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Daily Show skewers right wing hypocrisy following Palin nomination
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Thursday September 4, 2008


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So here's a news flash: political talking heads will say whatever they need to advance the case for their candidate and disparage the opposing candidate -- if the sky needs to be green for John McCain to get elected, Karl Rove will go on Fox News preaching to anyone who will listen about the emerald hue above.

Naturally, this should come as no surprise. But the rank hypocrisy on display over the last few weeks has been so blatant -- as conservatives backtrack from months of harping against inexperience, claims of misogyny and the evils of teen pregnancy in the wake of Sarah Palin becoming their vice presidential nominee -- that Daily Show host Jon Stewart couldn't resist a package lampooning the doublespeak Wednesday night.

First up was Rove, an analyst Stewart described as having "a head like a lump of unbaked bread dough," who appeared recently on Fox News praising Palin for her experience "as the mayor of, I think, the second largest city in Alaska" before becoming governor of the state.

Palin served six years as mayor of Wasilla, which has an estimated population around 9,000. That would make it at least the state's fourth largest city, behind Anchorage, estimated population 280,000, along with Juneau and Fairbanks, each of which have around 30,000 residents.

"Karl Rove is very impressed with Sarah Palin's experience as mayor of a city with 9,000 people in," Stewart mused. "I'm sure he was equally impressed when Tim Kaine -- former mayor of Richmond, population 200,000, former lieutenant governor of Virginia and now current Virginia governor -- was on Barack Obama's vice presidential short list."

The Daily Show goes to a clip to prove wrong that ever so sensible observation, where Rove describes Richmond as "mayor of the 105th largest city in America" -- one wonders where Wasilla falls on that particular list -- and claims an Obama/Kaine ticket would be evidence of "an intensely political choice." When confronted with this very shift earlier in the week, Rove did his best to dance around his admission that McCain's choice had been just as political.

"Karl Rove appears bitterly divided on the experience issue," Stewart mocked.

Next up was Bill O'Reilly, the scion of shouting-head TV never afraid to tell the viewer exactly what he thinks. The Fox News host adopted a rare empathetic tone in a recent segment that broached the touchy subject on Palin's pregnant, unwed 17-year-old daughter in a recent segment.

"As long as society doesn't have to support the mother, father or baby, it is a personal matter," O'Reilly said, condemning those who would "judge" Palin's family.

"Yes, Papa Bear," Stewart said. "Teen pregnancy is an issue for which judgement is personal and must be withheld."

Wouldn't you know it though, that when the pregnant teen is related to a pop star and not a GOP candidate, O'Reilly is more than ready to cast all the judgment he wants.

"Here the blame falls primarily on the parents," O'Reilly says regarding Britney Spears's sister's pregnancy, declaring them "incredible pinheads."

Stewart moves on to Dick Morris, the former Clinton White House aide turned right-wing hack who is now oh so concerned about the sexism directed at Palin, while dismissing similar misogynistic complaints from Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"Now, in Dick Morris's defense, he is a lying sack of shit," Stewart says, "McCain '08!"

This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast September 3, 2008.




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