Friday, October 22, 2010

Report from the Zoo

Bad Monkey!

“The [more] you spend time with the political [world] and media, the less political you become and the more viscerally upset you become at corruption.... I’m less upset with politicians than [with] the media. I feel like politicians . . . the way I explain it is, when you go to a zoo and a monkey throws feces, it’s a monkey. But when the zookeeper is standing right there and he doesn’t say, ‘Bad monkey’—somebody's gotta be the zookeeper. I feel much more strongly about the abdication of responsibility by the media than by political advocates. They’re representing a constituency.... [W]hat has changed is the media's sense of their ability to be responsible arbiters. I think they feel fearful. I think there’s this whole idea now that there's a liberal media conspiracy, and I think they feel if they express any authority or judgment, which is what I imagine is editorial control, they will be vilified.”
—Jon Stewart, host, The Daily Show, and social commentator,
interview w/ Terry Gross on “Fresh Air,” Oct. 4, 2010

Editor’s Note: Monkey poo as editorial comment?

PeezPix: Cutler Marsh—The Bear River wanders through Cache Valley, Northern Utah

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  1. I prefer listening to the media then the actual politicians because I trust the media more then them. (That's sad!!)

    Romina Nedakovic

  2. I keep a large bag of monkey poo in the freezer. When I make an editorial comment, I want it to sting a bit.

  3. He's correct to a degree, but he's overlooking complicity of a lazy minded electorate. I place just as much blame on them for swallowing the monkey poo as I do on the media for ignoring it.

    Jim Slade