12 January 2008

Allow me to Hate on the Newly-Resurrected "Daily Show"

So The Daily Show is back. I am thankful; don't get me wrong. But I was watching the 10 January episode (guest: John Zogby), and Stewart was making fun of the arabesque, overly ornate figurative language that the pundits tend to use when talking about the primary season. He was poking fun at the pop culture references that Chris Matthews, Lou Dobb, Bill Bennett, etc. use to describe the Democratic primary--Lawrence of Arabia, Friday the 13th, A Perfect Storm, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and The Abyss.

Jon Stewart is a very smart man, and he has some very smart people writing for him. But the writer's strike has exposed some weaknesses in the show. They show some pundit--with whom I am not familiar--saying of Hillary Clinton: "she is looking into the abyss and the abyss is looking back." Stewart assumes that this talking head is referencing the James Cameron and Ed Harris flick The Abyss.

Except--hard as it may be to believe--the pundit was referencing Friedrich Nietzsche not a 1989 Hollywood project. It's taken from an 1886 book, Beyond Good and Evil: "When you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks at you."

I would have expected Stewart--or at least his staff--to know this. Very disappointing.

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