Jon Stewart: ‘We won’t do jack’

There aren’t many people left to whom thousands of other people turn to help process that which confounds us. Jon Stewart is the exception and he was at his best Thursday evening on the subject of the killings in Charleston.

There were no jokes; there was just a guy holding our hand, telling us that it really is as bad as we think it is.

“I have nothing,” he said, citing the racial wound “that we pretend doesn’t exist.”

“This one is black and white. There’s no nuance here,” he said, adding he can’t believe how hard people are working to discount the slaughter.

“The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina and the roads are named for Confederate generals, and the white guy is the one who thinks the country is being taken away from him.”

He said there was no one else he’d rather talk to than Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize winner who was gunned down because she’s a woman who wanted an education.

“I have seen these tragedies in my life when there is no human feelings and there is no humanity and, for a second, you think, ‘no one has feelings at all’ but our prayers are with the families and we pray for peace and we pray for the prosperity of everyone,” she said.

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  • Joe

    Blacks make up 13% of the population but commit 65% of the crime in this country. But let’s not say “jack” about that and focus the relatively low number of white on black crime, because that is socially acceptable to talk about. – anyone in the liberal media

    • Is that arrest data , conviction data, or made up data?

      (update). According to the FBI, 38.5 per cent of people arrested for murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault were black. in 2013. Also the victims of crime were disproportionally black.

      Those are arrests not convictions and those numbers are decidedly not the same as the ones you cite without any attribution.

      So, no sale, “Joe”.

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    • Jack Ungerleider

      So curious about that statement I Googled the following “blacks 13% population 65% of crimes”. The top hit is an article from in 2012. In a section of a very long article on the demographics of crime I found this line, “To gauge these numbers, although blacks only comprise 13% of the U.S. population compared to whites at 65%,”. Most of the other hits were US census department pages that picked up the search terms in a somewhat disconnected fashion.

  • BReynolds33

    I, honestly, don’t know what Jon Stewart is planning on doing with his life after he leaves the show, but if it doesn’t involve him, in some way, being the voice of reason… we all lose.

    Mike Rowe / Jon Stewart 2016.

  • James

    I’m admittedly not taking the time to watch the video but I’m interested in the reference to those who are working so hard to discount the slaughter. I haven’t seen any of that so perhaps someone can enlighten me. Does he offer attribution?

    • I believe he actually means not that people are saying the slaughter isn’t any big deal, but it’s not connected to anything; it’s just a lone wolf.

      Basically, this:

      • And this…

        • James

          Fair enough. As for the tweet that you post, while I love criticizing the media, this seems like a strawman. Where has the media reacted in this way?

          • I saw it quite a bit yesterday. I saw a real reluctance. We don’t know how to talk about race in this country. We stink at it. The media doesn’t provide any leadership. It’s deathly afraid of criticism. It plays it safe.

          • James

            You saw a lot of it after the confession was reported? I’m genuinely curious because the timeline matters. There are plenty of reasons to criticize the media but I think Captain Africa’s critique seems more narrative-driven than one based in, you know, fact.

          • Like I said, his observation — without the hyperbole — mirrors what I saw/heard.

          • I think Tapper’s response was a classic example. He wanted the guest to merely grieve for the individuals and went running for cover as soon as questions of race and motivation came up.

          • James

            If you read Tapper’s Twitter timeline I think he’s actually done a very good job of hosting a discussion. Also, although I didn’t see it, I think devoting a segment to those killed without addressing underlying racial issues is defensible.

          • It’s not a question of whether a remembrance of Pinckney is defensible. Of course, it is.

            But that’s not what the segment was about. It was about Pinckney’s friend having a conversation with President Obama and the question he asked was “What can you share about your conversation with the president?”

            His friend talked about the rhetoric and then Tapper asked, “tell me what you mean? What rhetoric are you talking about?”

            The answer was too hold to handle, so he ran.

            “You’ve given us a lot to unpack, but instead of doing that, I’d like to talk about Rev. Pinckney.”

            So Tapper invited the discussion, and than ran away from it.

            It was pretty gutless.

            I posted the video in the comments section in the earlier post about Don Lemon.

          • James

            Or maybe he just viewed the answer as being so hyperbolic and absurd that he chose not to provide a platform for it.

          • I don’t know if you’ve watched the video yet but let’s assume he did find the answer absurd: That would pretty well make my point.

            I honestly don’t know why TV stations go to the scenes like this — aside from the visual background — and then run away when they get a good indication of the story there.

            Yeah, it’s raw and it’s emotional and it’s complex.

            Doing news is hard.

            As to the merit of his argument, it’s pretty much what I said on the Current yesterday. The appeal to our fears has an awful lot of appeal to people. There are people and institutions who serve in their self interest by appealing to our fear and creating that fear and the climate of hatred that is set in motion.

            It’s wayyyy past time to confront that.

          • James

            I have zero problem with Tapper exerting editorial control over the segment in the manner he did; it had clearly moved past the point where Pinckeny’s friend was relaying portions of the conversation that he had had with the President which, as you indicate, was what the segment was about. As to every other point you make, I basically agree. Thanks for the conversation.

          • But Tapper is the one who moved it past the conversation. He’s the one who asked about rhetoric. That he left it is journalistic malpractice/incompetence.

          • James

            Um, well, no. Pinckeny’s friend moved it past the conversation. Tapper then asked the obvious follow-up about the so-called rhetoric (it would have been journalistic malpractice/incompetence for him not to) which elicited a mostly ridiculous response that Tapper then sought to steer away from.

          • Obviously, disagree.

  • Postal Customer

    Rick Santorum’s comments yesterday in light of the shooting were just so classic. So breathtakingly beautiful in their ignorance and delusion.

  • krisbrowne42

    Will nobody speak for the real victims of this terrible crime – the guns… They’re obviously endangered, or else there wouldn’t be such an outcry protecting them from terrible attempts to limit their ability to do their express purpose indiscriminately.