Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Jon Stewart Pitches US Hypocrisy in ‘Freedom Packages’ Infomercial" (with video)

MEDIAite, with video (06:52) from Comedy Central:
After a week off during which significant portions of the world suddenly became the contents of a hellbound handbasket, The Daily Show returned Monday night to launch its own satirical bombardment of US foreign policy. Jon Stewart and John Oliver staged an infomercial-style sales pitch for a variety of “Freedom Packages,” and while the bit was about as subtle as a leopard-print Snuggie®, it was well-executed and Ginsu-sharp. MORE...
Howie P.S.: Once again, in the U.S. the best political commentary comes from the comedians. If you prefer serious punditry, Glenn Greenwald points us to Eugene Robinson:
Gaddafi is crazy and evil; obviously, he wasn’t going to listen to our advice about democracy. The world would be fortunate to be rid of him. But war in Libya is justifiable only if we are going to hold compliant dictators to the same standard we set for defiant ones. If not, then please spare us all the homilies about universal rights and freedoms. We’ll know this isn’t about justice, it’s about power.

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