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Today’s fun video: What would Reagan do about Ukraine shootdown?

 

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart skewers talking head news types who compare Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan's response to the Soviet shoot-down of a jetliner without checking the facts. 

Today’s fun video: Stewart weighs in on AZ cattle standoff

 

The Daily Show was off during the height of the standoff between Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management. Last night, Jon Stewart made up for lost time.

There are two clips on the segment, although you'll have to wait through a commercial at the start of each one.

Today’s fun video: Racist or not?

 

 

The Daily Show plays the Racist or Not Racist game.

Today’s fun video: Skewering the Obamacare website

 

The Daily Show asks the question of the week, which is how can the federal health care web site be so messed up?

Today’s fun video: Daily Show looks at shutdown rhetoric

 

Jon Stewart jabs President Obama and Republicans for their pronouncements and theatrics on the shutdown.

Today’s fun video: Stewart take on Syria

Jon Stewart returned to the Daily Show this week, and it didn't take long before he was smacking the Obama Administration over Syria.

Today’s fun video: On fast-food wages

 

If you ever worked at a fast-food restaurant, you may get an even bigger laugh than  normal out of The Daily Show's take on the back and forth over proposals to raise the minimum wage for workers in that industry.

John Oliver's bit goes so long that it is broken into three parts on the web site, and this is the middle part that takes on the talking head TV gasbags talking about how minimum wage worker doesn't need raises because if he or she has any gumption, he or she will get better wages at better jobs, just like they did.

 To see the whole thing, click here.

Today’s fun video: For those tired of royal baby coverage

 

The Daily Show had lots to mock after weeks of royal baby coverage, culminating with several days of delivery and presenting of the new prince.

Having John Oliver as the anchor might have added to the satire, and “On Her Majesty's Secret Cervix” may be one of their better titles of late.

Today’s fun video: Stewart skewers Obama for IRS, AP scandals

 

The Daily Show makes fun of President Obama's “I didn't know about this until I heard it on the news” explanations for recent scandals.

Today’s fun video: Making fun of secessionists

 

Jon Stewart skewers folks talking secession and other dire consequences in the wake of Obama's re-election.

Baumgartner schedules ‘Empty chair’ debate

 

 

Some people think Clint Eastwood's 12-minute schtick with an empty chair at last week's Republican National Convention was great theater. Others think it was bizarro sad.

Your opinion may depend on your political leanings.

Republican Mike Baumgartner, the state senator from Spokane hoping to  unseat U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, is apparently a fan. So much so that his campaign is staging its own Eastwood moment on Friday, announcing that Baumgartner will debate an empty chair at  the Spokane Republicans Breakfast Club.

Baumgartner has been frustrated for months at Cantwell's refusal to commit to debates. At one point, he proposed one debate per county, which would be 39; he has since lowered the number to 10. Last week, her campaign said they would debate, but declined to say when, where or how many times.

So at 7 a.m. Friday at the Riverview Thai Restaurant, 1003 E. Trent, he will debate an empty chair, the campaign announced this morning.

“Participating in a debate during an election campaign is a civic duty of a public servant. It is admirable this empty chair is willing to serve the voters of Washington so graciously and without hesitation,” Baumgartner said in a press release.

This strategy is not without risks, of course. Suppose, for example, the empty chair were to win the debate?

Today’s fun video: Stewart nailed it on the media feeding frenzy

 

If this morning's CNN fiasco on announcing the Affordable Care Act wasn't a good enough reminder about how bad the media frenzy can get over something like a major Supreme Court ruling, this segment from The Daily Show on Wednesday night showed how silly the news network talking heads have been all week.

Today’s fun video: Daily Show airs out the N word

 

This may be the funniest send up of the Rick Perry hunting camp name controversy. But be advised that it may be the most concentrated use of the “N word” in a single television segment.

By the way, Wyatt Cenac's contention that Washington has a “Niggerhead Mining District” does not seem to be quite accurate. There is, however, a Niggerhead Creek and a Niggerhead Road that leads up to a gold mine in the McCoy Creek area, and a Nigger Creek Placer Mine in Chelan County.

Today’s fun video: GOP prez debate

 

 

BuzzFeed boiled the debate down to 75 seconds, which is pretty good. But the best take off, as usual, came from Jon Stewart. It can be found inside the blog.

Today’s fun video: Is this the way you feel about 2012 campaigning?

 

 

OK, I admit I watched much of the GOP presidential debate on Monday, because, well, it's sort of my job.

But the whole set up — New Hampshire, seven candidates, town hall meeting style questions, a full phalanx of talking head analysts parsing every word — did have me checking the calendar to make sure that I hadn't slept Rip Van Winkel-style through 2011 and awakened in January 2012.

Truth be told, I had a similar “What year is this again?” feeling when folks in Washington started announcing in the last week runs and non-runs for various statewide executive offices on the 2012 ballot.  And some of the full-time political geeks who do campaigns for a living admitted similar feelings in conversations.

So I gotta wonder, how does the rest of America — you know, the real people who have lives and  jobs and other things to occupy their minds — feel about presidential debates nearly 18 months before an election? The Daily Show may have captured it best.

Locke on Daily Show Thursday night

Gary Locke, the state’s former governor and the country’s current commerce secretary, is the featured guest tonight on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Really. Spin Control can’t make this stuff up. (And if we were going to make stuff up, would  this be it? We think not.)

Anyway, alert eyes in the Capitol Building tipped us to the note on the Comedy Central site that list Locke as tonight’s guest. Last night’s guest? Snoop Dogg.

Talk about diversity.

Thurs. fun video: McMorris Rodgers makes Daily Show

Not exactly what every member of Congress aspires to, but Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has a spot in Jon Stewart’s opening Wednesday night. She’s one of the featured clips in Scoldplay, or Jackass Carrousel, in which Stewart points out that members of both parties seem to dismiss the need for an apology when it’s a member of their party that’s under fire, but want an “I’m sorry” from a member of another party.

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She’s about 2:30 into the segment.

Today’s fun video: Stewart raps CNBC

Jon Stewart on the Daily Show points out a few bad calls by CNBC, after Rick Santelli’s outburst against “loser” homeowners.

And if you want some of the latest videos in the Rush Limbaugh is the head of the GOP saga, go inside the blog.

 

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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