'The Daily Show' recap - 2/14/13

By Tori Kronz ,
The Middle East and Ambassador Susan Rice

In the February 15, 2013 episode of The Daily Show, discussed problems in the Middle East and the guest was Ambassador Susan Rice.

The episode began with Jon Stewart reporting on a cruise ship stalled in the ocean with many of the passengers sick. CNN is apparently being ridiculous and doing around the clock updates on the cruise ship. They even “visually reconnected” a woman with her daughter on the ship.

Stewart then moved on to discussing issues in the Middle East. He did a couple small stories, including on about Arab leaders leaving a plane via an escalator, before throwing to John Oliver’s segment. Oliver is interviewing Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu about how to improve the United States’ relationship with the Middle East. The first issue they discussed was terrorists and Isanoglu told Oliver that killing terrorists is not the way to stop them. Isanoglu said that this practice only creates ten more for every one killed. They also discussed drones and Isanoglu view of them as killing innocent people, their negative legal issues and privacy issues. Oliver then brought out a peace pillow so both of them could tell the other complaints about their culture. Oliver began, but when Ihsanoglu was talking Oliver wished to interject and had to get out a second pillow. Oliver attempted to talk over Ihsanoglu. Finally, Ihsanoglu said that the one thing the United States should do is solve the Palistinina issue.

The guest for this episode was Ambassador Susan Rice. They spent the interview talking about the aftermath of the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi. Rice maintained that she presented the information she was given. The information was slightly wrong at the time and it was fixed when the new information was available. Stewart and Rice discussed the different people who had to vet the information before Rice could present it.

Rice told Stewart that too much information was paid to this information and not enough to what happened in Benghazi. Stewart agreed, but asked if that was because the bureaucracy is set up to focus on the politics and not the actual problem. Rice disagreed and said everyone was doing the best they could.

The whole episode is best described as “blah." Oliver’s segment did not seem to go anywhere. Rice’s interview was also difficult to watch. Rice and Stewart had no chemistry and she was very closed off throughout it.

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