The Daily Show and Fox News. They probably don't fit easily into the same compartment inside your brain compartment area. Obviously, one is a laugh-out-loud hilarious take on the world around us, and the other is a show that comes on Comedy Central Mondays through Thursdays at 11/10c. (This.)
But they actually have more in common than you might think. At least, according to Jon Stewart in an interview he recently did with Rolling Stone…
"We are both reactions to the news and to government," he says. "We're both expressions of dissatisfaction. [Roger Ailes'], I think, happens to be a slightly more powerful version [laughs.]… Ailes was a strategist for Nixon. He comes from the seat of power, and he understands how important the narrative is. We come from comedy, so our natural instinct is not to understand that, and to be bratty. That goes a long way towards explaining the difference between the two organizations."
And they're both run by people who are pretty unhappy with the way Barack Obama has been governing the country. Though, for what I imagine are pretty different reasons…
Obama has been a disappointment to Stewart. "He ran on this idea that the system and the methodology are corrupt," he says. "It felt like the country was upset enough that he had the momentum needed to re-evaluate how business is done. Instead, when he got elected, he acted as though the system is so entrenched that it has to be managed rather than — I don't want to say decimated, because I'm not an anarchist or a nihilist. But I'm surprised at how much he deferred to the legislative process."
The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.
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