I thought of Jon as an intellectual comedian. Someone who transcends the limitations of the genre, is well-informed, and tries to not be partisan. Which could be a completely wrong impression, I know.
So in this latest episode:
- He talks of anticovid measures, in the context of freedom, without even trying to compare the experiences of different countries. There is such a great variety of models to choose from. Israel, Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, UK — how much they curb freedoms of their populations, and how well it is working for them.
- He does not talk about measures that lose non-compliant people their jobs, exclude them from getting education, or even from getting basic necessities. At all. That in an episode about freedom.
- They touch upon January 6 without acknowledging how unusual the election was and how that could have given rise to concerns among the protesters.
- His guest, Maria Ressa, a journalist from the Philippines, says that Americans "barely squeaked through" the last elections because of the guardrails put on the social media. Neither she nor Stewart acknowledge that the social media this time were massively anti-incumbent (e.g. the censorship of the NY Post story about Hunter).
It's sad to see that he too prefers to strawman the side that he is ridiculing.