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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, August 27, 2004

    The news has never been this funny (because it isn't) 

    Politics can be a laugh a minute. OK, let's revise that. If your news program is
    Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, it better be a laugh every five seconds. That's TV hyper-pace and its demand if you want to take up space on the couch next to Stewart.

    When Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry appeared on The Daily Show, the first presidential candidate to do so, he received less than warm reviews from some of Ohioblog's colleagues.

    Dana Stevens, surfergirl blogger, concluded that ``Kerry's charisma was less than zero: It was negative,'' that ``he was a dessicated husk, a tin man who really didn't have a heart'' and that ``his utter dearth of sex appeal made Al Gore look like Charo.''

    The Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web blogger, James Taranto, didn't appreciate what is becoming a Kerry trademark -- the exit salute. Taranto

    says Stevens' take on his departure from Stewart's show -- ``Lieutenant Kerry, your first order is to stop saluting the audience. It makes you look like a total tool'' -- is too mild.

    Ohioblog's colleagues are hyperventilating. Kerry did OK. Not great, but OK. He ``don't'' talk as funny as ol' W. But on what other news show would Kerry have exposed what presidential candidates can expect to happen to them in the men's restroom?

    The really funny thing about a presidential candidate appearing on The Daily Show with a self-described ``fake journalist'' is that many people will take it more seriously than they do real journalism.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 5:56 PM

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