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Oh, Big Hollywood.  Even when you manage to eke out a valid point or two, you have to go and post something immediately that begs a hearty “Physician, heal thyself!”

The post just below this one covers BH’s (largely correct) assertions about Air America.  Namely, the incredible vanity it takes to see something successful from the other side of the aisle, and think that you can just throw together a budget and do the same thing with the policy positions reversed.

Well, Montel Williams ain’t no Rush Limbaugh, and this woman ain’t no Jon Stewart.

I want to set aside the obvious problems here (the horrible canned laughter, the on-the-nose gags, the monotonous set-up/joke/set-up/joke structure).  Because even if they fixed all that, this would still be no Daily Show.

Part of what makes Stewart so successful that he’s willing to take a crack or two at himself, especially when he’s being self-righteous.  He not only defuses the audience this way, he manages to disarm perpetually red-faced people like Bill O’Reilly and Jonah Goldberg.  

He also has a gift for facial expression.  This woman has one: smug.  Even when Jon Stewart is being insufferably smug he still comes across as the good guy.

Which is why you can’t tell Newsbusters, “Fix this, fix that, and you’ve got a hit!”  As with Air America, the only real advice you can offer is “Stop sucking.”

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Written by dieblucasdie

March 27, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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