|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Wedding of the Decade of the Century of the Millennium|
Every late summer, public officials and news makers disappear from public life and go on vacation, making it hard for the news media to find interesting stories to cover. So how does the respected cultural commentator Jon Stewart deal with the seasonal dearth of interesting news items? Mock the cable news media’s efforts to fill 24 hours of live coverage, especially when there is nothing to report. Like the recent wedding of Chelsea Clinton in Rhinebeck, NY, or as Stewart called it, the event that “set the record for most amount of media gaining the least amount of information.”Glad someone had to guts to say what many were probably thinking.
Perhaps the best illustration of the news media’s futile attempt to impart any real information (but stubborn effort to outlast the lack of info to report) was Fox News’ Courtney Friel. Stewart cut together a series of brief reports filed from outside the event, none of which held any real news, and when cut together, yeah they seemed funny.
After showing another montage illustrating various estimates on the cost of the wedding, Stewart summed up by saying “you can criticize the media for spending more time and attention on the Chelsea Clinton’s wedding than on the Wikileaks-Afghanistan story, the 9/11 responder insurance funding vote, and how the tax cuts effect the deficit combined, but when they do combine their forces their ability to get facts is awesome. Honestly where are the numbers coming from really?”