Given that Stewart's satiric message has always been directed to the mainstream media and their failure to (1) hold the crazies accountable; and (2) raise the level of discourse without lapsing into clichéd "he said-she said" hackery or alarmist stupidity, it's no wonder the MSM has pushed back so hard on his rally yesterday.
A fine example of the dismissive nature of the mainstream coverage appears in today's Herald, courtesy of McClatchy News Service.
Here's the first thing that caught my eye -- dismissing or minimizing the number of people in attendance:
Got it -- "comedians," they just make jokes and throw spitballs.
Would it be that hard, given the context of this event, to at least describe them as the NYT does -- as "political satirists"?
"Tens of thousands" is technically correct yet highly misleading. That makes me think maybe 40 to 50 thousand showed up. For that matter it would be technically correct to say "tens of hundreds."
Yet, although estimates vary, there is no question a fairer description would be "hundreds of thousands."
Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?
Here's the part that really annoyed me: