Schtick Handling


Globe & Mail columnist Konrad Yakabuski laments the fact that Daily Show host Jon Stewart “skewered only one-half of the political spectrum.” Mr. Stewart’s whole schtick, however, wasn’t to direct his satire equally across the political spectrum—it was to mock and deride idiotic ideas, wherever they came from. As it turns out, the conservative/Tea Party/Fox News/GOP side of the spectrum has had more than its fair share of them. Just because there are “two sides” to a debate doesn’t mean that criticism needs to fall halfway in between: it’s possible for one side to just be wrong and deserve more criticism than the other.