Tag Archives: The Daily Show

Yoo Won’t Understand (Part Deux)

Here are the links to Jon Stewart’s interview with John Yoo:

Interview with John Yoo – Part I

Interview with John Yoo – Part II

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Yoo Won’t Understand

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Locals in California Question Yoo's Actions on Behalf of the Bush Administration

When it is available, I will post Jon Stewart’s interview with constitutional lawyer John Yoo.  It took place earlier today, but does not yet seem available on the web site of “The Daily Show.”  Stewart said the interview was unsatisfying, and the event confirmed the quotation by Oliver Wendell Holmes: “Lawyers spend a great deal of time shoveling smoke.”  Stewart strained to have Yoo come to grips with Yoo’s own justifications for helping the previous administration in the White House to make certain kinds of torture legal.

Yoo finds himself at odds with numerous people and organizations in the Bay area. One source is reporting that the location of his spring class at the University of California at Berkeley is being kept secret.  One might wonder whether that is for his own protection.  After the interview on “The Daily Show,” Professor Yoo has reason to lie low.

Chris Johnson Planted Flag First on Mt. Hume

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The newest addition to the blogroll is Chris Johnson’s blog.  Chris is worth watching. For instance, he noticed Brit Hume’s unsolicited sermon to Tiger Woods before CNN and “The Daily Show.”  You might think that this could be a coincidence.  I choose to think of it as a sign of Chris’ insight.  (We have to ignore the fact that “The Daily Show” does not broadcast on weekends.  That does not diminish the insight.)

What Has Changed on Wall Street? — Nothing

Andrew Sorkin has been studying the financial meltdown on Wall Street, followed by the epic financial bailout on Wall Street, and Jon Stewart thought erroneously that some lessons might have been learned, and that people might have adjusted their views on capitalism.  Sorkin informs Stewart in the interview that Wall Streeters still think “greed is good.”  Watch the interview.  As further confirmation of the repetition compulsion in the financial sector, Michael Douglas will appear in a 2010 film called Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.  The Sorkin assessment counts as something more than plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, because Obama claimed to be the presidential candidate of change.