Daily Show host Jon Stewart may call himself a comedian, but he just so happens to be one of the most talented interviewers on television. Unlike the vacuous talking heads which other stations trot out to debate hot-button topics via split screen, Stewart actually sits down with his guests to ask insightful, thought-provoking questions that most other political talk shows seem to miss, or are simply too afraid to pose. And the best part? He always manages to find a faint glimmer of humor while doing so – no easy feat to be sure. All of this begs the question: why is some of the best political journalism coming from a fake news show?
Yesterday’s interview is an excellent example of Stewart’s skill, as he sat down with former Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for a candid discussion about gay marriage. The resulting dialogue is truly amazing, with Stewart managing to highlight several contradictory points in Huckabee’s logic as it pertains his book is currently shilling.
Standout quotes from Stewart include:
“You write in your book that all men are created equal, and yet for gay people you believe that it is corrosive to society to allow them to have the privileges that all humans enjoy.”
“Gay people don’t choose to be gay. At what age did you choose not to be gay?”
“I think it’s a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to ‘make their case’ that they deserve the same basic rights.”
While it’s true that gay marriage proposisitons nation-wide did not find support last election day, I have no doubt that if there is more open and thoughtful debate about the topic in the future, gay marriage can and willbe a reality. Watch the whole interview. It’s a good one. And if for some reason Youtube disables the video, watch it here.