Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Daily Show: "A Tribute to Institutional Competence"

By: Leah Petrovich

Last week I blogged about the suspense building in the country due to the nearing of the one week marker to election day. Well, 75 mph winds came and blew election stories into the gutter.

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the east coast last week causing million dollars of damage and killing nearly 150 people. Sandy's effects are no joke.

However, how did a natural disaster like Sandy effect the election?

The Daily Show was titled, "A Tribute to Institutional Competence" this week due to the decline of political banter and rise of emergency relief to Sandy victims.

Stewart says, "Once you remove political and partisan gamesmanship, performance improves dramatically!"

So far, it seems as if people are pleased with how President Obama has responded to the storm. Here is an article from The Washington Post tracking data of how people feel about the president's performance throughout the disaster.

Something even more interesting than all that poll data is the effect President Obama's response has had on a previously known Romney ally and Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie.

On this weeks episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart shares with viewers that Governor Christie has been known for his support of Romney in this election. Stewart shows a speech given by Christie on October 19 in which he says that President Obama is in a dark room, "clutching for the light switch of leadership, and he just won't find it."
Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey

Yet, after a nine feet storm surge the tables turn.

Stewart then shows a recent news interview where Christie is commending the president's cooperation and acceleration of disaster declaration.  "I guess he found that fucking light switch," Stewart jokes.

The anchors in the news interview bring up the fact that Christie has been a supporter of Romney. "If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don't know me," was Christie's response. A bold remark from a politician, but I'm sure New Jersey hasn't had time to think it over amid mounds of debris.

Comedy Central is advertising their live election night specials on The Daily Show and Colbert Report.
The Daily Show’s “Election Night 2012: This Ends Now” 
and The Colbert Report Presents “Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ‘012!” will both air live on Comedy Central from 11:00-11:30 p.m. ET (8:00-8:30 p.m. PT) and 11:30-midnight ET (8:30-9:00 p.m. PT) respectively. 

Our class will be busy in the newsroom, but these are two episodes that I will definitely be watching later online.

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