Fame and Glory are Mine: I am Finally on the Daily Show

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My dream has finally come true: I’ve appeared on the Daily Show! Sadly, I missed this when it flashed on the screen last night, but apparently one of my blog posts was used as an on-screen example in John Oliver’s bit about the rise of incivility in the media.

What’s double-plus-great about this is that they took it completely out of context! Not only is that post over a year old, but I’m calling my own side idiots. See, I’m a Democrat. It’s true that the post itself asked, “What in God’s name are the morons who pass for leaders of the Democratic Party thinking?” And I guess that wasn’t very civil. But it was my own peeps I was calling out. Aren’t we even allowed to use colorful language within the family anymore?

Anyway, that’s irony #1. Irony #2 is that I’m pretty sure I’ve called Republicans much, much worse on multiple occasions. So why not use one of those posts?

And irony #3? The whole bit was an interview with Froma Harrop, who’s apparently in charge of a media initiative to restore civility but nonetheless said last year that tea party leaders have engaged in economic terrorism for holding the debt limit hostage. Pretty uncivil! Well, it turns out that I know Froma. Sort of. We sat next to each other for a couple of hours last June and shared the experience of not winning a Loeb award in the same category. She seemed very nice.

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