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Thursday, September 02, 2004


I haven't been watching the Repug convention, but I just watched the Daily Show from last night and tonight. I hadn't seen any of Zell Miller's speech, but YIKES!!! The guy is seriously nuts. John Kerry wants to take the world's largest military, by far, and make it bigger, and Miller is asking "What is John Kerry going to defend America with? Spitballs?" MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Miller if he really thought Kerry would defend America with spitballs. Miller said "That's a metaphor. Don't you know what a metaphor is?" Then he basically challenged Matthews to a duel. A total nutcase, and a disgrace to both parties.

Miller's tyrade is available online, as a transcript, or for those with really strong stomachs, a video. The Daily Show picked up on this line: "Nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators," and quickly played two clips of Bush calling American troops occupiers. Miller got at least one fact wrong--he says "Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers." Zell seems to have forgotten that MacArthur was commanding the troops in Korea, and that Eisenhower worked for a cease fire in Korea as quickly as he could after becoming president. I thought that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were the worst America had to offer, but I'm not sure anymore after having been through Zell.

Jon Stewart had John McCain on as his guest right after the Miller segment. McCain just shook his head and diplomatically said things like "it was interesting," obviously deploring the rhetoric that Miller and Cheney had used.

I've heard people say that the Daily Show is the best news on TV, and now that I've started TiVo'ing it, I'd have to agree (although I hardly ever watch any TV news). All the stuff that you wish the press would do, especially pointing out contradictions and hypocrisy, the Daily Show does, well, daily.