Some of you may be wondering how Jon Stewart gets Neoconservatives (let alone conservatives) to appear on his show with such regularity. In fact, since Obama took office, Stewart has had more conservatives appear on his show than liberals. The answer can be found in conservatives own words. Bill Kristol said “He doesn’t take cheap shots. Jon is smart.”
Cliff May, a former spokesman for the Republican Party and a unabashed hawk appeared on the show to talk about torture and said “Literally, this is the best conversation I’ve had on this subject anywhere.” and “He’s a staunch liberal, but he’s a thoughtful liberal, and I respect that.”
John Bolton, Bush’s ambassador to the UN and a Fox News contributor says “He always gives you a chance to answer, which some people don’t do.”
But the bottom line is that Stewart gives conservatives the ability to reach an audience that normally tunes them out. The media in this country has become so polarized, that it has become something of an echo chamber. Or worse, the media dumbs down issues for the lowest common denominator viewer. As Bolton put it “Maybe he’s discovered that interesting discussion attracts viewers.”
Here’s to more spirited, intelligent discussion of issues!