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Jon Stewart: You Can’t Blame Political Rhetoric For What Happened In Tucson

The opening part of last night’s Daily Show was more serious than usual given the circumstances, but I think Jon Stewart may have the smartest reaction of anyone to the tragedy in Arizona:

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“I wouldn’t blame our political rhetoric anymore than I would blame heavy metal music for Columbine. And that is coming from someone who truly hates our political environment”

Say what you will about Jon Stewart but that is about the smartest thing that anyone on television has said about this in the past 72 hours.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

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  1. […] Jon Stewart: You Can’t Blame Political Rhetoric For What Happened In Tucson (outsidethebeltway.com) […]

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  2. G.A.Phillips says:

    Ya, well, Beck’s was a little better.

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  3. sam says:

    “Ya, well, Beck’s was a little better.”

    Perhaps you’d share Beck’s whatever with those of us who’re reluctant to visit the plague zone, GA.

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  4. DMan says:

    I agree, we shouldn’t blame political rhetoric for what has happened. But we shouldn’t defend it either.

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  5. Marvin says:

    I’m not sure that the “political environment” doesn’t share some blame for this. It’s hard to know what makes a lunatic like this snap.

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  6. […] Glynnis MacNicol called it an emotional, moving monologue. OTB’s Doug Mataconis calls it the smartest reaction of anyone to the tragedy in Arizona. I was disappointed; I thought it a rambling abdication of the […]

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  7. Whaaaat? says:

    @G.A.Phillips Do you feel better now? Who gives a crap who’s “was better?” Clearly, Stewart is making a point — a valid point. Maybe Beck’s was delivered better (doubtful, but i suppose there’s the CHANCE) or whatnot, but can you not just agree with what he’s saying? Do you really need to be so negative?

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  8. Axel Edgren says:

    He’s wrong, of course.

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  9. […] like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert went out-of-character at the top of last night’s show to talk about the […]

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  10. G.A.Phillips says:

    ***Perhaps you’d share Beck’s whatever with those of us who’re reluctant to visit the plague zone, GA.***

    I did. but here it is again.

    http://www.glennbeck.com/2011/01/10/glenns-letter-to-the-american-people-politicians-and-media/

    **** @G.A.Phillips Do you feel better now? Who gives a crap who’s “was better?” Clearly, Stewart is making a point — a valid point. Maybe Beck’s was delivered better (doubtful, but i suppose there’s the CHANCE) or whatnot, but can you not just agree with what he’s saying? Do you really need to be so negative?*** Whats to feel better about?

    He said ***Say what you will about Jon Stewart but that is about the smartest thing that anyone on television has said about this in the past 72 hours.***

    I responded, is there some pc way you want me to have done it to make you, feel better?

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  11. Neil Hudelson says:

    Beck could have a video of himself pissing in GA’s mother’s mouth and GA would think its better than Jon Stewart.

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  12. Alvin says:

    Personally I liked both monologues. John really spoke from the heart, and I like the way Glenn challenged people for their better selves. Win-Win.

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  13. An Interested Party says:

    This is the fool that G.A.Phillips defends so mightily…

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/10/glenn-beck-violence/

    …idiot…

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