It shouldn't surprise me that ideologues are having so much a problem taking their thumping that they need to find blame else where than within their own rank and to find Machiavellian characters to justify what has happened to them. Rusty Shakleford on the Townhall site has an article, which argues that Jon Stewart made Americans vote for democrats by helping them deform reality. Money quote:
John Stewart is the Rush Limbaugh, and faux news the talk radio of 2006. [...] While Jon Stewart may attempt to play the non-partisan comedian, he fails miserably. His viewers are all too aware of his Democratic partisanship and liberal leanings. He explicitly endorsed John Kerry in 2004 during an interview with the presidential candidate. Conservatives are lampoon for being conservative, liberals for not being liberal enough.
One of the most important ways this bias comes out on The Daily Show is the constant slander of Fox News. I also see that disdain among vocal college students. It's likely that many college students did not like Fox News before they became faux news junkies. But The Daily Show gives them the confidence to voice those opinions. It empowers them.
Voters in this election cited the war in Iraq as one of the main issues that drove them to the polls. And when it comes to the war in Iraq, The Daily Show has only a single point of view: it is bad.
The almost nightly segment called Mess O' Potamia constantly reminds young people that things have not gone as planned in Iraq. For Stewart, that the Iraqwar was a mistake is not a matter of opinion, it is empirical fact. For instance, in his opening monologue on election eve coverage Stewart opened up with, "Can Karl Rove's tactical genius overcome, let's say, reality?" For example, "the Iraq war" and "Republican corruption."
Jon Stewart is the voice of the new-rationalism of the Left, his is a front for the self-proclaimed reality based community. There is reality as it really is, and then there is reality as portrayed by Fox News and the Bush Administration. That is the world according the The Daily Show.
And this "reality" is the source of much of the humor on The Daily Show. The jokes are not so much about surprising the audience with the unexpected, but panders to liberal conventional wisdom. It is the expected jab at conservative values that adds humor.
Thus, young Americans are idiots who can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy. It is that inability, which explains why in spite of the fact that everything is going well, they voted for the Democrats. I have more faith in America's youth than Shackleford for I believe that they are able to think from themselves and to decide from themselves. Shackleford doesn't want to do some self-examination so he is claiming that voters were indoctrinated like David Horowitz when he argues that liberal professors are teaching young Americans to hate their country. Their main point isn't just ridiculous, but ideological and stupid. After all, the Daily show isn't new and yet, the Republicans were able to control all the branches of government and to win the last two presidential elections. Are Americans just becoming more stupid or does the fact that they are unhappy with the direction of the country turning them against those in power? The difference between Rush Limbaugh and Jon Stewart is that Jon Stewart knows that he is the anchor of faux news and sees his role not as to promote one side, but to hold politicians accountable.