In the awesome video below, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, rips the media for manufacturing the very idea of “speechgate.” In case you haven’t heard about speechgate yet, it all revolves around President Obama moving a speech on jobs from Wednesday night to Thursday night because a Republican debate was already scheduled for Wednesday. Pretty small detail, right? Wait until you see how some members of the media ran with it in the video below, and then watch Stewart tear them apart like only he can.
Thank you Jon Stewart. Thank you for reminding us what really matters and what really doesn’t. President Barack Obama rescheduling a speech directed at both houses of Congress to Thursday instead of Wednesday because of the big Republican debate already scheduled, for example, is not a big deal. It’s not to say that the address to Congress about jobs isn’t important – but moving it 24 hours later so it won’t conflict with a Republican debate is NOT a big deal.
Still, many news networks have turned the rescheduled speech into a debacle on Obama’s part, saying he "caved in" by changing his schedule. Somewhere along the line, the whole fiasco was dubbed "Speechgate," which really caught Jon Stewart’s attention – as evidenced by his reaction (in the Jon Stewart Hulu video below) to the media manufacturing the conflict and coming up with the absurd term speechgate.
Jon Stewart proves that the White House Press Corps prefer style over substance 72 percent of the time!
"Are you f*cking insane?" he asks quizzically in the video after showing a clip to his audience of CNN's Wolf Blitzer discussing whether or not Obama "lost" by moving his speech. Along with footage of hosts and correspondents from various television networks discussing the same sort of made-up conspiracy in the White House, we also see a drowning number of reporters asking White House Press Secretary Jay Carney questions about the schedule "conflict" – 23 in fact, in comparison to just nine about the actual content of the speech itself. That’s a whopping 72 percent of questions centered around ‘style,’ as Stewart brilliantly points out in the video.
If you need any more proof of the media’s preference for drama over substance, check out the whole video from The Daily Show below. Way to go Jon.
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