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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jon Stuart, Bill Maher, Bruce Springsteen, Obama Ultimatum, Krugman, Osama,

The Daily Show‘s influence over voter perceptions has been well documented—a 2006 study by East Carolina State found that Daily Show viewers, while considerably cynical of the electoral system, demonstrated a higher degree of interest in politics as a whole. Of course, Stewart, who now serves as managing editor of the program, dismisses such stats as irrelevant, arguing that the sole purpose of the program is entertainment, and as such, it has no obligation to be “fair” in the same way that real news programs do. By its own logic, The Daily Show has insulated itself from attacks of journalistic bias by virtue of the fact that it is a comedy show, and therefore free of the rhetorical constraints that underpin “serious” journalism—an entity it regards with a healthy degree of skepticism. “And Now Your Moment of Zen”: The Cultural Significance of ‘The Daily Show’

Bill Maher: New Rule: If America Can't Get it Together, We Lose the Bald Eagle By Bill Maher
Why has America become a nation that can't make anything bad end, like wars, farm subsidies, our oil addiction, the drug war, useless weapons programs, and can't make anything good start?

Bruce Springsteen Symposium: Hundreds Of Academics Meet In New Jersey For Lectures On The Boss By The Huffington Post News Editors - WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — About 300 professors from as far away as Australia have come to Bruce Springsteen's native New Jersey to fill their brains with the Boss. The no-holds-barred intellectual romp "Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium" began Thursday with a walking tour the rocker's old stomping grounds, including his boyhood home in Freehold.

Obama Issues Ultimatum To Iran On Nukes By The Huffington Post News Editors - WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is offering Iran "a serious, meaningful dialogue" over its disputed nuclear program, while warning Tehran of grave consequences from a united global front. "Iran's leaders must now choose – they can live up to their responsibilities and achieve integration with the community of nations. Or they will face increased pressure and isolation, and deny opportunity to their own people," Obama said in his radio and Internet address Saturday.

Krugman: "I Was Kind Of Hoping Obama Might Be FDR, But Maybe Not" (VIDEO) By The Huffington Post News Editors - On "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said that while the American dream is not totally dead, it is "dying pretty fast," particularly when it comes to social mobility. Krugman made this statement during a lengthy discussion with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and host Bill Maher about the troubled state of the American economy and where we are in terms of reforming the system.

Bin Laden Tape: Europe Must Pull Out Of Afghanistan Or Risk "Retaliation" By The Huffington Post News Editors - CAIRO — Osama bin Laden demanded that European countries pull their troops out of Afganistan in a new audiotape Friday, warning of "retaliation" against them for their alliance with the United States in the war. The al-Qaida leader denounced NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan that have killed civilians and warned that European countries would be held accountable alongside the Americans unless they pull out. "A wise person would not waste his sons and money for a gang of criminals in Washington ... In summary, we are not asking too much or an invalid demand, but it would be be fair that you lift your opression and withdraw your troops," bin Laden said, addressing the Europeans.


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