Earlier this month, David Rutz, writing for the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, published a blog post crowing about proof that former Daily Show host Jon Stewart is a “shameless Obama propagandist,” despite Stewart’s denial of this accusation.
For instance, the Free Beacon cited the two occasions where Stewart visited Obama at the White House and noted Stewart’s agreement with the President regarding the Affordable Care Act. They also referenced the deal with Iran preventing that country from gaining thermonuclear arms, and retail arts and craft chain Hobby Lobby’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act on the grounds that the law in question mandates that insurance companies require that patients be given access to emergency contraception pills.
Much ado was also made about Stewart’s glee over Obama’s criticism toward Bill O’Reilly in 2014, in which the President had pointed out that the Fox host and noted humorless, bigoted sorehead frequently promoted alarmist hyperbole about the administration and its policies.
However, Jon Stewart has been vocally critical of President Obama and his administration numerous times since Obama took office in January 2009. For instance, in June 2012, he criticized Operation Fast and Furious, in which the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed licensed weapons dealers to illegal straw buyers in the interest of tracking and apprehending Mexican drug cartel leaders, which culminated in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Within the same segment, Stewart took Obama to his task for his decision to invoke executive privilege over the Justice Department’s documents related to the scandal surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, which Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) be released, being that as a Senator during the George W. Bush administration, Obama criticized that same President for his own use of executive privilege, urging Bush to “come clean” about the controversial dismissal of seven U.S. attorneys in December 2006.
Stewart was also mightily displeased with Obama over the 2014 Veterans Health Administration scandal, in which numerous Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the United States manipulated their waiting lists to cover up long delays in treating military veterans, resulting in 35 veterans dying whilst waiting for care.
He also scoffed at Obama’s inconsistencies in regard to the NSA’s decision to spy on private citizens.
There was also that time Jon Stewart was disappointed in both President Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder for their conspicuous absence from a rally in France in response to the massacre at the Paris offices of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which several prominent French cartoonists were shot and killed by Al Qaeda terrorists.
And that time he was not pleased with Obama’s failure to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay when he said he would.
While Rutz noted Stewart’s criticism of Obama, he agreed with New York Times writer Gerard Alexander’s assertion that Stewart was mocking liberals’ tactics and implementation but not their underlying assumptions or ideas,” even though Stewart more or less asserted that he did not agree with the NSA conducting surveillance on private citizens on Obama’s watch.
Of course, the conservatives, whose entire rhetoric and system of values is predicated on being willfully, belligerently ignorant and narrow-minded enough to look through a keyhole with both eyes, tend to split the world into black and white. Therefore, never once would they take into account that Jon Stewart admired Obama so much that he was compelled to bring it to Obama’s attention that he believed the latter was fucking up and letting down his own side. It is not unprecedented for such a thing to happen between friends.
That being said, between the fact that Obama’s presidency is in its twilight and that Jon Stewart is no longer hosting The Daily Show, I fail to see the point in any sort of pissing and moaning about Stewart being an “Obama propagandist.” Moreover, considering that in Obama’s sixth year as president, he reduced unemployment down to 6.1 percent, fully one percent lower than what Reagan achieved at the same point during his administration and has reduced the deficit from $1.4 trillion to $680 billion by 2013, these right-wing blockheads don’t know how good they have it.
Jon Stewart never was an Obama propagandist, or an anybody propagandist. Here we have a guy who has so much respect for the office of President of the United States that he is compelled to publicly hold the person sitting in that office accountable for his policy decisions. With that in mind, the United States needs more people like Jon Stewart.
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