Michael TV shows can beat it. Really they can, they have crappy ratings. I guess Donald can kiss his new reality pitch goodbye. In case you forgot it was: Michael Molested Who? Anyway, SNL had good ratings on Sunday night. Over 12 million watched to it and it only got 24th.
Here's a good article on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Am I Google-bombing or what? My letter goes out today.
Attacking The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Quick, someone, call the guards!
Cornell students have gotten lucky. Jon Stewart will perform a second show. That's called high demand!
Jon Stewart has agreed to put on a second show March 4, giving at least 5,000 more people a chance to see the acclaimed host of The Daily Show, according to a Jon Bellante '06, chair of the Cornell University Programming Board (CUPB).What does Howard Dean thing of Jon Stewart? Let's go take a peak and find out:
"People your age get most of their news from the internet or from the Jon Stewart Daily Show. I actually think that the truth is probably [that] Jon Stewart's the greatest newsperson in America right now," Dean said. "Anyone see the CNN report, Crossfire? ... Shouting at people does not pass for civil discourse and it's bad for the country. What Stewart does and the reason I think he has such incredible credibility with people your age who have a very low B.S. tolerance, which I think is also a welcome improvement...is he just lays it out and he doesn't care and he's not particularly partisan. He just likes to puncture people's hot air balloons in politics and there's a lot of it."Howard, you got it all wrong, okay, minor wrong. It's called The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last I read.
Casting a sitcom is no joke. Should I aim for a talk show on Comedy Central then and have Jon Stewart produce it?
Are our students learning? A review of America explains:
Throughout the book’s nine chapters, Stewart satirizes not only American democracy, but also the way the nation’s schools teach about government. The book is presented in textbook fashion – each main chapter has numerous sidebars, charts, graphs, discussion questions, and classroom activities. These textbook elements spoof not just the idealistic picture of how government works, but also the textbook genre, with its superficial coverage of the democratic process that stresses knowing names and dates rather than a deep understanding of fundamental concepts of American democracy.Nepotism is wrong and President Bush, who admitted to doing weed speaking to Doug Wead, should know it: "Bush's uncle, who serves on the board of a U.S. defense contractor with over $100 million in business in Iraq, recently cashed in on some of that lucrative work, a government filing showed on Wednesday."
To lampoon the collection of miscellaneous facts and trivia that all too often passes as history instruction, Stewart writes that the founders named the document they wrote, "the Constitution, after Hamilton’s mother." (p. 28) He makes fun of classroom activities that keep students busy without tackling the complexity of issues. One mock classroom activity, for example, tells the reader: "Have fun with the gerrymander! On the right are five congressional districts in rural Texas that have experienced a sudden upswing in minority population. Using only three straight lines, can you re-draw the boundaries to consolidate white power in four of the five districts? If you can, please contact the office of Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX)." (p. 79)
Like much satire, America (The Book) will be funniest for people who know something about American politics. The gerrymander exercise is funny on its own, for example, but the joke is richer for those who are aware of Delay’s meddling in Texas redistricting.
Atrios, er Duncan, gives advice for new bloggers. I admit I'd like to be linked there.