Liberal Writer Lee Fang Exposes the Liberal Cringe that Kicked Off the 2010s

The Intercept's Lee Fang wrote a scathing comment on The Daily Show political hosts's 2010 attempt at a political rally.


Here’s looking at you Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

The Intercept‘s Lee Fang wrote a scathing comment on The Daily Show political hosts’s 2010 attempt at a political rally, the “Rally to Restore Sanity.”

“I remember going to this rally and feeling sickened to my stomach about how vapid it was, good reminder of how awful this entire brand of politics was for our country and liberalism in particular,” wrote Fang.

Fang was responding to an article in The New Republic by Alex Shepard.

“It’s elaborate political theater that nominally appeals to better angels but really signals that liberals are smarter and gentler than conservatives and that, deep down, the rest of the country agrees with them,” wrote Shepard.

Shepard also wrote of Stewart’s lameness to throw a real political punch, writing the idea of fighting for what they believe in was “too gauche for many Democrats.”

I personally experienced the lameness of Jon Stewart when I questioned Senator John Kerry and his refusal to hold President George W. Bush to account for the false information he used to take America into wars in the Middle East.

When my questions to Senator Kerry were the talk of the nation during the “Don’t Tase Me Bro” incident, Stewart stood with the political establishment, and called my questions “student douchebaggery.”

In the trailer for my book on the incident, Stewart’s smug comment is noticeably effete and vile when shown next to my questions to Kerry.

My book, Don’t Tase Me Bro! Real Questions, Fake News, And My Life As A Meme sprang out of the failure of corporate media elites to question establishment politicians or hold them to account. It is available in the Culttture store.

The authenticity gap in media and politics, and the recognition of it by Main Street America, is what has made outsider candidates on both sides of the aisle, such as President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders, into forces to be reckoned with politically, and opened the door for independent media. The desire for media and political figures who fight for what they truly believe in has opened the door like never before in American history for populism and swept aside the need for political credentialism.

Kanye West and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson are stronger candidates to run for high office in 2024 than typical establishment figures precisely because they appear to be fresh outsiders to the dirty world of politics.

Independent media organizations are now found by the public to be more trustworthy than corporate news, and not even the corporate comedians delivering news in a just kidding, but not really fashion are getting a pass anymore.


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