NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on The Daily Show

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 7:30 am

A “Daily Show” clip with correspondent Jason Jones aired last night on “super spy” Thomas Drake, who worked for the National Security Agency as an analyst until he was ultimately charged as “a spy” under the Espionage Act for blowing the whistle on the NSA. The segment nicely plays up the fact he did not commit espionage and, instead, was a “cost-benefit analysis expert,” who had examined two intelligence gathering programs and decided one was cheaper and would lead to less fraud, waste, abuse and illegalities.

 

Colbert SuperPAC Goes on the Air in South Carolina

By: Saturday January 14, 2012 1:00 pm

Last night, Colbert closed his announcement with the words “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless Citizens United.” Nobody has done more to show how ludicrous our campaign finance system has become. If it leads to a reassessment of the system, his SuperPAC money will have been money well spent.

An Even More Modest Proposal

By: Sunday August 21, 2011 10:00 am

Jonathon Swift went too far in his “A Modest Proposal” (1729) when he proposed the eating of human children as a solution to Ireland’s economic woes and the plight of the hungry poor. If we were looking for a solution to our own economic crisis that might be acceptable to more people, and so better suited to a democracy, wouldn’t it be efficacious to simply let the hungry youngsters starve to death?

Fact Checking Politifact: Wrong About Jon Stewart’s Use of the Word “Misinformed”

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 6:40 am

Politifact often does a good service checking the veracity (or lack thereof) of controversial claims made by public figures. But they seem to have encountered some difficulty fact-checking Jon Stewart’s claim that Fox Viewers are “the most consistently misinformed media viewers.

Getting Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot

By: Sunday June 19, 2011 9:30 am

David Wittman’s (aka DJ Dave) popular video, “Whole Foods Parking Lot,” is a hilarious send-up of some of the apparent moral contradictions of participants in today’s postmodern counter-culture. It’s a counter-culture only in the sense that it has more to do with the checkout counter than it does any challenge to the culture at large. Hell, it is the culture at large.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues

By: Saturday May 21, 2011 1:59 pm

Bill Moyers easily ranks as one of America’s greatest journalists. For decades, he has covered vital stories most others ignored, fearlessly defying orthodoxies and amplifying viewpoints that were excluded in most establishment venues. His coverage of the 2008 financial crisis provided the earliest look at how reckless and criminal was Wall Street’s conduct and how steadfast was the resolve of the subservient political class to shield it from accountability. His commentary on how the media suppresses dissenting views that fall outside of the bipartisan consensus — as exemplified by this recent interview with Tavis Smiley — makes him one of the most astute media critics in the nation. And his 2007 examination of the media’s role in selling the Iraq War — “Buying the War” — was the first and still-best examination of that largely ignored topic.

Daily Show Demonstrates Folly of Ryan’s Deficit Plan on Eve of Obama Speech

By: Wednesday April 13, 2011 6:59 am

As we prepare for today’s speech from Barack Obama on his response to the draconian cuts to social services proposed by Paul Ryan in his deficit reduction plan, it is very informative to watch Jon Stewart’s perfect dismantling of that plan from last night’s Daily Show. Stewart is right to poke fun at the “creepy music” to which Ryan presents his plan that the Washington villagers laud as so bold and decisive, but the real value of Stewart’s piece comes in his demonstration that the exact same amount of deficit reduction can be achieved by ending the Bush tax cuts. There were hints yesterday that Obama might actually suggest ending at least some tax cuts, but it remains to be seen just what kinds of revenue improvements Obama will suggest and, more importantly, how hard Obama will fight for them when it comes time to put his plan through Congress.

What’s Up, Doc? Fuddism.

By: Sunday March 27, 2011 9:30 am

As far as American political and economic life goes, this is the Era of Elmer Fudd. It’s a time when Elmer defeats the irreverent, freedom-loving Bugs Bunny, when the idiot Wile E. Coyote catches up to all those American roadrunners, from Johnny Appleseed to John Muir to Jack Kerouac and the eponymous Roadrunner himself.

Peter King Needs to Be Object Lesson in Our Failed Counter-Terrorism Approach

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 12:20 pm

It is downright inappropriate to have an unapologetic terrorist sympathizer head our Committee on Homeland Security. So long as King maintains his terrorist support was justifiable but that of brown people is somehow different, he stands as a symbol of US hypocrisy on terrorism.

Jon Stewart Turns Over Show to Oft-Neglected Side of the Education Debate

By: Friday March 4, 2011 8:10 am

The typical Bill Gates/Arne Duncan perspective of privatization and union-busting is so prevalent on American television, critics like Ravitch never get an opportunity. She rightly points out that Finland, held up as a model in movies like Waiting for Superman as having the best schools in the world, have no charter schools, offer no standardized testing, and have 100% teacher’s unions. She points out that it’s poverty more than anything which is the greatest indicator of a successful classroom.

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