I'll never forget the time my wife came screaming into our bedroom late at night. I was sound asleep; she usually stayed up later than me watching TV.
“Wake up! Wake up! You made the Daily Show!!” she shouted.
Convinced that the house was either on fire or an army of terrorists was storming our residence, I practically fell out of the bed, wild-eyed.
Thankfully, the huns weren't storming the place. It was, indeed, just a brief video clip of me saying something on Fox News that Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central's popular fake news show, used for a punchline.
My Denise was very excited.
The Daily Show is a cultural phenomenon. Fast-paced, hip, and smart, Jon Stewart hosts a nightly parody of the news, covering current events with his tongue-in-cheek, bemused style that usually skewers conservatives, although he takes a fair amount of shots at libs, too.
While undoubtedly not sharing many of Stewart's political views, I've always appreciated the way he treats conservative guests who appear on the show to hawk a book. He clearly has a liberal bent, but usually treats his guests with respect and courtesy.
This week, the new host of NBC's 'Meet the Press', David Gregory, was a guest. During a conversation about the current conflict in the Middle East between Israel and the terror group Hamas, Stewart said the following:
“Why can't any American politician criticize Israel in any way for their behavior? I'm watching these shows and there's not one person going, Gee, it's kind of complex. Yeah, Hamas is a bad actor and they shouldn't be throwing missiles, but, gosh, the treatment of the Palestinian people for the past 50 years, not so nice, either.”
The audience roared with approval. There's nothing quite like a prominent member of the American media bashing Israel that makes a bunch of liberals any happier.
Welcome to the USA.
One day before I die, I will finally understand why liberals, especially Jewish liberals, fail to fully support Israel in its right to survive terror attacks.
For months, Hamas has lobbed rockets into Southern Israel. Thousands of them, in fact. Israel decided enough was enough, that it was time to do everything possible to stamp out these implementers of terror.
The worldwide condemnation was immediate. The midnight oils burned at the United Nations as documents were prepared and meetings were held to determine ways to demand that Israel stop defending itself.
And even a popular Jewish television personality like Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz) wonders aloud on national TV why politicians aren't allowed to criticize tiny Israel, a place surrounded by an angry, huge Arab world that is hellbent on driving it into the ocean.