I’m sure many of you watched the Daily Show the other day when Jon Stewart lobbed a few softball questions to professional liar David Barton and let him promote his book full of lies without putting up any resistance at all. It was a truly pathetic performance, as bad as the first time he had him on the show. Here’s the video:
And yes, the story about the kid being punished for praying is nonsense. If you’re not going to challenge the guy, why bring him on? You know he’s full of shit, you know he’s lying but you’re letting him get away with it. If you aren’t going to defend reality, don’t give him the platform. Jon Stewart has done a great job challenging other right wing figures, but for some reason he lets Barton off the hook.
By the way, I’ve got an interview on my radio show soon (not sure whether it will be May 8 or May 15) with a former writer for the Daily Show. Much to my surprise, he absolutely lit in to Stewart and spent several minutes hammering him for a number of things. This is a guy who has also written for Bill Maher and many other shows. Stay tuned for details.