Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Jon Stewart interview with Douglas Feith

Poor Douglas Feith. The eyes in my village were on him last night, and not in a good way. The former undersecretary of Defense under Rumsfeld has written a book (War and Decision, Harper Collins, 2008). And he obviously wanted to sell a few, badly, because he made one of the best book tour stops in the country last night: The Daily Show.

I wonder if he ever watched The Daily Show before going on. I wonder if he thought Jon Stewart would be polite and cordial (which he is with just about every guest he has on, except those who support the war).* I wonder if he fired his publicist this morning. Because Jon Stewart is everything Tim Russert ought to be, but isn't. The guy just had no place to hide: on the rationale for the war, on the underselling of the risks by this miserable administration, on the war's execution, Feith just could not stop it from coming. See for yourself, here and here.

*According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the Daily Show is very balanced in its guest bookings, with equal numbers of conservatives and liberals. John McCain has been the most frequent guest. See: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1738670,00.html

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