If you don’t read Mark Evanier’s blog, you probably missed his comment about the latest celebrity feud:
I must admit I’ve been enjoying the spat between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, partly because it’s funny and partly because Stewart is doing something that doesn’t happen nearly enough in the media today. He’s pointing out when so-called experts were dead wrong. There seems to be no penalty — no recognition, even — when what happens is precisely the opposite of what was predicted. Erroneous punditry is shrugged off, not just by those who make the bad calls but by their peers and even by the viewing public. I believe this is called The William Kristol Syndrome.
Even more than the flu, this syndrome seems to be what’s going around these days. Everywhere I look, people are asking me to believe what they’re telling me now and forget about what they told me before that turned out to be wrong. It’s especially hard to swallow when the speaker is someone whose entire job is to tell you things that you can reliably trust.
The Republicans are taking this to the extreme. The things they said before that they want you to forget about, that turned out not to be true, are exactly the same things they’re still saying today. And they act like they still expect you to believe them.
And Mr. Evanier goes on to say:
Mr. Stewart and his crew may be Liberal on most issues but those like Joe Scarborough who think he doesn’t ridicule Democrats and the new White House occupant haven’t been watching the show. (I think some of them are foolishly expecting or hoping to encourage that Obama in his first fifty days be mocked as much as Bush was in his last fifty days.)
I saw Joe “Banjo Boy” Scarborough’s comments. He thinks The Daily Show is biased in favor of Obama when they’re actually biased against stupid behavior. Based on that, of course they spent more time ridiculing Bush.