PBS strikes back!

In an odd cultural moment (for me at least, as a watcher of both shows) PBS’s NewsHour fired back at Comedy Central’s Daily Show yesterday. Jon Stewart mocked Paul Solman’s (deliberately) low-budget explanation of credit default swaps a few months ago. I imagine Solman, in stereotypical PBS fashion, patiently and thoughtfully considering the situation for a few months and then, in the context of actually supplying information, poking back:

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We can only hope the Daily Show will respond. Nothing like watching the hippest of the hip and the smartest of the smart go at it. Seriously, The Daily Show’s stylish, quick irony vs. The News Hour’s calm, self-assured and totally uncool competence — this is a fascinating little cultural interchange.

3 Responses to “PBS strikes back!”

  1. 1 periphery February 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Dude, this was awesome! Thanks for posting.

  2. 2 withastone February 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Does it qualify as fighting the forces of hyper-irony?

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