Often Jon Stewart gets it right.
Last night he got it very right. Unlike every other news outlet in the country, he declined to mention Jeremiah Wright on his show—at all. But when the subject was brought up (not broached by Stewart) in his interview with Newt Gingrich, he politely pointed out the utter hypocrisy of the media’s fixation with Barack Obama’s former paster.
“I’m really stunned that his pastor has become a focal point of the campaign.”
If Barack Obama loses this nomination fair and square, fine. But if he loses it because of the Jeremiah Wright issue, the American media is entirely complicit.
As I posted yesterday, I’m aghast at the Shakespearean nature of what Wright did at the National Press Club because of what it says about his own narcissism and his disregard for Obama’s campaign for the presidency.
But the destructive nature of what is going on in the American news media with the obsessive pawing over the Wright matter to the exclusion of EVERY OTHER ISSUE is nothing short of tragic.
No matter whom you favor for President, every one of us loses when serious dialogue goes out the window, as it has in this campaign.
PS: BTW, what Stewart did report on (hilariously) is the vexing and counter-factual committee hearings that took place in Congress yesterday regarding sex education.