FROM Hank Stuever
Jon Stewart’s Legacy on News and Politics Jon Stewart’s announcement that he’ll be leaving The Daily Show was almost an after-thought at the end of his program on Tuesday. Stewart’s been at it for 16 years—but he hit it big in the year 2000 as the US Supreme Court was deciding the case of Bush v. Gore—and the winner of the presidential election. Stewart didn’t invent political satire, but he updated it during the rise of the Internet and the decline of public trust in news on TV and cable. Now that he’s leaving The Daily Show, we’ll look at his influence on journalism and politics.
The TV Characters We Love to Scorn On Sunday, two series return to the airwaves — the HBO's Girls and Showtime's Shameless . Girls features as its main character a 24-year old woman who is so self-absorbed and self-sabotaging that we can't believe we're tuning in. Shameless is the American version of its British namesake, featuring the Gallagher clan of Chicago, who deal with lying, stealing, alcoholism and prurient sex. Hank Stuever, TV critic for the Washington Post , muses on why this despicable behavior has become so popular.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?