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(Telegraph)   Tony Blair, who legitimized President Bush's war in Iraq, will appear on "The Daily Show" this week. Hilarity almost surely will ensue   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 106
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2008-09-16 09:22:24 PM
Does he know what the Daily Show is? This should be good..
 
2008-09-16 09:38:46 PM
If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.
 
2008-09-16 09:46:29 PM
Stewart will toss him softballs underhanded like he has for other high profile guests.
 
2008-09-16 09:55:18 PM
"hey tony...why did you suck bush off"

-that's all i want to hear.

everthing else is a waste of air time.
 
2008-09-16 09:56:43 PM
"everything"...that is.

never type with anger...
 
2008-09-16 10:01:54 PM
Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show.

The show is 10 years old. Stewart took over hosting 8 years ago.
 
2008-09-16 11:37:41 PM
Churchill2004: If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.

Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.
 
2008-09-16 11:38:16 PM
QUICK on his feet, quick
 
2008-09-16 11:56:18 PM
Gwendolyn: Churchill2004: If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.

Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.


He's what we call 'intelligent and articulate'... a lost art in American politics. It's either one or the other.
 
2008-09-17 12:38:48 AM
Gwendolyn: Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart

One of the very few things I've seen John McCain propose that I really like is having the President go before Congress for questions like that, preferably weekly like in Britain. One of the worst things Bush has done is taken what was an already dangerously powerful and overinflated office and isolate it behind a veil from not only the real world, but from any critical thinking and dissent. I think this could help bring the President back down to Earth at least a little bit, and force him to think about, or at least acknowledge, criticism. We've got to do something. We're not that far off from having to make sure not to turn our back when in the Presidential Presence.

Plus, we'd get to see actual unscripted interaction between top politicians. That's something we're really missing in American politics. It sure as hell doesn't happen on the floor of Congress, and very rarely in committee hearings.
 
2008-09-17 02:02:56 AM
Bauer: "hey tony...why did you suck bush off"

-that's all i want to hear.

everthing else is a waste of air time.


i236.photobucket.com
 
2008-09-17 04:13:18 AM
cambie: Stewart will toss him softballs underhanded like he has for other high profile guests.

Yeah. He's acknowledged that he's not in the business of really, REALLY calling people out. He's a comedy guy. I'm sure he'll throw in a barb or two but he's not going to put this guy's feet to the fire or anything.
 
2008-09-17 04:15:44 AM
lajimi:

Oh my!
 
2008-09-17 04:17:57 AM
He's probably thinking it's like the Daily Mail, and he's hoping for some racy babe pics.
 
2008-09-17 04:18:05 AM
I get all my science knowledge and stuff from the the Daily Show.
 
2008-09-17 04:18:27 AM
Gwendolyn: Churchill2004: If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.

Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.


I remember hearing that the Prime Minister receives the questions in advance.

Even if this is true... They don't float softballs during question time.
 
2008-09-17 04:21:19 AM
Kome: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show.

The show is 10 years old. Stewart took over hosting 8 years ago.


The show is over 12 years old, and Stewart assumed the helm 10 years ago this coming January.
 
2008-09-17 04:29:05 AM
Relatively Obscure: Yeah. He's acknowledged that he's not in the business of really, REALLY calling people out. He's a comedy guy. I'm sure he'll throw in a barb or two but he's not going to put this guy's feet to the fire or anything.

Not necessarily. If he believes someone has really gone into crazytown and deserves to be grilled, he'll grill them. He lit into John McCain last time he was on. It's hard to predict when he'll feel it's necessary, though.

/completely softballed Rick Santorum, which is not nearly as gay as it sounds
 
2008-09-17 04:30:21 AM
cue daily show/jon stewart circle jerk and the other dudes who call everyone who watches the show a brainwashed liberal douchewad.
i like the show, its not my only source of information by any stretch.
that is gonna be a fun interview.
 
2008-09-17 04:36:30 AM
Tr0mBoNe
Gwendolyn: Churchill2004: If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.

Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.


/successful and attractive
He's what we call 'intelligent and articulate'... a lost art in American politics. It's either one or the other.


You forgot "clean."
 
2008-09-17 04:36:40 AM
Danger Avoid Death: Kome: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show.

The show is 10 years old. Stewart took over hosting 8 years ago.

The show is over 12 years old, and Stewart assumed the helm 10 years ago this coming January.


The show is 44 years old. Stewart started hosting in '83. Check your facts. Sheesh.
 
2008-09-17 04:37:22 AM
dern slash-comment outta place.... ergh.
 
2008-09-17 04:38:38 AM
FTFA: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show. Guests have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Kerry and Jimmy Carter.

More proof that Republicans have no sense of humor.



/zing
 
2008-09-17 04:40:01 AM
I disagree with his political views, but Jon Stewart is a funny, funny man.
 
2008-09-17 04:53:05 AM
Gwendolyn: Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.

Then again, Stewart can inconvinience and probe him in ways that parliment's rules would prevent. He can make him look like an idiot.
 
2008-09-17 05:02:47 AM
Richard Saunders: I disagree with his political views, but Jon Stewart is a funny, funny man.

I stand corrected!

/?
 
2008-09-17 05:03:06 AM
As long as he treats him like he did tucker carlson, I'll be fine with it.
 
2008-09-17 05:03:48 AM
Mr Logo: Then again, Stewart can inconvinience and probe him in ways that parliment's rules would prevent.

I'm all for rules preventing probing.
 
2008-09-17 05:03:48 AM
Gwendolyn: Churchill2004: If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.

Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.



I love watching the PM questions. We need something like that in the States.
 
2008-09-17 05:16:33 AM
Ambiturnal: FTFA: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show. Guests have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Kerry and Jimmy Carter.

More proof that Republicans have no sense of humor.


He's had his share of Republicans on as well. Newt Gingrich has been on several times that I recall.
 
2008-09-17 05:17:34 AM
Tr0mBoNe: Gwendolyn: Churchill2004: If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.

Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.

He's what we call 'intelligent and articulate'... a lost art in American politics. It's either one or the other.


Very true. He's a charmer. Good with words, and charismatic. For a good ten years he managed to talk his way out of some tight squeezes, but despite all this he's really just a shyster. He was lucky enough to fool people with his reasonably likeable nature. I feel sorry for Brown though, he has no charm at all, can't talk his way out of anything, and is unable to disguise the shortcomings of his leadership like Blair did.

i232.photobucket.com
 
2008-09-17 05:26:37 AM
theurge14: Ambiturnal: FTFA: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show. Guests have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Kerry and Jimmy Carter.

More proof that Republicans have no sense of humor.

He's had his share of Republicans on as well. Newt Gingrich has been on several times that I recall.


He got better.
 
2008-09-17 05:28:41 AM
red headed stranger: Gwendolyn: Churchill2004: If Musharaff could handle it, I'm pretty sure Tony Blair can handle it.

Did you ever watch a session of parlament on C-span when they were grilling Tony Blair? He handled himself very well and showed intelligence I've not seen in a Presidential candidate. He was sucik on his feet and had to recall a ton of facts without a teleprompter or an aid whispering in his ear. I'm sure he can handle Jon Stewart.

I love watching the PM questions. We need something like that in the States.


PM Questions is one of the most entertaining things you can see on television. A load of old men throwing thinly veiled insults at the other side, but always in a misleadingly formal manner. I love it. And you're right, it's a great way to hold a leader to task over something. You really need to be good on your feet and have your facts right. If it was introduced in the US, I'm sure you'd see a rise in the quality of candidates. Bush, McCain and even Obama wouldn't stand a chance in an arena like that.

In Ireland we have the same set-up, and there's nothing like a bit of Leader's Questions (why does every country with a head of government called Leader seem like some sort of Communist dictatorship?) to highlight how inept a politician is. Take this link for example. (new window) Our former lPM doesn't know that Cavan (one of our more northern counties) is part of the Republic. To put that in perspective, that's like the POTUS thinking Idaho is part of Canada. Imagine the goofs that Bush would have made in a situation like that. It would make for tragic comedy.
 
2008-09-17 05:29:38 AM
Remember: There is no terrorism. It is all a lie.
 
2008-09-17 05:33:08 AM
red headed stranger: I love watching the PM questions. We need something like that in the States.

That is one of the advantages over the US system of government. The leader cannot hide from scrutiny. Moreover, you couldn't have a Palin in the UK. Any candidate for PM must come from the parliment, so they can't hide from scrutiny beforehand. Then once a person is elected, if they are a poor performer, they can be removed by their own party.
 
2008-09-17 05:37:53 AM
Danger Avoid Death: Kome: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show.

The show is 10 years old. Stewart took over hosting 8 years ago.

The show is over 12 years old, and Stewart assumed the helm 10 years ago this coming January.


Its been 10 years since Craig Kilborn threw his career down the toilet? Boy, time does fly.
 
2008-09-17 05:57:39 AM
It would be fantastic to see him grill Blair in the Jeremy Paxman style but it is an entertainment show. Even if he tried he'd probably fail, as Bliar is such a slippery customer.

Seriously, Paxman treats all politicians with such equal contempt that it is a joy. Am sure you can find him on Youtube etc. tearing these mendacious and evasive farks new ones.
 
2008-09-17 06:02:43 AM
Wax_on_Wax_off: It would be fantastic to see him grill Blair in the Jeremy Paxman style but it is an entertainment show. Even if he tried he'd probably fail, as Bliar is such a slippery customer.

Seriously, Paxman treats all politicians with such equal contempt that it is a joy. Am sure you can find him on Youtube etc. tearing these mendacious and evasive farks new ones.


i love that clip of paxman asking the same question ten times. just his expression of utter contempt makes me all warm and fuzzy.
 
2008-09-17 06:09:57 AM
it's very funny, often, but it's more D propaganda than O RLY is R propaganda... well, equally so, anyhow.
 
2008-09-17 06:13:06 AM
Danger Avoid Death: Kome: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show.

The show is 10 years old. Stewart took over hosting 8 years ago.

The show is over 12 years old, and Stewart assumed the helm 10 years ago this coming January.


Oh... wow. I guess I had been confused when they did the "10 F*cking Years" segment earlier this year. I didn't know they were referring to Stewart's tenure only because they occasionally showed clips from Kilborn's day. My bad.
 
2008-09-17 06:15:04 AM
proteus_b: it's very funny, often, but it's more D propaganda than O RLY is R propaganda... well, equally so, anyhow.

True, but Jon Stewart admits up front that not only is his show biased, it's not an attempt to be a real news program. Bill O is not honest about his bias and tries to pawn himself off as objective.
 
2008-09-17 06:21:43 AM
the viewers of o reilly's show who don't see it as biased are so far gone that it wouldn't matter what o reilly says. the same is true for TDS. the fact that stewart states his bias isn't relevant to my claim. but, noted.
 
2008-09-17 06:35:24 AM
Ambiturnal: FTFA: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show. Guests have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Kerry and Jimmy Carter.

More proof that Republicans have no sense of humor.



/zing


More proof that the brainless and ignorant on the left are quick to jump to conclusions without facts or any understanding. There have been many, many high profile Republicans on that show. Did it ever occur to you that the article was written by somebody as ignorant and/or biased as you? That would be the proper conclusion to draw from the part you quoted.

/reality
//NOT a Republican
///sick of ignorant, leftist reactionaries
 
2008-09-17 06:36:55 AM
I disagree with his political views, but Jon Stewart not is a funny, funny man.

I've watched the Daily show a few times now but don't find Stewart very funny, his humour seems leaden somehow.
Blair spent a lot of his political career covering up the facts that he is clever, articulate and Christian. Or at least downplaying them. Especially the Christian bit, it makes us nervous.
 
2008-09-17 06:50:41 AM
Daily Show's ok, but seriously tame compared to Mock the Week or HIGNFY

And general consensus was Tony Blair used to get rings run round him by Cameron and Hague

But what is more worrying is the whole 'faith' trip Blair seems to be pushing over there.
 
2008-09-17 06:54:28 AM
magores: I remember hearing that the Prime Minister receives the questions in advance.

The questions on the list are submitted in advance, but any supplemental questions following it are not.

Mr Logo: Then again, Stewart can inconvinience and probe him in ways that parliment's rules would prevent. He can make him look like an idiot.

The rules for PMQs are pretty much: don't call people by name, don't call them liars and don't accuse them of being drunk.
 
2008-09-17 06:54:45 AM
Stewart will edit out any answers that make him look like an idiot, like he did with Jonah Golderg.

Stewart is a coward.
 
2008-09-17 06:57:01 AM
Hiro-ACiD: Danger Avoid Death: Kome: Since it began eight years ago, politicians - mostly Democrats - have flocked to the show.

The show is 10 years old. Stewart took over hosting 8 years ago.

The show is over 12 years old, and Stewart assumed the helm 10 years ago this coming January.

The show is 44 years old. Stewart started hosting in '83. Check your facts. Sheesh.


this show predates television, and was originally a radio call in show, with red skelton as the host. my grandpa told me.

off my lawn, dicks.
 
2008-09-17 07:10:53 AM
StampedingElephant: Stewart will edit out any answers that make him look like an idiot, like he did with Jonah Golderg.

Stewart is a coward.


I agree.
Stewart does all the editing for the Daily Show as well as hosting. I think he also operates the camera filming himself, as to always make himself look best. I hear he also dubs the voices for the guests to make them say what he wants them to. What a coward.
 
2008-09-17 07:11:49 AM
Kome: proteus_b: it's very funny, often, but it's more D propaganda than O RLY is R propaganda... well, equally so, anyhow.

True, but Jon Stewart admits up front that not only is his show biased, it's not an attempt to be a real news program. Bill O is not honest about his bias and tries to pawn himself off as objective.


Well, if you actually watch the show, O'Reilly always has a liberal and a conservative guest for a segment. He is right leaning, but he also is tough on Bush. Most libs just think they know what goes on on his show. O'Reilly does not host a news program either. Stewart makes his entire living ripping on anything non-liberal. What would he do if Osama got elected?

And ya, Stewart is one funny son of a biatch. Comedy Central has made some really good funnymen.
 
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