Stewart vs. O’Reilly vs. the decline of traditional (white) America

In a longish, and much more serious than usual, jeremiad on last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart used Bill O”Reilly’s tirade against the decline of “traditional America” (a barely-coded reference to white America) to contrast with earlier similar laments by the establishment when they feared that America was being taken over by previous groups of outsiders, like the Irish and the Catholics and the Jews. Saith Stewart: Twas ever thus (see below):

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  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 11/16/2012 - 11:03 am.

    The 50’s were a time when the US was the sole industrial super-power, not embarrassed or entangled by those pesky other countries and their rising productivity and striving for self-determination. It was more a unipolar world than a bi-polar world, especially with respect to the good things in life. A tobacco company could unashamedly have a man in a white coat on TV tell you how smoking helps his throat. All messaging was filtered and controlled, and directed to increase the satisfaction of the majority demographic.

    “Turn back the clock” is the desire of the Republican party.

    Their increasing irrelevance rests on the delusion that they, and a majority of voters, want to, can, and WILL do that.

  2. Submitted by Arito Moerair on 11/16/2012 - 11:11 am.


    It was an epic takedown. One of the best things Stewart has done. He just completely dismantled everything O’Reilly was squawking about.

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