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Give Jon Stewart credit. The Anthony Weiner story is delicious copy for comedians. From his double entendre name to his “shaven” chest (yes the New York Post coined that word today), the soon to be ex Congressman is a pathetic joke. And he has a history with Stewart. They’ve known each other for about twenty years. But that doesn’t mean they’re “friends.” No, no. Here’s an interview that Weiner gave in May 2009 to CityScoopNY http://www.cityscoopsny.com/?p=1198%3Cbr%20/%3E. He said Stewart’s “Daily Show” has a “corrosive effect” on his business.

CS: You used to be roommates with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. How did that come about?

AW: We knew each other after college. I worked on Capitol Hill for [then-Congressman Chuck] Schumer with a guy who played soccer with Jon at William & Mary. So we were all in the same circle. I was dating a woman at the time, she lived where he did and we all kind of…it was a classic New York [situation]. We were all making twenty grand.

CS: Where did you all live?

AW: Soho. I was living there more or less because I was bumming off of my girlfriend who was living there. Technically speaking, I was living in my mom’s house. We were all living together, and we shared a beach house, too.

CS: Are you and Jon still friends?

AW: Yeah, we stay in touch. We talked a lot during the campaign.

CS: Have you been on “The Daily Show?”

AW: No. I don’t have a book. You gotta be selling something to go on his show.

CS: Well, if you run for Mayor…

AW: If I become Mayor, then they’ll probably waive that requirement. I wouldn’t want to go…I don’t know.

CS: Because it would be too weird?

AW: No, I love Jon’s show, and I TiVo it and watch it every day. But I think it has a bit of a corrosive effect on my business.

CS: In what sense?

AW: Its entire ethos is to make fun of politicians. Colbert’s worse…or better at it, I don’t know. I guess it’s really not fair to say it’s corrosive. It’s just that for a remarkable number of Jon’s viewers, that’s the sole source of news, and that’s both good and bad. It’s good that they’re gonna get it somewhere, and if it’s gonna be at a comedy show I’d rather it be there than Bill Maher or something like that. But on the other side, I don’t like the idea that there’s such a cynical view of politics and government.

CS: But you understand why that cynicism exists, right?

AW: Do I understand why that cynicism exists? Yes. I think it exists because of Jon’s show.

CS: Do you really?

AW: We could have the circular argument if you want. I think it accelerates itself. I think there becomes a feedback loop that’s corrosive. Congressmen do dumb things, yes, then are highlighted for doing dumb things, and highlighted some more, and people watch it and say that congressmen do dumb things, and so then when another congressman does a dumb thing, it’s like, “Well, my audience wants to watch a congressman do a dumb thing,” and then the audience laughs at the congressman doing a dumb thing, and then Jon says, “Hey, I got a great scam here, lemme go find another congressman doing a dumb thing,” and where do I get in? Where do I get in not doing a dumb thing? Not being a bozo?

CS: Have you ever expressed that to Jon?

AW: Oh yeah, we had…yes. The answer is yes.

CS: What did he have to say?

AW: The argument was somewhat predictable.

CS: Well, after last night, we know very well how Jon argues. (This interview took place the day after Stewart’s takedown of CNBC commentator Jim Cramer – Ed.)

AW: What I thought was interesting about last night was the irony of watching the comedian be critical of the news guy for being funny.

CS: I don’t think that was the reason…

AW: …at the crux of it, it was the news guy defending himself by saying, “I’m being an entertainer. I’m being funny.” And the comedian saying, “Dude, don’t do that. You be the serious one and I’ll be…” which is kind of a theme of Jon’s joust with the “Crossfire” guys. The irony with Jon…we have to remember that Jon was critical of “Crossfire” because it dumbed down the debate. Some of my concern about Jon is that, it’s smart, but it can be just as corrosive, because we’re being treated like we’re dumb. And maybe some of us are.



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  1. Weiner should brush up on Greek tragedians and satirists – and maybe Voltaire while he’s at it. Stewart did not invent political satire – politicians, especially the lying cheating disingenuous types such as Weiner, created the stage for Pathos and Humos to dance upon. Weiner to whiner – bloated to bleeting – just how dumb can a politician be?

  2. Maybe the cynicism AW comes from the fact that the government is actively fckign up the country, ever consider that? And of course always with the best intent, just that its gone awry, ever consider that?

    Or maybe because 2/3 of politicians are also lawyers, and the legal system has turned into a weapon instead of aggression instead of a proper mechanism to hear cases and uphold law in the land, ever consider that? And funny how no politician will ever touch tort reform, even though its one of the large drivers for driving up health insurance costs, ever consider that?

    Maybe the public would be sypathetic to politicians doing dumb things if they did just dumb things, instead of recklessly arrogant and condescending things mocking the whole system, ever consider that?

    Fcking azzhlle.

  3. Honestly, I don’t Stewart is funny at all. His argument that he is the one supposed to do Political comedy is all well and good, but the bearded, DUMBO dwelling hipster dolts take his word as Gospel. He knows it. He fashions his show on that premise. AW makes good points, but I think they are BOTH pretentious jerks regardless.

  4. The problem is that there are too many dumb politicians doing dumb things. By
    Wieners remarks he certainly qualifies as a dumb politician. But let’s instead
    turn all of our vitriol on Sarah Palin and make her out to be the dumbest of the dumb, which of course, is sheer journalistic nonsense.

  5. I agree with AW that too many young people in this country get their opinions from the likes Jon Stewart or Bill Maher, but he’s got a lot of nerve accusing entertainers of making the public skeptical of government. The public were skeptical of government LONG before anybody had ever heard of Jon Stewart, Bill Maher or Steven Colbert. People aren’t perfect, but politicians better try to be or they’re going to get hung in the media. I’m all for transparency in government, so politicians who can’t stand the heat should get out of the kitchen. We’ve been living in a world of 24/7 news for 30 years now. This is the Internet age, and everybody with a cell phone or mobile device is a photographer or a cameraman. It’s not the people’s fault for complaining when we don’t get the honest, reliable government we’re voting for. If you’re in the public spotlight as a politician or celebrity you’d better behave or you’re going to get taken to task for it.

  6. ““shaven” chest (yes the New York Post coined that word today)” BULLSHYT!! Shaven has been around for hundreds of years.. I guess they invented “The” too?

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