July 16, 2004
Talking Points: "They're True Because They're Said A Lot"
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Last night John Stewart, who I have been thinking has gotten wimpy since the birth of his kid, did one of his most kick-ass shows ever. To the delight of his studio audience he showed how Republican Party "talking points" turn into mass media brain-washing as GOP stooge after stooge makes his (and her) way onto mass media outlets to reepeat, WORD FOR WORD, whatever the Stalinist GOP churns out. Stewart did it brilliantly on TV in a couple of minutes. David Brock's latest book, THE REPUBLICAN NOISE MACHINE, does it definitively and thoroughly, and in a literate society, would be another nail in the coffin of the Far Right. But, alas...
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Thursday, July 15, 2004 – Jon Stewart – The Daily Show - Comedy Central
Talking Points: Keeping up with current events
Jon Stewart: "It’s not easy keeping up with current events. As soon as you catch up, more happens. That’s where conventional wisdom fits in. Conventional wisdom is the agreed upon understanding of an event or person. John Kerry is a flip flopper. George Bush has sincere heartland values and is stupid. What matters is not that the designation be true just that it be agreed upon by the media so that no further thought has to be put into it. So how is conventional wisdom arrived at? For instance, let’s take the example of the addition of John Edwards to the Democratic ticket. I don’t know how to feel about that. I don’t know what it means. Here’s how I will."
CNN: "This is 28 pages from the Republican National Committee. It says, ‘Who is Edwards? It starts off by saying a disingenuous, unaccomplished liberal.’ We also saw from the Bush-Cheney camp they released talking points to their supporters."
Jon Stewart: "Talking points. That’s how we learn things. But how will I absorb a talking point like ‘Edwards and Kerry are out of the mainstream’ unless I get it jack hammered into my skull? That’s where television lends a hand."
News: "He stands way out of the main stream."
Jon Stewart: I’m getting a feeling. I think, I think they’re out of the main stream. But, what if I wonder why?
– Frank Donatelli: "…two of the foremost liberal senators of the
Jon Stewart: Wow! Those guys are liberals!! In fact, if I didn’t know better, I’d say they’re the first and fourth most liberal in the whole Senate. Wow! And while we don’t have any idea what that means and where those rankings come from and how they were arrived at or whether it’s even true, I don’t like the sounds of it. And it’s certainly not something for the media to question. As a matter of fact, I would imagine people like that, liberal and out of the main stream, hang out in some pretty extreme places.
– This Week – Lindsey Graham: "…talking about the hatefest."
Jon Stewart: "Yeah. See, out of the main stream, liberals, and hatefest. Keeping up with current events is easier than you thing. Talking points – they’re true because they’re said a lot."
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