yesterday jon stewart blew it

he was trying to interview the guy who wrote the brief that allowed the bush administration to waterboard and etc. but the guy was so smooth and subtley eloquent that stewart couldnt do that gotcha journalism that everyone frets about.

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today he did something incredible. he admitted that he failed us as an interviewer. how rare is that.

truth of the matter is he underestimated his guest mr john yoo. the other truth is his yoo knew how stewart was going to attck and in return easily and gracefully took the question and returned serve in a way that neither denied nor objected to the question/statement and replied in a way that made you feel deceptively satisfied.

so not only was he the right guy to appear on the daily show, but he was definately the right guy to write a brief on why “enhanced” interrogations were kosher.

id read his book but now he frightens me with his slowball changeup hypnosis of persuasion.

the interview can be found on little green footballs.

is it a good thing if “‘the factor’ audience likes you”?

is it something that little girls and little boys should aspire for?

what do you want to be when you grow up billy? “id like to be a fireman, a policeman, or liked by the audience of The Factor”

what they should want is to be screwed over by Jay Leno because im telling you right now if Conan O’Brien wanted to run for president, hed win right now. america loves him and feels bad for him and never loved his show more than this week.

they might even start watching it.

meanwhile i need to invest in popcorn cuz i cannot wait for the sarah palin show on fox.