Priorities USA

  • Aired:  05/23/13
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The Obama administration believes in freedom of the press -- just not freedom of speech for people who might talk to the press. (4:29)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: HEY, EVERYBODY!

WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW," MY

NAME IS JON STEWART!

WE HAVE A GOOD ONE FOR YOU

TONIGHT.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, THE GREAT

MORGAN FREEMAN IS GOING TO BE

JOINING US!

BUT FIRST --

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

BUT FIRST, NONFICTIONAL

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA GAVE A

MAJOR ADDRESS ON

COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY THIS

AFTERNOON AT WASHINGTON'S

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY.

ACTUAL SAFETY SCHOOL.

(LAUGHTER)

ALL RIGHT.

IN THE SPEECH PRESIDENT OBAMA

QUESTIONED HOW OUR OVERZEALOUS

PROSECUTION OF THE WAR ON TERROR

AND THE PRISON AT GUANTANAMO BAY

MAY BE AFFECTING OUR SOULS.

>> LOOK AT THE CURRENT SITUATION

WHERE WE ARE FORCE FEEDING

DETAINEES WHO ARE BEING HELD ON

A HUNGER STRIKE.

IS THIS WHO WE ARE?

IS THAT SOMETHING OUR FOUNDERS

FORESAW?

>> Jon: OH, I DON'T KNOW.

(LAUGHTER)

I ACTUALLY THINK ON A SCALE OF

"FOUNDERS FORESAW" PRISONER

MISTREATMENT WOULD TAKE A

BACKSEAT TO "BLACK PRESIDENT."

(LAUGHTER)

I THINK THE FIRST THING THEY

WOULD SAY IS "WHO'S THAT GUY?"

AND "WILL HE GET ME A SANDWICH?"

(LAUGHTER)

BUT IT IS A GOOD POINT, HOW A

NATION AND ITS LEADERS REACT TO

THREATS BOTH EXTERNAL AND

INTERNAL SAYS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT

THAT ADMINISTRATION'S VALUES AND

IDEALS.

AND WHILE IT'S HARD TO JUDGE AN

ADMINISTRATION BY THE ACTIONS IT

SAYS IT WANTS TO TAKE BUT CAN'T,

PERHAPS WE CAN LEARN SOMETHING

ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION FROM

THE ACTIONS IT SAYS IT WON'T

TAKE BUT DOES AS WE SEE IN OUR

NEW SEGMENT "PRIORITIES U.S.A."

(LAUGHTER)

IN THE ADMINISTRATION'S SEARCH

FOR LAW AND ORDER --

(LAUGHTER).

-- I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE

SHOW, I'M JUST TALKING ABOUT --

THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN

VERY CLEAR ABOUT ITS VALUES.

>> A FREE PRESS IS ALSO

ESSENTIAL FOR OUR DEMOCRACY.

JOURNALISTS SHOULD NOT BE AT

LEGAL RISK FOR DOING THEIR JOBS.

>> THE WAY TO MAKE GOVERNMENT

RESPONSIBLE IS TO HOLD IT

ACCOUNTABLE.

>> I WANT EVERYBODY TREATED

FAIRFULLY THIS COUNTRY.

TRANSPARENCY AND THE RULE OF LAW

WILL BE THE TOUCHSTONES OF THIS

PRESIDENCY.

>> Jon: WHAT THE -- HE DIDN'T

EVEN SAY IT!

ALL RIGHT, WELL, THOSE ARE

EXCELLENT VALUES.

LET'S SEE HOW THOSE VALUES HAVE

BEEN EXPRESSED.

>> THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS

PROSECUTED MORE GOVERNMENT

OFFICIALS FOR ALLEGED LEAKS THAN

ANY OTHER ADMINISTRATION BEFORE

IT.

>> Jon: HE DID BELIEVE IN

FREEDOM OF THE PERES.

JUST NOT FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR

PEOPLE WHO MIGHT TALK TO THE

PRESS.

AND ABOUT THAT FREEDOM OF THE

PRESS --

>> THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS

SNOOPING ON JOURNALISTS.

>> THE FEDS HAVE TRACKED MORE

THAN 20 PHONE LINES USED BY THE

ASSOCIATED PRESS.

>> FOX NEWS CHIEF WASHINGTON

CORRESPONDENT JAMES ROSEN, THE

F.B.I. NAMING HIM A CRIMINAL

COCONSPIRATOR IN THE LEAK.

>> AGENTS MONITORED ROSEN'S

MOVEMENT MOVEMENTS IN AND OUT OF

THE STATE DEPARTMENT, THEY

SEARCHED HIS PERSONAL E-MAILS

AND COMBED THROUGH HIS CELL

PHONE RECORDS.

>> Jon: BUT THAT'S JUST THEM

EXHIBITING THE VALUE OF

FAIRNESS!

(LAUGHTER)

IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO AFTER

WHISTLE-BLOWERS, YOU ALSO GOT TO

GO AFTER THOSE WHO HAVE HAD

THEIR WHISTLES BLOWN!

(LAUGHTER)

THAT IS NOT HOW I WANTED TO SAY

THAT.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M SORRY, NATIONAL SECURITY IS

IMPORTANT AND I'M SURE THE FULL

COURT PERES ON THIS ROSEN

CHARACTER, THIS ROSEN REPORTER

WAS IN THE SERVICE OF PROTECTING

SOME PRETTY PRETTY SENSITIVE

INFORMATION.

>> FOX NEWS REPORTERS JAMES

ROSEN VOWED WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO

PROTECT HIS SOURCE FOR A SCOOP

HE GOT BACK IN 2009 REPORTING

THEN NORTH KOREA WOULD RESPOND

TO SANCTIONS WITH MORE NUCLEAR

TESTS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THAT'S IT?

THAT'S THE LEAK THEY NEEDED TO

QUASH?

NORTH KOREA TO ANSWER SANCTIONS

WITH MORE NUCLEAR TESTS?

NORTH KOREA ANSWERS EVERYTHING

WITH MORE NUCLEAR TESTS!

THAT'S -- THEY HAVE A NUCLEAR

TEST-BASED ECONOMY!

(LAUGHTER)

WHAT OTHER BIG JAMES ROSEN

SCOOPS ARE THREATENING NATIONAL

SECURITY?

TURKEY THE COUNTRY DIFFERENT

FROM TURKEY THE BIRD!

(LAUGHTER)

BABIES MAKE TERRIBLE SOUS CHEFS!

JON STEWART IS JEWISH!

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