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Comment 39 by AgriculturalAtheist :

I love all these "I know he is a comedian but that doesn't excuse him from not being an expert in science or being so forgiving or religious thinking." Wow, sounds like a fundamental redefining of what a comedian is or should be (or should be to be GOOD).

The problem is that Jon Stewart has no intention of coming off as a comedian in this interview; he means to be taken seriously. In any case, we shouldn't be so eager to exonerate him simply because he's a comedian. Countless people consider him a reliable source of information, which is why his ignorance is so troubling, as is our apparent inability to articulate the fundamentals of science.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:28:53 UTC | #936024

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Comment 33 by Neil5150 :

Jon S helped create The Colbert Nation show in which Sean goes on to sell books. Then cherry picks a goofy statement he made two years ago to poke him in the eye as thanks.

Are you suggesting we hold our tongues when criticizing those from whom we benefit?

(Also, it's The Colbert Report. Colbert Nation is the name of the website, which Jon Stewart had no part in creating.)

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:17:09 UTC | #935560

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Comment 22 by Duff :

He's a comedian, for "heaven" sake. Lets cut him some slack. We are very lucky to have him in this world, He is on our side.

What reason do we have to be so forgiving? Him being a comedian does not excuse him for perpetuating nonsense (particularly in this case, where he was being perfectly genuine). Less persuasive is the idea that he should be given a pass because his social, economic, and political sensibilities are more or less agreeable. I don't care about his previous work in this context; I care about his gross misrepresentation of science.

I still, however, find The Daily Show wildly entertaining. Here is a somewhat redeeming segment from October.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:36:13 UTC | #935493

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