On media matters: CNN+'s 300 million-dollar flop, Jon Stewart loses his sense of humour, and the debut of a candid Canadian TV series, Speaking Freely
"Joe Rogan and his sole producer Young Jamie maintain an audience of millions with their unedited, low-production, marathon-long podcast...."
To the point, during Joe Rogan's latest conversation with Douglas Murray, he noted that as a result of the Spotify brouhaha designed to destroy his career, he gained two million new subscribers.
What many of the late night hosts apparently didn’t learn from Johnny Carson is that it is seen as political humor when it goes both ways but it is seen as politics when it goes only one way.
Oh oh oh excited to hear your interview with Rob Henderson huge fan of him (and of you)
Jon Stewart is no less funny than he was before. The point is you now realize how dull he has always been. He seems less funny because now he is a tragic old man.
Loved that Compact Magazine article you linked! Please do a story on the 6 million political prisoners still in Canada.
Canada: Keep talking about American celebrities ignore the sociopathic journalists at home.
If no one was watching CNN for free, why did they ever think people would pay? Will be interesting to see if their new owners truly pivot them back to hard news.
I wonder if a veto-proof super-majority GOP win in the 2022 election might resurrect Jon Stewart's career. Liberal media consumption seems to need a large dose of rage.
OK, so I watched the trailer for Speaking Freely. "What stories do we want to tell ourselves?"
Seriously? Haven't we heard enough stories already?
Then there's this:
"As we witness the awful scenes of war and displacement in the Ukraine..etc" which links to that bastion of truth and impartiality, the BBC. Given the lies about the vaccine they, and every other western network fed us for the past 2 years, do you seriously expect them to tell the truth about Ukraine? Frankly, anyone who looks to MSM for truth these days has zero credibility, and I guarantee all you're going to get from this guy is more "woke" nonsense. Dissident woke actually, because that's the new woke, and like that Palmolive commercial from the eighties, you're soaking in it.
If you really want something to talk about, why not speak freely about this...
...since it's the single most important issue facing Canada as a nation, i.e. our complicity in mass murder. Oh yes, our own military trained the people who did this, and now we're sending them weapons so they can keep doing it.
Bear in mind that everything in that report happened BEFORE Russia invaded Ukraine. For eight straight years in fact. The situation right now is far worse, and it's only Russians putting a stop to it. The rest of so-called Western Civilization is either enabling it, or turning a blind eye, include our very own dissident left. The New Woke.
Hard to believe, right? Well believe it, because what you see in that report is just the tip of the iceberg. The full tribunal begins in June and I've already seen some of the evidence that will be presented. It is horrific, trust me. Starting this June, a new era in Canadian shame is about to begin, and we're not even over the residential schools yet. Something worth speaking freely about? Or is the truth too hard to face?
I like Netflix shows because you can read a demanding book at the same time and not lose track of the plot on the screen. But, yes, it’s getting rather predictable - you generally know that the villain or dizzy idiot will be a grinning white bloke.
I used to be a fan of Stewart and Colbert too. It seems like the 2000s were a weirdly different time, with far more openess, and far less identity politics. I grew up admiring the "infinite diversity in infinite combinations" motto of Star Trek and the attempt by mass media to be open to different points of view. Now, I'm instantly suspicious of people who use words such as "diversity" and "equity" because I'm pretty sure that behind them is a Nietzschean will-to-power grab, or just plain corruption, as with the Jussie Smollett and Patrice Collors cases. It's strange to go back to mass media (film, TV, comics) from the late nineties up to around 2013 and notice what's NOT there - the culture war hackery of current media. Watch the interviews collected with Peter Jackson's War of the Rings trilology from around 2005 - even with female and gay actors, there's nary a word about represention.
All really interesting things and I look forward to hearing more honest voices out there.
Along with everyone else Jon Stewart’s implosion is disappointing and probably predictable. He had to compete with the youngsters for an audience. His current irrelevance is testimony to his insecurity. On the other hand; “conservatives”, they don’t really exist anymore. They/we have been replaced by reactionary nut bags regurgitating conspiracies about the big lie and other sorts of imbecilities. Makes one wish for a simpler political time - say Clinton vs Newt circa 1994.
How can we watch "Speaking Freely" in the US?