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Was Jon Stewart doing ‘Amos n Andy’ imitation of Herman Cain?

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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.

And here is what Cain has to say with Juan Williams on Fox News:

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”…

WILLIAMS: Dialect.

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.

CAIN: Right.

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:

191 comments Add your comment

Steven Colbert

June 29th, 2011
2:26 pm

Really? Y’all republicans have nothing better to do than figure out if a comedian made a joke or not. How about letting partisan politics go, so that something actually gets accomplished!!!!

Brian

June 29th, 2011
2:32 pm

That’s racist. Wait, it was a liberal mocking a conservative. Never mind.

whocares

June 29th, 2011
2:34 pm

That was too funny!!!!

Seriously...

June 29th, 2011
2:35 pm

Republicans have such thin skin.

Jon Stewart

June 29th, 2011
2:37 pm

I second that Steven!!!!

Rival

June 29th, 2011
2:37 pm

Fox News is such a joke.

BFS

June 29th, 2011
2:38 pm

I am a huge Cain supporter, but he should not be surprised to be lampooned by Stewart. Have you heard him on Obama?

John

June 29th, 2011
2:42 pm

Herman Cain should be worried if John Stewart is NOT talking about him.

Philip

June 29th, 2011
2:42 pm

All you have to do is watch his show, last night he showed how he MOCKS everyone…from Obama to Bush…My favorites that he does are Liberman and Cheney.

gernblanski

June 29th, 2011
2:42 pm

You know why Stewart mocked him? Cain himself says he is a problem solver and not a comedian. Herman should have clarified his 3-page bill was not to solve an actual problem but was a joke. Its all in the delivery.

Frederick Ferguson

June 29th, 2011
2:43 pm

Herman Cain is one ignorant, bigoted, close-case clown who will NEVER be President of the United States.

Paul Cummings

June 29th, 2011
2:45 pm

I’m sorry but Sewart’s Amos and Andy dialect was racist.

jd

June 29th, 2011
2:47 pm

It was extremely racist, but as a liberal mocking a conservative and a southerner, he will never be called on it. By the way Rodney, it wasn’t one bit funny

wagwar

June 29th, 2011
2:49 pm

Fox’s proof of a liberal news bias: a comedian on Comedy Central :)

Sherman Cain

June 29th, 2011
2:49 pm

So Fox gets up in arms when Obama supporters play the “race card,” then turns around and plays the race card in defense of Tea Party darling Herman Cain. That seems pretty dumb to me.

Where was Fox when Stewart was trotting out a muppet to imitate Michael Steele? Where was Fox when said muppet was uttering things like “hipple-ty bipple” on the Daily Show?

From the persepective of a moderate, it seems that Fox is just trying to drum up drama in an attempt to continue the storyline that they’re merely victims of a liberal main-stream media.

By the way, how can the highest rated news network claim to not be part of the main-stream media. They would seem as main-stream as it gets.

Blog comments are retarded

June 29th, 2011
2:49 pm

I’m largely conservative but Stewart is funny. He always has been. He’s a liberal, sure. But he’ll point out dumb things that a liberal says too. Look, as of right now, Cain is my guy in 2012 but Stewart was right, that was a silly statement. Stewart didn’t say that Cain can’t read . . . that would have been offensive.

Rick B

June 29th, 2011
2:50 pm

If Jon Stewart (not his real name, btw, because he must be embarrassed by his Jewish heritage) were funny, then this would be a different story. He appeals to the stoners who have not the intelligence to get their news from any other source. But, hey, so long as the sheep will bleet for him, he may as well make a buck.

mister buzzy

June 29th, 2011
2:50 pm

Please. Stewart is an equal-opportunity offender. He is far more likely to adopt a self-effacing Brooklynese Jewish dialect. Everyone is fair game. Cain is a one trick pony Boortz-belt wannabe conservative. But hey, I think Obama is way too conservative and should never cave to moderates in his own party.

Prime Star

June 29th, 2011
2:51 pm

More important is the fact that Cain screwed employees out of tens of millions of dollars when he was at Aquila. Let him laugh that off. Cain is a yay-hoo appealing to the lowest common denominator, which pretty much describes the tea-tards.

Big Jim

June 29th, 2011
2:53 pm

Nothing racist about what Stewart said.I’ll give in if,and only if,conservatives can tell Fat-baugh or Insannity to stay completely away from their targets…..minorities.That means no more backing the guys who think the Obama “the magic negro” song (by Fat-baugh) was FUNNY!

left/right? i care

June 29th, 2011
2:57 pm

cain, cain go away, do not come again another day. finally, a true racial issue. hahaha. and….i say, get over it. comedians make fun of everyone. i did not see i did not hear it. but if stewart can do amos and andy, and a lot of Blacks cant even mimic them? let him do it. life is short. cain will not be prez and this “argument” is crazy. and which channel???? foxnews?? hahahaha

CmdrR

June 29th, 2011
2:58 pm

Is it really too much to focus on creating jobs, ending 3 wars, fixing education…
Oh, why bother? It’s gonna be a loooong summer. Who gets to ask Michelle Bachman, “Boxers or briefs?” or is that sexist?

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

June 29th, 2011
2:59 pm

Frederick Ferguson

You sir are a jackass. I am white and Herman Cain called me and we spoke over a half hour about my stage IV colon cancer – just like Herman had and beat.

ACAINFAN

June 29th, 2011
2:59 pm

Jon Stewart is not only a comedian, he is an arrogant, leftist idiot. He is not worth Herman Cain’s time. The only unfortunate part is that when Herman Cain makes a statement like the “three page” reference which pointed out that 2,000-3,000 page bills are rarely even read by those who vote on them, his words are twisted and mocked. Considering the fact that great documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are shorter than many of our current bills, criticism of our “long-on-words” but “short-on-common sense” politicians is valid.

Sherman Cain

June 29th, 2011
3:00 pm

Anyone else find it laughable that a “legitimate” news organization is picking a fight with a comedian?

Uncle Remus

June 29th, 2011
3:03 pm

Herman Caine deserves to be mocked. I thought the impression was spot on!!

Janney

June 29th, 2011
3:04 pm

Get over it, conservatives. If you would develop a sense of humor, your world view might change a bit.

ron banged

June 29th, 2011
3:05 pm

Yes Stewart and Colbert make fun of liberals. But the ration of lampooning of conservatives to liberals is 5 to 1, and on Colbert, if you don’t count his guests, who he treats with respect, it is 10 to 1. And it is not just the ratio but the tone. The mocking of the liberals is more cushioned and mild…the conservatives get the scathing, running joke, want-to-make-you-a-permanent-laughing-stock treatment. When a friend makes fun of you, they do it with a wink…Stewart and Colbert are never winking at the conservatives.

FWIW-Colbert is 50X funnier than Stewart. Stewart is an blowhard who has come to think of himself as a real intellectual, I get tired of his preaching. At least Colbert seems to still realize he is a comedian. Stewart is the left’s Rush Limbaugh…and I mean that in a bad way.

GA_Observer

June 29th, 2011
3:08 pm

Big Jim the Rush song was parody of an LA Times liberal article and precisely quotes the liberal author, David Ehrenstein. Do your context research. It’s hilarious in the way he intended is as a “tweak” to you stupid liberals who now use it to support your false thesis.

By contrast Jon Stewart has no depth to his schtick, it’s just mean. And if a conservative used the “Negro dialect” (Google this and Harry Reid) as a comedy prop they’d be out faster than Imus.

Ummmm

June 29th, 2011
3:10 pm

Personally, I would have found it more racist if Stewart DIDN’T make fun of Cain and the reasoning for being hands off was because Cain was black and Stewart didn’t want to seem racist. He’s an equal opportunity offender, and at least Cain understands that.

thomas

June 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

“Herman Cain is one ignorant, bigoted, close-case clown who will NEVER be President of the United States”

versus some blogger named fredrick ferguson who most likely has no control of any part of his life. too funny

scott oneill

June 29th, 2011
3:16 pm

Stewart is an idiot and one has to ask “why is this man even on tv”? His show is incredibly boring.

Dawgfan

June 29th, 2011
3:17 pm

If you listen to Herman Cain HE almost sounds like he’s imitating Amos and Andy. Is Herman Cain being racist?

John S

June 29th, 2011
3:17 pm

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Dawgfan

June 29th, 2011
3:18 pm

When black comedians do their “white man voice” when they make fun of the fact white people can’t dance, is that being racist?

Oh wait, I remember, black people can’t be racist. Nevermind.

Southgate

June 29th, 2011
3:19 pm

Say what you will of TDS and Stewart but do not forget that he reaches younger voters in a way that the GOP only wishes they could..

radiowxman

June 29th, 2011
3:20 pm

Liberal (or one of the left’s sacred cows) makes inappropriate jokes or comments about minorities/women/homosexuals: “Oh, that was just a botched joke or misspoken reference. No big deal. You all read too much into it.”

Conservative makes same inappropriate joke: Racist/sexist/bigot/homophobe who should be stoned in public or just stripped his or her position. And we’ll still bring it up 6 years later.

TheTruthHurts

June 29th, 2011
3:22 pm

yes John Stewart is a Racist to say something like that about a black person ….What a RACIST!!!!!!!

whatdoiknow

June 29th, 2011
3:22 pm

Jon Stewart is a racist.

Alex

June 29th, 2011
3:26 pm

Of course he did. If a white conservative acted and said what he did about black politician, it would be all over the mainstream media, ie cbs abc nbc cnn and the print media calling for his resignation from the network. He would be called hate filled and a racist. So like Bernie suggested, Stewart, you are a racist. You like to hide behind your comedic cape. You’re a coward and you’re not funny at all. Never were on Mtv when I did watch you. Racist Bigot.

Sogooden

June 29th, 2011
3:28 pm

Oh please!!!!! I am Black and I thought it was funny. This is not a racial issue. Herman Cain’s an idiot, end of commentary.

JD

June 29th, 2011
3:29 pm

I thought Stewart mocking himself mocking all of the politicians last night was hilarious. Lierberman and Cheney were his best, but his New Yorker is funny too.

Dave R.

June 29th, 2011
3:31 pm

So Cain doesn’t like it when a comedian makes a joke about his joke? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black — oops, I guess that’s racist too.

Eric

June 29th, 2011
3:31 pm

Hey, Herman, do us all a favor and go back to running a pizza business. You deserve to be mocked!

Jason

June 29th, 2011
3:32 pm

Did he mock him? Of course. What kind of stupid headline is that. Is it a surprise? Of course not. Stewart is a staunch liberal and he hides behind his comdedian label which is a joke itself. Didn’t this happen last week? And you’re talking about it now? I guess the left media is feeling the heat from ignoring it, eh Rod?

Billy

June 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

“You like to hide behind your comedic cape.”

You mean just like how Fox hides behind their “News” cape. All of their shows focusing on John Stewart, on Comedy Central. They are a joke.
Bernie Goldberg called it an “Amos and Andy” routine. He played the race card. Love how conservatives are now experts on what is racist and what isnt. If his show is so incredibly boring, why are you watching?

Eric

June 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

Amen to Billy’s comment!

Katherine

June 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

i love how liberals come to the defense of a slimeball like stewart but if this was a white comedian mocking obama in 2008, they would be shunned and branded a racist and you know it. So most of you are a bunch of hypocrites. And his impersonation is not like cain so give it a rest and I never heard him immitate obama until AFTER this happened. Gee wonder why. I wish stewart would just go to his craphole and disappear.

Apropos

June 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

Don’t accuse only the GOP of partisan politics. The left is just as guilty as the right when it comes to partisan politics.

Libertarian

June 29th, 2011
3:38 pm

If you extremists would please actually WATCH and OBSERVE and LISTEN to the ENTIRE video, you will see that Herman Cain himself does that southern accent. So sorry if Herman Cain’s accent/presentation sounds Amos & Andy-ish. He used it before Jon Stewart did. The problem is, that once you are called a racist, there’s hardly anything you can do. Don’t buckle down, Stewart.