The Daily Show’s Evolution Schmevolution.

I’m watching the Daily Show’s Evolution Schmevolution special report and it’s already off to a good start. I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole week’s worth of shows. Very few programs can present a good honest look at a subject and make it funny as hell at the same time. Good stuff.

20 thoughts on “The Daily Show’s Evolution Schmevolution.

  1. All it did was remind me how much funny is being wasted by the Daily Show while Jon Stewart continues to Blame Bush For Everything. The endless parade of manufactured outrage is not funny. Sure, his self-selected stuido audience hoots and hollers in approval but why alienate 53% of the electorate? There’s so much else out there to mock.

  2. Actually Stewart doesn’t blame Bush for everything. I was quite impressed, for example, when he took the time last night to show the fact that the Governor of Louisiana was being a hypocrite.

    Surprisingly enough, The Daily Show is actually one of the more balanced news sources out there in my opinion. Enough so that any number of Republican figures who have been criticized on the show in the past have still made guest appearances. Actually improved their images in my eyes a bit in doing so to boot.

  3. Like Howard Stern, *everyone* (whether Left, Right, Centre) is a potential and fair target by John Stewart and staff.

  4. You can see the whole episode of Monday night’s show (broken into 4-5 clips) as streaming video from the Comedy Central website.  If you missed last night’s episode I *highly* recommend watching it online before tonight’s episode.  The introduction to the topic given by John Stewart is simply wonderful.

    All it did was remind me how much funny is being wasted by the Daily Show while Jon Stewart continues to Blame Bush For Everything.

    You obviously don’t watch the show very much.  True, Bush is often a target of Stewart’s jabs, but he goes after Democrats other targets as well.  When CNN chided Fox News for becoming the “Natalee Holloway” channel, Steward showed a montage of useless stories that CNN had covered in the past. 

    I find that the “Blame Bush for Everything” mantra is used by those who blindly support Bush and view any criticism of the administration as invalid a priori.

    The endless parade of manufactured outrage is not funny. Sure, his self-selected stuido audience hoots and hollers in approval but why alienate 53% of the electorate? There’s so much else out there to mock.

    Self-selected audience???  Ah…. you must have been accidently thinking about Bush instead of Steward.  Anyone can get a ticket to view a taping of The Daily Show.  Anyone 18 years of age or older.  They do not prescreen you and remove those with political views they dislike.  Bush, on the other hand, will only talk in public if he is in front of a pre-selected audience.  His “Town Hall” discussions were a joke – a fact that Stewart pointed out by alternating clips between a Bush “public” discussion, and an actual public discussion that Tony Blair gave in England.  The softball questions the President was asked *were* a joke compared to the serious questions Blair was asked. 

    I agree with Les.  John Stewart is quick to point out hypocrisy of *anyone*, regardless of their political affiliation, and last night he pointed out that the Democratic Congresswoman from Louisiana was playing the same game the Bush Administration was, deflecting criticism by pointing the finger at other people, then stating on a morning news program that it is “not the time for finger-pointing”.

  5. I’ve been disappointed by this week.  I think this is definitely Jon Stewart’s most biased series of shows.  That doesn’t come from my disagreement with evolution, but how poorly the intelligent design side was represented.  Stewart was very biased against them.  I thought the only unbiased clip during the entire week was the panel he had.  It was all funny nonetheless, but I was disappointed how he kept less to facts than usual when he is going after the politicians and media.  He showed some facts from evolution, but only rhetoric from the ID side.  This week deteriorated the daily show into propaganda.

  6. Jon Stewart and his writers deserve their emmys for sure. As for the right wing nuts who are bitching about Jon “blaming Bush for everything”—he’s holding Bush and his administration responsible for their fuck ups, you retards. That’s how it works in reality.  They tear into absolutely everyone and everything. Bill Mahar is the show with the bias.  Or you mixing up the two?
    Vonnegut was on Bill Mahar recently.  Was he also on The Daily Show?
    Keep ‘em straight everyone.
    Vonnegut was pure genius on Real Time w/ Bill Mahar.  But then, the man is brilliant….

  7. Actually, ID is such a powerful theory, that Scientific American has even recently given up presenting Evolution entirely (link).

    Quote from the article:
    Moreover, we shamefully mistreated the Intelligent Design (ID) theorists by lumping them in with creationists. Creationists believe that God designed all life, and that’s a somewhat religious idea. But ID theorists think that at unspecified times some unnamed superpowerful entity designed life, or maybe just some species, or maybe just some of the stuff in cells. That’s what makes ID a superior scientific theory: it doesn’t get bogged down in details.

    Enjoy!

  8. My bad… sorry! I just saw the Daily Show with Vonnegut tonight.  He’s making the rounds, huh?  I was dying when he was saying he wanted to say something good about Bush—that Bush isn’t the stupidest guy in the federal government. Hee hee hee!
    Then said Secretary of Defense is….

    I’m glad they’re doing the series on evolution etc…
    People get their panties in such a wad if you believe in science more than Jeebus.

  9. Originally posted by KPatrickGlover:
    That would be because there are no facts on the ID side…….

    How they represented the ID argument was nothing like how the ID representative on the panel represented it.  Why did they have to talk about the South Carolina Christian Exodus thing?  That has nothing to do with ID.  They only did that as an indirect ad hominem on those who aren’t evolutionists.  If Stewart were balanced he would have exposed the Haeckel’s embryos fraud in the same episode because that would have been just as embarassing and unrelated to the evolution side of the argument.  The whole week was an unusually unfair look at the whole picture of the debate and should have been below the abilities of those on the Daily Show.

  10. Hi, Les.

    Yes, I know it was an April Fool’s joke.  It was one of the better ones I saw this year!  It also shows the frustration that is growing in the scientific community with the pseudoscience that local school boards are trying to push through into classrooms.

  11. If Stewart were balanced he would have exposed the Haeckel’s embryos fraud in the same episode because that would have been just as embarassing and unrelated to the evolution side of the argument.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the old argument about Haeckel’s Embryos, in 1874 a scientist named Ernst Haeckel used faked drawings of developing embryos to support his theory that the development of an embryo goes through the complete evolutionary history of that organism.  ID advocates use the argument that if Haeckel’s Embryo drawings were faked, evolution must be wrong.  Since modern evolutionary theory doesn’t rely on Haeckel’s drawings, accurate or not, it is simply a “bait-and-switch” argument.

  12. This is one of the most ignorant group of people I have ever seen.

    WTF is wrong with you people.

    That is a good line to ask yourself, starting with the 3rd world web designer that made this site.

  13. Dan doesn’t know where Michigan is!

    clue: NOT in any third world anything (althought some may disagree)

    Ooooooo. Lame insults. Bee oh oh, aitch oh oh.

  14. This is one of the most ignorant group of people I have ever seen.

    Why do you say that?  Is it because we understand that evolution is a well-supported theory and is the foundation of modern biology?  Or because we understand that the Bible is nothing more than a collection of moral stories that attempt to teach (sometimes poorly) lessons to the masses?

    I am a scientist.  I dedicate my life to studying the Universe and the complex mechanisms contained within.  I, like many people, understand that Intelligent Design is simply a poor attempt for the insecure to try to find scientific justification their beliefs.

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