The Daily Show 10/3/12

By Tori Kronz,
Race in the campaign, Colbert and Rand Paul

The Oct. 3, 2012 episode of the Daily Show looked at race issues concerning the presidential campaign, Jon Stewart’s upcoming debate with Bill O’Reilly and Rand Paul’s new book.

The first segment of the episode was concerned with the video from 2008 that conservative news has been concerned with. In this video, President Obama is discussing which parts of the country need help, such as helping minority businesses. Jon Stewart said FOX News is treating this video like Obama is trying to rile people up along racial lines. Stewart points out that, first of all, this video is four years old and was reported on at the time and second, President George W. Bush said basically the same thing after Hurricane Katrina. Stewart then brings on Wyatt Cenac, Jessica Williams and Larry Wilmore to discuss the issue. They quickly convince Stewart that, as a white man, he cannot really moderate the discussion. They conclude that reactions like this make them more depressed than angry and make some interesting points with amusing commentary.

The second segment was basically an advertisement, an amusing advertisement, for Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly’s debate on Saturday. Stewart decides he needs to train and tries to think of someone he knows like O’Reilly. Stephen Colbert then comes out being carried by two muscular men in tight, patriotic, spandex pants. Colbert proceeds to teach Stewart to debate. This part is rather funny, but also depressing since Colbert’s aggressive tactics are what is often used, but is not the ideal for a debate. Either way, I am always excited to see Stewart and Colbert on screen together.

The guest for this episode is Rand Paul. He is mainly on the show to promote his book, Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds. They also discuss the debate and why Paul thinks that Mitt Romney is going to win. The majority of the interview is actually spent discussing the book, though. The highlights of the book discussion is that the book is about unintended consequences of well-meaning government actions and how regulations are holding back the economy.

As usual, I enjoyed the episode but was not amazingly enthusiastic about it. I enjoyed the main segments, but the interview was kind of dull. I will admit to looking forward to after the election when they will finally be done with election coverage. I think this election may be a bit more tiresome than others and I am eagerly awaiting more of the absurd coverage the show usually does (like when they covered the town outlawing Satan).

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