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Squishy Interview

Well, I was wrong. Or maybe I just set my expectations too high.

Jon Stewart’s interview with Margaret Spellings on last night’s Daily Show was pretty soft and not all that funny.

His best line was when he told Spellings that she was “only active member of our government, in terms of the executive branch, who’s not allergic to me”.

The Secretary’s most honest response came when Stewart offered her god-like powers over education and asked if she would smite the teacher’s unions. Nothing verbal but the expression on her face said it all (watch for lightning bolts, AFT!).

Her answers to the actual questions about education issues, however, were the same vague talking points she and W have been spouting for as long as anyone can remember.

While I’ve come to expect better from Daily Show interviews and correspondent segments, I need to remember that they are not journalists.

Journalists are paid to research issues and then ask politicians like Spellings pointed questions. Jon Stewart is paid to make me laugh.

At least he earns his money.

jon stewart, margaret spellings, daily show


  1. Jenny

    I had higher hopes for that interview as well. Thanks for the reminder that I watch it to laugh, not to learn.

  2. Miguel Guhlin

    Considering that lots of folks just spout edu-babble (myself included), I’m delighted that someone can entertain with it. In the end, I find those entertaining experiences worth more than the enduring understandings that may result.

    Miguel Guhlin
    Around the Corner-MGuhlin.net

  3. pissedoffteacher

    I saw the show and share your sentiments exactly.

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