Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stewart Talks Tucson

I have a friend (one of the participants in that legendarily long-winded Park51 discussion) who once said of Jon Stewart something along the lines of "he's not as smart as people want him to be."  While I think that's possible and, in fact, probable, I also think Stewart has risen to the forefront and become the Vox Populi for so many not because of his perceived intellectual heft, but rather his perceived intellectual curiosity.  Instead of demagoguing opponents into silence, he's distinguished himself from much of the pundit class precisely because he approaches issues with the desire to learn and the willingness to be educated.  Certainly, that's what made his heartfelt, emotionally raw response to the events of 9/11 so resonant for so many, and it's also why last night's thoughts on the tragic events in Tucson last weekend are so powerful.

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1 comment:

Amira said...

Good comedy is an art form in and of itself, but a tasteful and intelligent comedic reaction in light of such a tragedy is truly praiseworthy.