Jon Stewart has been on par this year at the Daily Show. While he still gets his usual laughs and high ratings, some say he has moved away from what many have seen as a leftwing lean in years past.
In fact, he is now supporting certain conservatives to a degree and he isn't always going easy on the Obama administration. Last night, Stewart joined political pundits and bloggers in commenting on the controversial remarks made by James P. Hoffa on Labor Day. Watch below:
Stewart's commentary falls along the common "tea party does it too" line that has been regurgitated in one way or another throughout the media since the words drooled out of Hoffa's mouth. However, the comedian adds a degree of nuance when he argues that without "hyperbolic excitements" you're left with a bland, Wonder Bread version of campaigning. Stewart comments that "it's clear that using incendiary rhetoric, is the key to motivating your base."
Then out came the puppets.
It's worth noting, though, that some will see the "tea-party does it too" line of thinking as a cop-out, because it absolves inappropriate behavior as a mere biproduct of a suddenly out of control and "anything goes" type of political discourse.
A growing group of commentators have begun to challenge what seems to have become conventional wisdom of late -- that the heat of political rhetoric has been cracked up since the entrance of the Tea Party.
A Morning Joe commentator offhandedly calls the president a "d*ck" or Sarah Palin's PAC puts out a crosshairs map and the media outcry is tremendous, but seven years ago when Michael Moore made Fahrenheit 9/11 he won a Palm d'Or and critical praise.
Some would see these as examples of hypocrisy.