Yes, the Daily Show (and the Colbert Report) are satiric oracles for liberals, and anyone between the ages of 17 and 35. Jon Stewart has impressive abilities of analysis, searing social critique (see the smack down of CNN’s Crossfire), and humor. But neoconservatives, fear not! Apparently, Stewart has found an unlikely fan base.
From New York Magazine:
Back in April, when the debate over torture was roaring, Jon Stewart invited Cliff May, a national-security hawk and former spokesman for the Republican Party, to come on The Daily Showand defend waterboarding. May was hesitant. He thought Stewart would paint him as a crazy extremist. …
But May had a change of heart after soliciting advice from his friend Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard….Kristol proved to be right. Stewart’s interview of May — a crackling, lengthy debate about where to draw the line between freedom and security — produced one of the most clarifying discussions about torture on television. “Literally, this is the best conversation I’ve had on this subject anywhere,” May told Stewart.
“There is genuine intellectual curiosity,” May told New York. “He’s a staunch liberal, but he’s a thoughtful liberal, and I respect that.” May isn’t the only conservative gushing about Stewart.
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