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Jon Stewart, on Bill Moyers' show last night, proving why comedians are smarter than pundits:

At that point, politicians didn't know how to handle the media. So Nixon could say, I look fine. I don't need make-up. These lights won't make me sweat. I'm sure I'll come off as calm and collected and eloquent.

And then, as he was sweating and looked you know maniacal, he ended up losing. Well, at this point-- so at that point television was ahead of the game. Politicians have caught up. They understand that 24-hour news networks? They don't have time for journalism. They only have time for reporting. They only have time to be handed things and go, this is what I've just been handed by the administration. And they read it.

So now that the administration knows that, and they're very disciplined, they can manipulate what goes on the air and what sets the agenda. And-- and that's what they do.

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I caught Jon Stewart on NOW last night. I reconsidered my personal boycott of AT&T broadband *spit* for a few mins.

shechemist @ 07/14/2003 10:08 AM CST


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