WBEZ | The Daily Show http://www.wbez.org/tags/daily-show Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en All-apology issue: The Onion, 'Daily Show' suck it up http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/all-apology-issue-onion-daily-show-suck-it-105756 <p><p><em>A &#39;sorry&#39; blog post:</em></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-25%20at%2011.44.23%20PM.png" style="float: right; height: 218px; width: 294px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;" title="" /></p><p><strong>&#39;CRUDE AND OFFENSIVE ... SENSELESS, HUMORLESS ...&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s the way <em>The Onion</em>&nbsp;CEO Steve Hannah describes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-02/offensive-onion-tweet-headlines-hostile-ugly-sexist-oscar-night-105727" target="_blank">a tweet about young Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis</a> during Sunday&#39;s ceremonies -- a tweet <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/02/25/sophomoric-satire-slapped-down-on-social-media/1947123/" target="_blank">taken down within an hour</a>, followed Monday morning by Hannah&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-onion-apologizes,31434/" target="_blank">apology promising &quot;immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.&quot;</a><br />* <em>American Journalism Review</em> editor: Apology &quot;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2013/02/25/quvenzhan-wallis-onion-oscars-academy-awards-tweet/1947413/" target="_blank">was spot on</a>.&quot;<br />* Might that apology now cast&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/the-onion-apology-quvenzhane-wallis/62493/" target="_blank">a chilling effect on <em>The Onion</em>&#39;s humor</a>?<br />* <em>New York Times</em> media critic: &quot;<em>Onion</em> to writers: Tweet incredibly edgy, funny stuff. <a href="https://twitter.com/carr2n/statuses/306087130499796993" target="_blank">If you go over the line, we&#39;ll just slide you under the bus</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Onion</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/thing-x-parody-onion-quvenzhane-apology_n_2761254.html" target="_blank">apology satirized</a> by <a href="http://www.thingx.tv/" target="_blank">Thing X</a>, founded by ex-<em>Onion</em> staffers and Cartoon Network&#39;s &quot;Adult Swim&quot;: &quot;<a href="http://www.thingx.tv/articles/thing-x-apologizes-2287/" target="_blank">Rest assured that from this day forward, nothing will matter to us more than your comfort</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Salon: </em>&quot;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/26/twitters_unstoppable_humor_police_were_all_hate_watchers_now/" target="_blank">Is social media too tough on political incorrectness? Ask Seth MacFarlane</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/us/politics/how-producers-got-michelle-obama-for-the-oscars.html?_r=1&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;adxnnlx=1361855483-Hh8bbfnnRfQGXLD+U8wHnA&amp;gwh=66FD85D01E8AF01F48DF4401DCC0A3DF" target="_blank">How producers got Michelle Obama</a> to present an Oscar.</p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:512px;"><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="144" longdesc="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-25-2013/the-more-you-molpus" scrolling="no" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:424128" width="256"></iframe></div><p><strong>&#39;THE DAILY SHOW&#39; APOLOGIZES, TOO. </strong>Jon Stewart last night regretted having &quot;<a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-25-2013/the-more-you-molpus" target="_blank">randomly slammed a dude because ... he had a funny name like Dick Molpus</a>,&quot; using him as &quot;an avatar for casual bigotry,&quot; when in fact Molpus has endured death threats during &quot;a long and distinguished record of speaking out for civil rights.&quot;<br />* Mississippi investigative reporter: <a href="http://blogs.clarionledger.com/jmitchell/2013/02/22/note-to-jon-stewart-why-not-invite-dick-molpus-and-constance-slaughter-harvey-to-appear-on-your-show/" target="_blank">Invite Molpus on the show</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;MOST INCREDIBLE NEWSPAPER APOLOGY EVER.&#39;</strong> That&#39;s how media watcher Jim Romenesko describes a &quot;Note to Readers&quot; from a North Carolina paper groveling before &quot;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/25/paper-apologizes-for-gun-records-request/" target="_blank">everyone we unintentionally upset with our public records request</a> ...&quot;<br />* <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> columnist calls apology &quot;<a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Murphy-NC-is-where-American-journalism-went-to-die.html" target="_blank">embarrassing, snivling</a> [sic].&quot;&nbsp;<br />* <em>Boing Boing</em> calls it &quot;awe-inspiring work, <a href="http://boingboing.net/2013/02/25/newspaper-publisher-apologizes.html" target="_blank">even by established standards of smalltown media obsequiousness</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;INAPPROPRIATE AND TO SOME DEGREE OFFENSIVE.&#39; </strong>That description by a suburban mayor of <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/north-chicago-hit-brochure-some-find-offensive" target="_blank">a police brochure displaying black stereotypes</a> falls short of <a href="http://newssun.suntimes.com/18477140-417/african-american-police-protest-north-chicago-presentation.html" target="_blank">the apology demanded by some veteran black cops</a>.<br />* New York state lawmaker <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/25/us/new-york-lawmaker-blackface/index.html" target="_blank">apologizes for blackface costume</a>.<br />* Pennsylvania mayor <a href="http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/21346776/in-statement-mayor-a" target="_blank">apologizes for his ejection from high-school wrestling tournament</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>SORRY TO TROUBLE YOU WITH THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/all-apology-issue-onion-daily-show-suck-it-105756 Fact-checking politics: 'There cannot be a thing that's a wrong fact' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/fact-checking-politics-there-cannot-be-thing-thats-wrong-fact-102229 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/herman%20cain%20DS.jpg" style="float: right; height: 213px; width: 300px; " title="Herman Cain on 'The Daily Show'" />&quot;There cannot be a thing that&#39;s a wrong fact,&quot; said writer Benno Nelson at <em>The Paper Machete</em>. But he points out that, despite this, politicians these days seem to be arguing quite the opposite.</p><p>Like&nbsp;Herman Cain, for example, who, when making an appearance<a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-august-29-2012-herman-cain"> on <em>The Daily Show</em></a> last week said to John Stewart, &quot;Here&#39;s where we differ on the facts. And I would challenge you on the facts. Your facts are wrong. This happens all the time when people have the wrong facts.&quot;</p><p>Read an excerpt of Nelson&#39;s thoughts below or listen above:</p><p><em>For me, listening to politicians talk is like listening to an audio recording of a live performance. I know there are things going on that I don&#39;t have access to. I know the medium is controlling my impression of the truth but its difficult to diagnose the scope of that control without more information. In the case of a recorded performance you&#39;re just out of luck; you may or may not be missing something and there&#39;s no way for you to know how good or bad that thing you might be missing might be. </em></p><p><em>But in politics, the control for this, the anchor, should be facts. Like 100 percent of America, I haven&#39;t read the Affordable Care Act, haven&#39;t read the Ryan budget, haven&#39;t read Bowles-Simpson. And so we enter a contract where we pick people who we trust to tell us the facts. But we know they&#39;ll also tell us their opinion, they&#39;ll also try to sell us something or get us to vote for them. But the facts will anchor us.</em></p><p><em>Following the Republican National Convention, there&#39;s been a lot of attention paid to the extent to which politicians are failing at this; saying things sort of specifically provably wrong.&nbsp;</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/fact-checking-politics-there-cannot-be-thing-thats-wrong-fact-102229 First tainted Gulf, now tainted gas for BP http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/first-tainted-gulf-now-tainted-gas-bp-102079 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP071025065989.jpg" title="BP is at it again. (AP/Charles Dharapak) " /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story:</strong> Oh, BP. It&rsquo;s okay. Really. By now, everyone&rsquo;s forgotten all about that teensy little oopsy-daisy you had in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. You know, the little spill wherein you dumped an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/bp-feared-gulf-oil-spill-rate-of-3-4-million-gallons-a-day.html">estimated 206 million gallons</a>&nbsp;of crude oil into a delicate ecosystem? Wherein the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-23/bp-oil-spill-haunts-gulf-business-owners-almost-two-years-after-disaster.html">economic effects linger</a> (but thanks for <a href="http://blog.al.com/live/2010/06/apologetic_bp_oil_spill_ads_ge.html">those ads</a>!) as does the threat of <a href="http://www.wlbt.com/story/19413041/isaac-could-stir-up-remnants-of-the-bp-oil-spill">oil churning up</a> every time a hurricane comes by? I mean, sure, it&rsquo;s understandable you&rsquo;d be nervous after that. But I wouldn&rsquo;t worry. No one will get <em>that</em> upset about you <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-bp-releases-list-of-stations-that-sold-tainted-gas-20120829,0,7287506.story">selling 4.7 million gallons of tainted gas</a>&nbsp;in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. That&rsquo;s way less than before! It&rsquo;s a good thing you&rsquo;re finding oil in other places,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ogj.com/articles/2012/08/bp-ieoc-make-nile-delta-shallow-gas-discoveries.html">like the Nile Delta</a>. Who needs the Nile Delta anyway? Not Gulf of Mexico wildlife or fuel injectors, am I right?</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> The defense in the Drew Peterson case <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-drew-peterson-trial-updates-son-to-take-stand-today-20120829,0,7102187.story">has rested</a>, meaning the jury could soon get the case, and then we&rsquo;d be all done with this thing one way or another, right? Wrong.&nbsp;While Peterson himself <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14802637-761/drew-peterson-wont-testify-in-his-trial-on-murder-charges.html">will not testify</a> at the trial, depending on how the jury finds, we won&rsquo;t be done with this thing for a while. A guilty verdict will only mean lenghty appeals. The prosecution&#39;s anctis&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;as well as that hearsay law&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;give the defense plenty of grist for that fight. A not guilty verdict means the prosecution will up their attempts to peg the Stacy Peterson murder on Drew, too, something that&#39;s hard to do without a body. The most fun outcome of all also feels the most likely: a mistrial. Then we get to do this dance all over again.</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>So now that the Chicago Teachers Union has <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/teachers-union-files-strike-notice-keep-contract-talks-moving-102072">made their ten-day strike announcement</a>, what comes next? First of all, a lot of tense waiting for parents over the next week. The strike notice means teachers could strike at the end of next week, but it&#39;s also a tactic they could use to force the city&#39;s hand to fire up negotiations. Said negotiations have been going on since last November. And while it&#39;s been 25 years since the last teacher&#39;s strike in Chicago, parents are obviously <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14806044-761/chicago-parents-fret-what-to-do-if-teachers-go-on-strike.html">still worried about what they&#39;ll do </a>if the strike does happen. Two seemingly movable forces are now primed for a fight that has an endpoint; it&#39;s just a matter of who&#39;ll blink first.</p><p><strong>Farewell:</strong> Tennis star Kim Clijsters,&nbsp;<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/matches-book-quickly-us-open-074059863--ten.html">who retired from the sport</a> after a loss at the U.S. Open Wednesday. The four-time Grand Slam event winner (three U.S. Open titles, one Australian Open title) knew it&#39;d be her last tournament going in. And while a second-round loss isn&#39;t exactly what she had in mind, she walks away one of the great hardcourt players of the last decade.</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>Hurricane Isaac moved ashore &mdash; slowly &mdash; and has weakened to a tropical depression. But the <a href="http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/pricetag_of_isaac_totals_more.html">clean-up is just beginning</a> in Southeast Louisiana, where early estimates <a href="http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/isaac_storm_surge_close_to_kat.html">put the storm&rsquo;s surge</a> almost on par with that of Katrina.</li><li>Paul Ryan had his moment in the spotlight at the GOP convention Wednesday night, accepting <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/us/politics/paul-ryan-accepts-republican-vice-presidential-nomination.html?_r=1&amp;hp">the vice presidential nomination</a> while delivering a speech that <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/aug/29/night-two-tampa-running-mate-and-more/">set fact checkers on fire</a>.</li><li>Meanwhile, President Obama proved he&rsquo;s the nerdy dad we suspected, taking to popular Internet forum Reddit <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/president-barack-obama-went-reddit-and-answered-dorkiest-questions-ever-102065">for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session</a>. It&rsquo;s pretty great to see a President embracing the Internet like this even if his answers were bland and predictable.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Remember the controversy over opening Wal-Mart stores in Chicago a few years back? Now that they&rsquo;re springing up across the city, <a href="http://cheezburger.com/6550728960">this little animation</a> shows how they&rsquo;ve spread across the entire country. Watch and try not to think of a plague spreading.</li><li>Outer space science continues to amaze as we now know that <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19408363">gravity waves can be seen</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking ahead</strong></p><ul><li>A Chicago Police officer <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/29/chicago-police-officer-shot-in-morgan-park/">was shot in the knee</a> while responding to a call last night in Morgan Park; his injuries aren&rsquo;t life-threatening. It&rsquo;s a sobering reminder of the number of police officers <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2010/07/08/police_officer_killed_outside_stati.php">killed</a> or injured in the line of duty in Chicago in recent years.</li><li>Even Alderman aren&rsquo;t spared during this violent year. James Cappleman (46<sup>th</sup>) has reportedly been attacked <em>twice</em> now, most recently by a <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14805402-761/ald-cappleman-i-was-chased-by-woman-with-knife.html">knife-wielding woman</a>.</li><li>Another round of trash pick-up changes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-implement-next-phase-garbage-collecting-plan-north-side-102057">has been announced by the city</a>.</li><li>File under &ldquo;good news, maybe?&rdquo; &mdash; you&rsquo;ll soon be able to <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&amp;id=8790635">buy Powerball tickets online</a> in Illinois.</li><li>The biggest will-they-or-won&rsquo;t-they of the GOP convention: <a href="http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Ronald-Reagan-Hologram-to-Speak-at-RNC-167906195.html">the Reagan hologram</a>. Except it&rsquo;s not because <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/08/29/digital-domain-ceo-says-theres-no-hologram-reagan-in-the-works/">the &ldquo;news&rdquo; is satire</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>A bunch of Notre Dame players have gotten in trouble but Allen Pinkett <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/story/_/id/8314224/allen-pinkett-notre-dame-fighting-irish-need-bad-citizens-win">thinks that can be a good thing</a> because if anything can turn a collegiate sports team around, it&rsquo;s arrests.</li><li>Well, there&rsquo;s been at least one good thing about the Cubs this year and that&rsquo;s Darwin Barney&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-barney-sets-nl-single-season-record-for-errorless-streak-at-second-20120829,0,138112.story">record-setting defensive performance</a>.</li><li>It&rsquo;s official: the NFL <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/29/nfl-to-use-replacement-officials-for-week-1/">will use replacement refs for at least Week One</a> of the regular season. As if officiating couldn&rsquo;t get any worse&hellip;</li><li>The battle between the NHL players union and the league continues as the two sides <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/hockey/nhl/08/29/nhl-labor-talks.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a9&amp;eref=sihp">try to reach an agreement</a> on a new labor deal and sidestep another lockout for the league.</li><li>Were juiced balls partially<a href="http://deadspin.com/5937432/was-mlbs-juiced-era-actually-a-juiced+ball-era">&nbsp;to blame</a> for the explosion of home runs during MLB&rsquo;s so-called &ldquo;steroids era&rdquo;?</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong></p><p><em>The Daily Show</em> correspondent Samantha Bee absolutely crushes it at the GOP convention.</p></div><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding: 4px; text-align: center; "><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:418445" width="512"></iframe></div><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/first-tainted-gulf-now-tainted-gas-bp-102079 Was that Welles Park behind Blagojevich on the latest Daily Show? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-08/was-welles-park-behind-blagojevich-latest-daily-show-83440 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blago.jpg" alt="" /><p><div style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 520px;"><div style="padding: 4px;"><p style="text-align: center;"><embed height="270" width="478" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:376548" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="." flashvars=""></embed></p><p style="text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 4px; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><b><a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-7-2011/searching-for-the-wisconsin-14">The Daily Show - Searching for the Wisconsin 14</a></b><br />Tags: <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/">Daily Show Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.indecisionforever.com/">Political Humor &amp; Satire Blog</a>,<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow">The Daily Show on Facebook</a></p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Last night's <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com">Daily Show</a> had a feature about the Wisconsin State Senators hiding out in Illinois.&nbsp;They dispatched correspondent John&nbsp;Oliver to Rockford, IL&nbsp;as if he was trying to find warlords in Afghanistan. It was a great piece.&nbsp;</p><p>At about the middle mark, Oliver says I've tracked down a local warlord to help us out and to his feigned surprise, it was former IL Governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich is a friend of sorts to the Daily Show, making memorable television on a few occasions. In this piece, Oliver was talking to him outside, presumably in Rockford where the entire piece was located.</p><p>But after further review, the hill that they converse on is not located next to an expressway, but a four-lane thoroughfare that looks suspiciously like, well, Western Avenue.&nbsp; And the park looks eerily similar to the landscape of Welles Park, blocks away from Blagojevich's North Side home.</p><p>See for yourself.&nbsp; It's about 3:00 into the video.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-08/was-welles-park-behind-blagojevich-latest-daily-show-83440