Posted by: Donna
Today’s AZ Republic editorial, clearly written by a very butthurt Doug MacEachern, was a whinefest over how The Daily Show interviewed a dumb wingnut and he came off like, well, a dumb wingnut:
A less articulate critic of the program would be impossible to find. The segment was a cringe-inducing humiliation of the tongue-tied man.
Which, of course, is why the producers sought out the hapless Mr. Hicks. Most real reporters look to board President Mark Stegeman, a University of Arizona economics instuctor, for fair understanding of the ethnic-studies issue.
But that wasn’t what “The Daily Show” came looking for. It came for the cheap laughs, and poor Mr. Hicks gave them up by the bucketful.
Awwwwwwww. Look, it’s not like there aren’t dumb liberals. There probably aren’t as many, and that’s been the finding of research (sorry conservatives), but dimbulb inarticulate liberals can be found if you look hard enough. And had TDS found the dumbest and most tongue-tied liberal in Tucson to defend Mexican American Studies you can bet today’s Republic editorial would have a very different tone. It wouldn’t be all “poor Miguel got set up for cheap laughs”. MacEachern would be harrumphing himself into a lather about how that cheeky Daily Show reporter proved, proved I tell you, everything the good upright scared white folks have been saying about that dastardly ethnic studies.
But that’s not what happened. The TDS producer went to Tucson, swung a dead cat, and hit the first right wing ignoramus in its path. Who happened to be a duly elected member of the school board. Hey Doug, if you want Arizona’s Republican voters to elect a better caliber of wingnut, you should do a better job of persuading them to do so in your columns.
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