Show moves to another quote in which Herman Cain is blaming “the liberals that have taken over the government”.   In which John Stewart responds “but you just said don’t blame anyone”.  The Daily Show easily analyzes the rhetoric used by both Palin and Cain to allow show the political icons to shoot themselves in the foot.  John Stewart does this well by saying some outlandish quote with the subtitles #IDontHaveFactsToBackThisUP.

I believe Jones’ claims about the Daily Show analyzing news more than most news outlets is true.   Most news outlets are just reporting the claims propogated by Political icons while the Daily Show has continued to analyze the rhetoric that is followed by these icon’s claims.  Some people believe that this is not fair due to the fact that the Daily Show uses clips that are taken out of context from the candidates.  Yet I counter that the multitude of clips shown by the Daily Show allow the viewer to receive a sense of context of the situation.   Overall even though the Daily Show is attempting to make fun of “real news” the show still delivers good reporting of news through analyzing rhetoric even for comedic purposes.


Posted October 16, 2011 by blakematthys in Uncategorized

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