It’s undeniable that comedian Jon Stewart has risen to a level of prominence and prestige in the world of big league politics — an achievement underscored by the fact that what The Daily Show host just said about The New York Times and a certain Republican contender for president is being played up big-time on Politico. Stewart’s unique brand of offbeat (and often profane) analysis wrapped in go-for-the-throat humor gets the attention of a lot of folks, even those who roam the halls of power.
As the Politico piece by Nick Gass notes: “Jon Stewart tore into The New York Times’ coverage of Marco Rubio on The Daily Show Wednesday night, mocking the Gray Lady for its reporting on the senator’s traffic violations and financial issues.”
Twice over the course of a week, the Times published what it apparently felt were significant exposes about the senator — a story on the handful of traffic tickets he’s gotten in his home state of Florida and a front page article headlined “Marco Rubio’s Career Bedeviled by Financial Struggles.” Critics of the newspaper’s targeting of the popular GOP lawmaker have scoffed at what they call the Gray Lady’s hysteria in an attempt to smear Rubio with trivia.
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On his Comedy Central show Wednesday night, the generally liberal Jon Stewart joined the chorus of critics of the consistently liberal New York Times…but in his own inimitable style. You can watch the hilarious segment by clicking on the video above.