Jon Stewart and Fox News have been going back and forth the past few days ever since Stewart appeared on Chris Wallace’s show. How liberal is Jon Stewart? How conservative is Fox News?
Then Georgia presidential candidate Herman Cain took offense at a recent Stewart imitation of Cain. After Cain jokingly said he’d like bills to be only three pages long, Stewart mocked him via a voice somewhat like Cain’s and implied Cain does not like to read. Here’s the exact joke:
JON STEWART, HOST, “THE DAILY SHOW”: While Pawlenty attempts to get us to face the problem inside us, candidate Herman Cain offers real solutions to fictional issues.
HERMAN CAIN (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill. You and I didn’t have time to read it. We are too busy trying to live, send our kids to school. That’s why I’m going to only allow small bills, three pages. You will have time to read that one over the dinner table.
STEWART: Bills will be three pages. If I am president, treaties will have to fit on the back of a cereal box. From now on, the State of the Union address will be delivered in the form of a fortune cookie. I am Herman Cain, and I do not like to read.
WILLIAMS: Tell me what’s your beef with Jon Stewart.
CAIN: First of all, Jon Stewart is a comedian. I understand that. But when he starts to mock the three-page joke, him being a comedian, he ought to have known that that was a joke. But he took it seriously and then he started to stretch it out with all of the other stuff. Now, when he mocked me in the dialogue of the old “Amos and Andy”…
CAIN: Dialect of the old “Amos and Andy.” I think that was a bit much. But, you know, he is a comedian. I’m running for office. I’m a problem-solver.
WILLIAMS: You know, one of the things that drives conservatives crazy, Mr. Cain, is when liberals respond to any criticism by playing the race card.
WILLIAMS: Are people going to say, “Hey, Herman Cain is now playing the race card on Jon Stewart”?
CAIN: I’m not playing the race card. Some people in the media are playing the race card. I didn’t complain. Look, the list of names that I have been called and the many times that people have tried to pull me into the race card game, I just have refused. I have got a long list of names in my radio studio where every name in the book they have called me. So I really am not overly — I’m not offended by what he was trying to do. He’s a comedian. I’m a problem-solver. So I wasn’t — I’m not the one playing that card. Some other people are playing that card. It’s not about color. I keep saying that. It’s about content of ideas and it is about character.
And here is Stewart defending himself on his own show last night by pulling the “I’m just a comedian who makes fun of everybody’s dialect” argument. It is actually funny to watch Stewart do mock accents of everyone from Dick Cheney to Pres. Obama: