This, unfortunately, is endemic of Hollywood. The same folks Stewart believes are unbiased with regard to their news agenda -- people like Les Moonves at CBS -- have actually considered using Stewart as their nightly news anchor. Hollywood entertainment folks pretend that they are not politically motivated for public consumption, but in private, they will admit that they enjoy using their entertainment to promote their own political point of view. Stewart's boss, Herzog -- an executive who is charged with raising stockholder value -- says that he believes that "through the medium of television, we try to make the world a slightly better place." By "better," Herzog means leftist. So does Stewart.
Stewart is a liar because he pretends that he cannot be both a comedian and a political propagandist. He can be both, because Hollywood is full of people who are both. There is no question that his audience of trained seals see him for what he is: a master of liberal hackery, unwilling to attack President Obama harshly or to call out journalistic malfeasance from the left. That is why when he once dared to make a joke about President Obama, the audience didn't laugh. "You know, you're allowed to laugh at him," a grumpy Stewart chided. How would they know that? After all, Stewart hasn't trained them to laugh at everyone -- he's trained them to laugh at his political enemies.
At the end of his interview with Wallace, Stewart claimed that "there is not a designed ideological agenda on my part to affect partisan change." It may not be designed, but it is an agenda. And Stewart is an expert at pushing it while pretending to be an honest comedian rather than a comedic propagandist.
Ben Shapiro, 27, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the three-time bestselling author of the upcoming book "Primetime Propaganda," and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" on 810 AM in Orlando, FL. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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