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how to shame the American news media, Daily Show style


I just caught up on the past two weeks of The Daily Show (and The Colbert Report), and I am blown away by the segments in which Jason Jones travels to India to cover their recent election. He talked to ordinary Indian citizens. He contrasted Western bigotries and attitudes toward an enormous and culturally varied nation with the realities he discovered on the ground. He highlighted the absurdities — which, to be fair, do exist, but they’re different from American political absurdities.

It was hilarious. It was informative. It offered the best American reporting on an event that will have global impact, and on you, even if you’re totally ignorant of everything outside the U.S. (It was better than anything I saw on British news, too.)

Shame on everyone else, and kudos to Comedy Central and The Daily Show and Jason Jones.

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