Veiled Criticism

  • Aired:  01/13/11
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Americans entrusted Tucson with giving a voice to the nation's grief, and, boy, did they let America down. (8:18)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW".

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WHAT A PROGRAM TONIGHT.

THE DIRECTOR RON HOWARD WILL BE

JOINING US LATER ON IN THE

PROGRAM.

FIRST LET'S GET TO THE TOP

STORY.

IT'S BEEN FIVE DAYS SINCE THE

TERRIBLE EVENTS IN TUCSON,

ARIZONA, AND LAST NIGHT THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

PAID HIS RESPECTS SPEAKING TO AN

AUDIENCE OF THOUSANDS AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA.

THE PRESIDENT PLAYED THE ROLE OF

MOURNER IN CHIEF.

>> OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN BY

THEIR SUDDEN PASSING.

OUR HEARTS AREñr BROKEN.

>> Jon: THE PRESIDENT PLAYED

THE ROLE OF CONSOLER IN CHIEF.

>> GABBY OPENED HER EYES FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GABBY OPENED HER EYES FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: AND THE PRESIDENT

PLAYED THE ROLE OF INSPIRER IN

CHIEF.

>> IF THIS TRAGEDY PROMPTS

REFLECTION AND DEBATE, AS IT

SHOULD, LET'S MAKE SURE IT'S

WORTHY OF THOSE WE HAVE LOST.

[ APPLAUSE ]

LET'S MAKE SURE IT'S NOT ON THE

USUAL PLANE OF POLITICS AND

POINT SCORING AND PETTINESS THAT

DRIFTS AWAY IN THE NEXT NEWS

CYCLE.

>> Jon: IT WAS A MESSAGE NOT

LOST ON THE PURVEYORS THE OF THE

NEXT NEWS CYCLE WHO ACROSS

POLITICAL LINES PRAISED THE

SPEECH FOR NEARLY TWO TO THREE

MINUTES BEFORE ALLOWING

POLITICS, POINT SCORING AND

PETTINESS TO KICK OFF THE

REUNION TOUR.

>> WE SAW BARACK OBAMA AT HIS

FINEST.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA DID A

WONDERFUL JOB.

>> I THOUGHT THE SPEECH WAS

PARTICULARLY COURAGEOUS.

>> DO YOU HAVE TO QUESTION THE

TIMING OF IT.

>> Jon: NO, NO, YOU DON'T HAVE

TO.

[LAUGHTER]

WE'RE NOT A PRIMITIVE PEOPLE

CAPABLE ONLY OF RESPONSE TO

OUTSIDE STIMULI.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE YOU WENT TO

OBERLIN.

ONCE IT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT THE

PRESIDENT SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERED

A HEALTHY INFUSION OF SUPPORT,

INSPIRATION AND COMFORT TO A

COMMUNITY IN DIRE NEED THERE WAS

NOTHING LEFT TO DO TO WONDER

ABOUT THE SEATING ARRANGEMENT.

>> I THOUGHT IT WAS STRANGE THEY

DIDN'T PUT THE PEOPLE THAT

TACKLED THE SHOOTER WHY WEREN'T

THEY IN THE FIRST TWO ROWS.

>> WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF

THEY HAD THEM IN THE FRONT ROW.

>> Jon: YEAH, YEAH THAT WOULD

HAVE MADE IT MUCH BETTER.

THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT A BETTER

SHOW.

IT'S A MEMORIAL SERVICE, NOT THE

EMMYS.

[LAUGHTER]

EVEN THE BLESSING BY DR. CAR

LOGE GONZALEZ A MEMBER OF THE U

OF A FACULTY AND THE YAQUI

TRIBE.

>> I COME TO GIVE A BLESSING.

>> THE NATIVE AMERICAN WHO

OPENED UP THE SHOW WHICH I FOUND

VERY STRANGE.

>> Jon: IT'S NOT A SHOW!

[LAUGHTER]

HE DIDN'T OPEN UP A SHOW!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

IT'S MOURNING WITH A U.

YOU ARE CONFUSING A MORNING SHOW

WHICH YOU ARE ON WITH A SHOW OF

MOURNING WHICH IS WHAT THIS IS.

DIDN'T YOU WONDER WHY NO ONE

THREW TO COMMERCIAL?

VETERAN JOURNALIST BRIT HUME WAS

MORE PERPLEXED.

>> REVEREND GONZALEZ BLESSED THE

REPTILES OF SEA, PRAYED TO THE

FOUR DOORS OFjI'M SURE IT'S AN HONORABLE

TRADITION WITH HIS PEOPLE IT WAS

MOST PA CUELLAR.

>> Jon: YEAH, YEAH, I LIKE MY

BENEDICTION LIKE I LIKE MY

COFFEE, CHRISTIAN.

[LAUGHTER]

I HAVE TO SAY, I ALSO THINK THE

PEOPLE OF ARIZONA MADE A DIRE

MISTAKE AFTERWARDS EATING

SANDWICHES AND A CORN PANCAKE

INSTEAD OF ON A MORE AMERICAN

SLICE OF BREAD.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT IF THERE WAS ONE THING

EVERYONE AGREED ON IT WAS THAT

THE MEMORIAL SERVICE AUDIENCE.

[BLEEPED]

IT UP FOR EVERYONE.

>> THE STUDENTS AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA DIDN'T GET

THE MESSAGE.

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE AT A PEP

RALLY.

>> THE AUDIENCE, MOSTLY STUDENTS

WAS REACTING WITH CHEERS AND÷úÑi

YELLS IN WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE

A SOLEMN MEMORIAL.

>> IT TURNED INTO A PEP RALLY.

>> YOU CAN EITHER HAVE A PEP

RALLY OR A MEMORIAL SERVICE.

YOU CAN'T HAVE BOTH AT THE SAME

TIME.

>> Jon: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO

AN IRISH WAKE?

I HAVE NEVER BEEN SADDER AND

LAUGHED HARDER IN MY LIFE.

I GOT NEWS FOR YOU GUYS: AMEN

AIN'T THAT FAR FROM WOOHOO.

FOR MORE ON THE TUCSON MEMORIAL

SERVICE WE GO TO SAMANTHA BEE

AND JOHNER HAVE.

THANK YOU -- JOHNER HAVE.

I -- JOHN OLIVER.

I WAS TOUCHED.

IT SEEMED LIKE WHAT THE

COMMUNITY NEEDED.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE

CRITICISM OF THE CROWD AT A

MEMORIAL SERVICE?

>> I THINK IT WAS ABSOLUTELY

APPROPRIATE, JON.

WE UNTRUSTED TUCSON WITH GIVING

A -- ENTRUSTED TUCSON WITH

GIVING A VOICE TO OUR NATION'S

GRIEF AND BOY, DID THEY LET US

DOWN.

>> JOHN OLIVER IS RIGHT THEY

RUINED THE MEMORIAL SERVICE.

>> THEY WERE TERRIBLE.

I PERSONALLY WAS OWE OFFENDED.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT, BROW BEATING

THEM ISN'T THE ANSWER.

THEY NEED CONSTRUCTIVE

CRITICISM.

>> Jon: YOU ARE GIVING NOTES

TO MOURNERS.

>> IN MY BUSINESS WE SAY WE'RE

HELPING THEM WITH THE OPTICS.

MAY I?

WHY DON'T WE START WITH THAT

STUPID ORANGE FLAG ON THE STAGE.

HELLO, TACKY.

[LAUGHTER]

NO, NO.

>> Jon: THAT'S THE STATE FLAG

OF ARIZONA.

>> OKAY.

BUT IT'S INAPPROPRIATE FOR A

NATIONAL AUDIENCE.

>> ABSOLUTELY, SAM.

TAOUS TAOUS TIEW THEY MADE IT

ABOUT THEMSELVES.

I HAVEN'T CHECKED TUCSON'S

APPROVAL NUMBER BUT I BET THE

NEGATIVES ARE WAY UP.

WAY UP.

>> IT'S AN EASY FIX.

NEXT TIME YOU SUFFER A SHOCKING$çñr

UNEXPECTED TRAGEDY REMEMBER A

FEW PIECES OF BLACK CREPE CHANGE

THE WHOLE MOOD.

>> THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THIS OVER HERE

>> NONE OTHER THAN SIR ELTON

JOHN.

NO ONE PERSONALIZES A SAD SONG

TO YOUR TRAGIC EVENT LIKE THIS

70s HIT MAKER.

>> THAT WAS GREAT BUT IT DOESN'T

CHANGE THE FACT THAT THE PEOPLE

DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO PUBLICLY

GRIEVE TO OUR EXPECTATIONS.

>>S THEY A GREAT QUESTION, JOHN.

THAT'S WHY I'VE TAKEN THE

LIBERTY OF REPLACING THE PEOPLE

OF TUCSON WITH ITALIAN WIDOWS.

>> GREAT CHOICE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> SUCH A GREAT CHOICE, SAM.

>> THANK YOU.

>> SUCH A GREAT CHOICE.

THOSE WOMEN KNOW HOW TO WAIL.

>> Jon: THIS IS TERRIBLE.

WE WEREN'T THERE.

WE DON'T KNOW THE CONTEXT IN

WHICH THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE.

THE GROVE AND CATHARSIS ARE NOT

UNIVERSAL IN HOW THEY ARE

EXPRESSED.

YOU ARE FOCUSING ON THE WRONG

THINGS.

I'M APPALLED THE YOU AND -- AT

YOU AND THE WAY IT'S BEEN

DISSECTED.

I'M SORRY.

>> WHOA WHOA WHOA, OKAY.

>> OKAY.

>> YOU MADE YOUR POINT.

MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT.

MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT.

INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT THE OPT

ICS AND THE

SUPERFICIALALITIES WE SHOULD BE

FOCUSING ON HOW THIS EFFECTS THE

2012 ELECTRIC.

>> THIS HAS TO GIVE A HUGE BOOST

TO

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