Monday, July 18, 2005

Don't get lazy, Daily Show!

John Stewart is quickly becoming one of my favorite television show hosts.

On July 13, Stewart interviewed author Bernard Goldberg (New York Times best selling author of “Bias”) and discussed Goldberg’s latest book, “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (and Al Franken Is #37).”

Stewart cut right to the chase and (politely) criticized Goldberg by saying the book falls short in its criticism of the elite and powerful and focuses too much on folks who float through popular culture.

I have not read the book, but what blew me away (and continues to impress me) is Stewart’s ability to earnestly, honestly and candidly pick issues apart and approach them with humor, brevity, honesty and wit. I dig it.

That said, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is far from perfect.

Where are the folks of color on the show? It’s not only an all-white crew, it’s also a middle-aged men’s club. Only one correspondent is a woman, and neither of its two contributors are women or people of color. It’s too bad that even an imaginative, kick ass show like Jon Stewart’s has to have a newsroom that resembles most newsrooms across the United States.

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2 Comments:

At 6:37 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Typically I'm all for multiracial and gender representation in the media, but this time I think it's just overload. Maybe this "all-white" cast just happened to be the best people for the job. Obviously, this is probably the case, since they do such a wonderful job! Discrimination can go both ways. I say, the best person for the job, regardless of color.

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Shawniece said...

i think they should get more black people on talk shows because we are just as good as white people and black poeple should be more active and open to were they can say oh lets get a black person to do the show.

 

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