The same man who succeeded in convincing CNN to cancel "Crossfire" in 2004 because its squabbles were "hurting the country" felt the need to sermonize about overdoing caricatures of our political opponents on television. This raises the question: Does this man watch his own show?
"The country's 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder," Stewart proclaimed in his address. "The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous flaming ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."
Simply put, Stewart is lecturing the media not to behave like ... Stewart.
Stewart routinely shreds his own "sanity" talking points on his Comedy Central show. On May 12, he denounced Rush Limbaugh as a "quivering rage heap" with no humanity but only the remains of a "superfund cleanup site that was his soul." He was so upset Limbaugh would mock the first lady's Twitter-hashtag activism for kidnapped girls in Nigeria, he suggested the response: "F--kYouRush."
"If we amply everything, we hear nothing."
His "Rally to Restore Sanity" co-host was Stephen Colbert. Well, the other night over on "The Colbert Report," the heir to David Letterman's "Late Show" on CBS came to Hillary Clinton's defense by lowering himself to calling Karl Rove "s--t for brains." Comedy Central ain't Comity Central.
On April 8, Stewart attacked us: "Brent Bozell of the conservative Media Research bull (bleep), I mean Center" reported that Univision relentlessly campaigns for Latinos to sign up for Obamacare -- so the White House can claim it's a political achievement that can never be repealed and replaced. Stewart claimed this network was doing the work of the angels, utterly nonpolitical and nonpartisan: "Bastardos! How dare a cable network use its reach to help the audience comply with the law."
Like most comedians, Stewart will wildly exaggerate others for a laugh. That's fine -- to a point. Stewart regularly crosses that line. Then he delivers speeches on the Washington Mall claiming to be against what he does every night for a living.