Eric Golub at Breitbart’s BIG Hollywood has a great article today on the foibles and fuzzy logic that is Jon Stewart:
Jon Stewart had his CW moment when debating the absolutely brilliant Cliff May. I know Cliff personally. He is no partisan hack. He is a serious policy analyst with expertise in matters of national security. People who attend his lectures are better off for it.
Cliff May debated Jon Stewart on torture, and the only thing that was definitely tortured was Stewart trying to keep up. Cliff May did not use coercive interrogation methods on Jon Stewart, but he certainly put him in an uncomfortable stress position. Stewart was twisted into a pretzel by the time the debate was done.
May asked Stewart if Harry Truman was a war criminal for bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Stewart hemmed, hawed, and fumbled his words. For a man who lambasted President George W. Bush for malaprops and syntax fracturing, Stewart sure looked like the pot calling the kettle African-American. In fact, he looked like President Obama without a teleprompter.
He eventually blurted out that, yes, Harry Truman was a war criminal.
Then came the backlash from the millions of people that understand that America is about Jimmy Stewart, not Jon Stewart.
Jon Stewart then apologized on a later show. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to apologize after a backlash occurs. After all, free speech is not free. Just ask Dr. Laura. Jon Stewart may have come to understand that some of his sponsors do business with Middle America.
Yet, this is about something deeper. Why does Jon Stewart give latitude to Harry Truman while skewering George W. Bush?
Because ideological bigotry requires that liberals and Democrats be exalted while Republicans and conservatives are skewered. Actual issues are irrelevant.
And that’s just the wind-up. The actual discussion of Stewart’s frank right-hatred is awesome to behold:
So if Harry Truman was right, then George W. Bush cannot be a war criminal.
Jon Stewart knows this. To deny this is to be intellectually dishonest, or as I say in my Tygrrrr Express dictionary, “a liberal.”
Jon Stewart once remarked that when George W. Bush was right about something, “My head may explode.” Well, feel free to spontaneously combust, Mr. Stewart. George W. Bush got the biggest thing right that he was asked to do. Jon Stewart has his right to free speech because George W. Bush protected and defended that right.
Yet Jon Stewart allowed fear of being called a hypocrite to overrule common sense. He then realized that nobody has a right to earn tons of money from “free” speech. Jon Stewart was not protecting free speech. He was protecting very expensive, highly paid speech. It is at that moment that he decided to “apologize” and defend his bottom (left) flank.
He had the courage of his “convictions,” which was to defend his rumpus from financial harm. Real courage would be Jon Stewart offering an apology to George W. Bush while he is still alive to hear it.