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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.