Stewart Attacks Palin's 'Today' Appearance: 'Another Place for You to Tout Your Brand of Homespun Nonsense'

I don't know about you, but I thought Sarah Palin did an extremely good job in her guest-host stint on NBC's Today show Tuesday.

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart predictably didn't, and began his Daily Show later that evening with a blistering attack on the former Alaska governor (video follows with transcript and commentary):

JON STEWART, HOST: The former Alaska Governor was actually quite good and likable in this setting. My issue was not with how I viewed Governor Palin as co-host of the Today show. It was mostly with how Governor Palin seemed to view it.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MATT LAUER, TODAY SHOW CO-HOST: Well, we did read a tweet you sent out that said "gonna go rogue and infiltrate some turf." What exactly, what exactly does that mean?

SARAH PALIN: What do you think it means?

[Laughter]

(END VIDEO CLIP)

STEWART: Ooh. Infiltrating the Today show. I think it means you’re cynically exploiting a manufactured notion of yourself as a crusader against a monolithic exclusionary activist liberal media whilst actually enjoying a mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationship with them only to the detriment to the rest of the country.

[Cheers and applause]

STEWART: Seriously, it's the Today show! Do you really believe co-hosting the Today show is entering the lion's den armed only with some Jesus fish earrings and an Iwo Jima-sized flag pin? Seriously, look at that f—king flag pin. If a hamster went to the moon, that is the flag it would plant. [Laughter] That thing's gigantic! [Applause]

But Governor Palin acts like she needs it to protect herself from the lamestream liberals like garlic to a vampire when the truth is, you’re at the Today show! You’re there to: talk about party planning with Tori Spelling; to pretend that you remember who Wilson Phillips is, or; to hang out for some light-hearted couch banter with Matt and Ann and Al instead of acting like you’re sitting with Che and Lenin and Saul Alinsky. You’re pretending this whole appearance is some uncommonly ballsy way of sticking it to the lamestream media. It’s just another place for you to tout your brand of homespun nonsense unchallenged!


Honestly, do you think there's anything this woman could do that would get favorable reviews from the likes of Jon Stewart?

Can anyone explain exactly what Sarah Palin has done to warrant the continued harassment she gets from liberal media members?

For myself, it's this kind of ad hominem attack that led me to stop watching the Daily Show in 2004.

And Stewart points fingers at Palin for dividing the nation.

From my perspective, he is far more guilty of it than the conservatives he mercilessly attacks night in and night out.

(H/T The Blaze)

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.