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Jon Stewart: ‘That Is The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Seen The President’s Press Secretary Do’

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Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart made reference to a question posed by ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent, Jonathan Karl, that seemed to have White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, a bit flustered.

“Can you tell me the fact that she helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the president’s reelection campaign had nothing to do with her appointment? You can’t say that, can you?” asked Karl, referring to the appointment of former soap opera producer, Coleen Bell, as ambassador to Hungary.

Earnest responded, “I can tell you that’s not the reason she was chosen. I can tell you that the reason she was chosen.. ahhh frankly, I was not part of this decision making process.”

With eyes popping out of his head, Stewart reacted to the clip, “What??? You can’t do that! That is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen the president’s press secretary do. His entire job, his only job, is built around trying not to go ‘ehhhh look, I just f#%^ing work here.’”

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John Oliver Ends Season with a Bang from the ‘Salmon Cannon’

Ahead of his performance tomorrow at “The Concert for Valor” on the National Mall, John Oliver ended the inaugural season of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with a segment poking fun at a Washington state news story which featured a cannon that could launch salmon over dams.

Oliver gathered an impressive list of his celebrity buddies being shot in the face with the “Salmon Cannon,” including Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Dwight Howard, Seth Meyers, Anderson Cooper, Mario Batali, Rachel Ray, David Letterman, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert, Wayne Brady, Meredith Vieira, and Joel McHale. Even Homer Simpson and R2D2 made appearances.

Don’t forget, “The Concert for Valor” is a free event tomorrow on the National Mall in honor of Veterans Day. (Oliver’s wife Kate Norley is an Iraq War veteran.) Click here for more information.

Jon Stewart Stopped by the Newseum to Show Off His Debut Film

RosewaterThe host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart sat down with PBS’ Newshour’s Gwen Ifill at the Newseum on Sunday night to discuss his first foray into filmmaking following a private screening of his debut film, “Rosewater.”

Stewart was joined by Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-born journalist and inspiration for the film, along with the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Joel Simon.

“Rosewater,” was adapted from Bahari’s autobiography “Then They Came For Me.” It follows the story of the former Newsweek reporter (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who was unjustly imprisoned in Iran for recording and publishing images of violent protests in Tehran in the wake of the 2009 Iranian presidential elections.

The film paints a disturbingly real picture of Bahari’s nightmarish 118 days spent in solitary confinement for simply doing his job—reporting the news.

Stewart told the panel that he chose to tell Bahari’s story because it is representative of many other lesser-known journalists reporting in countries with oppressive governments. Their stories often go untold.

While Bahari’s imprisonment eventually received national media attention that ultimately led to his release, the panelists said it is important to remember that there are too many other reporters that haven’t been as lucky.

“Maziar had a wonderful infrastructure behind him.. but you have a lot of freelancers out there that have no infrastructure behind them. Nobody is watching their back so they become even more vulnerable to any type of pressure or repression,” Stewart said.

“Rosewater” debuts on Thursday.

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Jon Stewart Confirms NBC News Pursued Him as ‘Meet the Press’ Replacement

john_stewart(6)In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart confirmed that NBC News approached him to replace David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press.”

It was first reported earlier this month by New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that NBC News’ president Deborah Turness pursued Stewart in the network’s efforts to boost the show’s ratings. Sherman cited three unnamed senior television sources, with one saying that NBC was “ready to back the Brink’s truck up.”

Stewart confirmed the offer during a recent interview with Andy Greene, who writes:

In an new interview with Rolling Stone, Stewart confirms that there were indeed discussions. “My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could,” he says. “I’m sure part of them was thinking, ‘Why don’t we just make it a variety show?’” Read more

Zach Galifianakis Recalls Trip to White House on ‘The Daily Show’

Zach Galifianakis was a guest Wednesday night on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to promote his new film, “Birdman,” in theaters tomorrow.

In conversation with Stewart, Galifianakis comedically recalled his visit to the White House to film “Between Two Ferns” with President Barack Obama.

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WATCH – Jon Stewart: ‘Midterm fever baby…It’s just like Ebola.’

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 09.45.29On “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Monday night, the show’s host opened the program with a look at November’s elections, which takes place just three weeks from today.

“Midterm fever baby. Sweeping the nation,” said Stewart. ”It’s just like Ebola. Except way more expensive.”

The host went on to poke fun at President Obama’s recent fundraisers at the homes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Rich Richman. The comedy show genius then delved into fundraising emails from the Democrats he’s recently received.

“With a frequency and desperation matched only by a Nigerian prince selling a Groupon deal for boner pills. The Democrats. And the emails. Will not stop trying to make you give them money.” Read more

NBC’s Deborah Turness Reportedly Considered Jon Stewart as ‘Meet The Press’ Moderator

jonstewartBefore deciding on Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” NBC News president Deborah Turness apparently considered Jon Stewart.

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman cited three unnamed senior television sources, with one saying that NBC was “ready to back the Brink’s truck up,” in the network’s effort to do “anything” to get the host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” to agree.

Sherman writes:

“It makes sense that NBC would make a run at Stewart. The comedian-cum-media-critic possesses something that broadcast executives covet: a loyal, young audience. And it’s not the first time NBC tried recruiting him. According to sources, NBC Entertainment courted Stewart several years ago for a 10 p.m. variety show (the slot ultimately went to Jay Leno).”

On Wednesday, Todd poked fun at the rumors on Twitter, tweeting a combination of his program’s closing line and a popular segment from Stewart’s program.


Jon Stewart’s Take on White House Security Breaches, Ousted Julia Pierson’s Testimony

Hours after the resignation of Julia Pierson as director of the Secret Service, Jon Stewart tackled recent breaches to the White House and presidential security, identified Monday by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and preceding Pierson’s Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

After showing clips of news coverage since the September 19 White House fence-jumper incident and from Pierson’s testimony, Stewart mocked:

“Here’s how dysfunctional the Secret Service is at this point. Congress had to help them come up with solutions…A lock, an alarm system, or spiky plants. You never want to be in a position where you are charged with guarding the president of the United States and you could be replaced by a plant!”

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Jon Stewart Compares Strikes on ISIL in Syria to ‘The iPhone 6 of Wars’

In case you missed it, Tuesday night on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart aired a clip from a CNN broadcast on U.S. strikes against ISIS, and himself referred to it “the iPhone 6 of wars.”

“It’s expensive, a little bigger, little more unwieldy than you thought it was gonna be, it’s at least a two-year commitment,” said Stewart in the show’s opening. “Kinda feels like you just fucking got the last one!”

He went on to offer commentary of the prior night’s operations as well as of media coverage of the strikes.


ABC’s Tom Johnson and ‘Daily Show’s’ Pat King Join Bloomberg

Bloomberg senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel announced to staff today in a memo that Tom Johnson will soon join Bloomberg’s politics vertical as executive editor and that Pat King has recently as a senior producer.

Johnson joins Bloomberg from ABC News, where he served as a senior broadcast producer for “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.” King comes from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” where he was a segment producer.

TVNewser reports that “Johnson and King will serve as executive producer and senior producer, respectively, for the daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann slated to launch in October.”

Read the full memo, after the jump.


Happy news about Bloomberg Politics. Tom Johnson is joining us as executive editor, and Pat King has joined us senior producer.

Tom has a mere twenty years experience at ABC News, where he was most recently senior broadcast producer at ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. In addition to imbuing the show with great story judgment, Tom led WN’s international coverage and digital strategy. During his tenure, ABC World News piled up awards and accolades, which is all very nice. More important is that Tom brings a spectacular mix of talent and temperament—his colleagues at ABC note that he’s usually the smartest guy in the room, and rarely feels the need to remind anyone of it.

Pat King comes to Bloomberg after a nine-year stint at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was most recently a segment producer. So to answer your question, yes, Pat is funny. However he’s not here to make the show funny. (Obviously that’s my job.) Pat’s a passionate observer of national politics with a tremendous instinct for research. He finds clips that lead to stories, and then he tells those stories expertly.

Tom starts ASAP. Pat recently completed orientation and is already hard at work. Both are based in New York.

I think you’re going to love working with them.