In case you missed it
“The Daily Show,” despite its being taken for a real news program by the brain dead, has its moments.
It had one earlier this week when host Jon Stewart was giving Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – flying the Obama administration’s flag for the Affordable Care Act – a grilling she never gets from the real news media.
He slapped her around for awhile, metaphorically, of course, and then said:
“If I’m an individual that doesn’t want this, it would be hard for me to look at a big business getting a waiver,” Stewart said. “I would feel like you are favoring big business because they lobbied you … but you’re not allowing individuals that same courtesy.”
She denied that was the case, dodging the question, sticking to talking points. After pressing her to no avail on the individual mandate, a somewhat exasperated Stewart finally smiled and asked, “Am I a stupid man?”
We would suggest he is not; that the American news media might emulate his doggedness in getting answers.
As an aside, Sebelius referred to the penalty for those who fail to sign up for Obamacare as a “fine,” as does President Barack Obama at every opportunity. The administration rammed Obamacare through Congress, claiming the penalty was a “fine.” It argued before the Supreme Court that is was a “fine.” But Supreme Court Justice John Roberts decided, inexplicably, that it was a “tax” and the court ruled it constitutional.
Maybe we are all stupid.