Got to fulfill one of my New York TODOs today by going to the daily show. Not only did we get to watch a double-length interview with John Ashcroft, we got to see a taping of what I presume will be next week’s This Week In God. Multiple doses of awesome. Jon was in good form, pushing Ashcroft more than he pushes most of his guests. After the show, he spoke briefly about needing to engage with the people you dislike. While I fully agree on the need for that, and the crowd was mostly very respectful of Ashcroft, anyone who is familiar with Ashcroft’s record who watches the interview tonight will probably be furious. Particularly galling was how he dissembled about torture during the last question, when there was no time for Jon to rebut him. (For those who won’t watch it, he grotequesly glossed over our national tortute policy, saying that ‘we have to ask questions in a stern voice’. If only it were merely a stern voice, instead of following in the footsteps of Imperial Japan, Communist Russia, and Fidel’s Cuba by making prisoners think they are going to die. The dissembling- the frank lying on such important issues- is just… gah, so frustrating. Stewart, of course, chuckled about it and basically said ‘hey, he’s a lawyer… what do you expect?’ I didn’t hear any nervous chuckles from the 10+% of the audience that were CLS class of ’09, but I’m sure we were thinking about it :)
Miscellaneous TV-land notes:
- they do it in one take, and they pause roughly the right amount of time for ads- not sure why, since it isn’t live. Possibly to make sure the audience energy level is right?
- We got to see taping of what appeared to be a funding request to higher ups where Jon and Colbert discussed R&D for displaying shows on… well, cufflinks. You had to be there, I guess.
- one of my classmates looks exactly like Samantha Bea. It is creepy.
- we all wanted to hear the banter between Jon and the guest (that they show right before the cut to commercial)… and of course they crank the music so you can’t hear it.