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"The Daily Show" And Where Entertainment and Mitt Romney Converge

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 19, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 19, 2012 |

Nothing is truly real in politics, to me at least, until “The Daily Show” has made a mockery of it, and Jon Stewart got his first crack at the the leaked tape from a Mitt Romney fundraiser last night. It takes him a few minutes to gain a head of steam, but once he does, the righteous indignation comes out and Stewart sinks his fangs clavicle deep, including a revelation that Mitt Romney’s own Dad was on welfare (and therefore would never have voted for Mitt), and then after tackling the video, Stewart goes after Romney’s own mishandling of the leaked video.

It’s great stuff.

Part I

Part II

Pennybags Hodgeman Gets In On the Fun, Too

It’s kind of crazy, during an election season, how much politics and entertainment get conflated. Not just on fake news programs like “The Daily Show,” but even Jimmy Fallon got in on the tape, too, revealing his Mitt Romney impression, which sounds a lot like black comedians doing white guy impressions. Also, when Fallon tackles politics, it reminds me of when “SNL” usually tackles politics, which is to say: Kind of lame.

Also, “Live with Kelly and Michael” released the full unedited video of Mitt and Ann Romney’s sit down. I lost interest about 45 seconds in after it became apparent that Romney was just going to recite his stump speech.

Finally, if you didn’t watch the entire leaked video from the fundraiser, there was some other juicy bits related to the entertainment industry. He refers to Letterman:

“Letterman hates me because I’ve been on Leno more than him. They’re very jealous of one another, as you know.”

and why he chose not to do “Saturday Night Live”:

“I did not do that in part because you want to show that you are fun and a good person, but you also want to be presidential. Saturday Night Live has the potential of looking slapstick, and not presidential. But ‘The View’ is fine.”

He also mentioned that he thinks he won the respect of Whoopi Goldberg last time he was on “The View.” He was very wrong.

Let’s not leave President Obama completely out of it. He had some fun at Mitt Romney’s expense on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night, too. Goddamn, he is a charming man.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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