August 15, 2007
Tricky softball interview

Jon Stewart spends a lot of time on The Daily Show making fun of softball news interviews - and ironically mainly does softball interviews on his own show. He very rarely argues with his guest - at best he does a "it's obvious you don't like me and I don't like you" kind of oppositional satirical softball - but only rarely with any real intent of winning the argument. The other day when he was talking to Tal Ben Shahar he did something odd: The friendly softball-looking interview, but with a constant undercurrent of "'re full of shit. This is just self evident, self pleasing self help drivel". It was odd to follow.

Posted by Claus at August 15, 2007 12:50 AM | TrackBack (0)
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Well spotted! I saw that interview and thought Steward was "off" in it, and what you point out above was exactly what felt wrong about it.

I've seen/heard Tal Ben Shahar in other contexts and he certainly doesn't strike me as a softball professor (to stay with the metaphor) or a way to an easy credit for the students.

Posted by: Jan Karlsbjerg on August 15, 2007 10:18 AM
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