frank - up in grand blanc wrote: Too much wise-ass stuff ...
Yeah, that sums it up. I watched him maybe once for a minute. He was interviewing somebody, don't recall if it was in fun or if he was working the guy over, but he was too smart, too well prepared/briefed to the point that he knew more about the topic than the expert, playing with him as a cat would a mouse, and was way too smug but what really does it for me is that he is too much loved by a certain demographic - young college educated white guys.
Another one is Stephen Colbert, Colbear or Colburt or however he wants to say it on any given day, who is something of a Stewart protege or successor. I remember him from Strangers With Candy, one of the funniest shows ever, so when I saw book by him at the library, in the sociology section of all places, I had to check it out. It's a rare thing when I don't finish a book no matter how bad it is but this was beyond bad. It had maybe three or four pages that were funny, the rest of it just a bunch of smarter-that-you bullshit and, if it wasn't bad enough, everything was heavily footnoted with smart-ass BS and he had other notes in the margins to slog through. In his defense, I'm sure that he had little to do with the production of that dreck. That's what the writing staff is for. He prob'ly didn't even read it before signing off on it, but if you go to Amazon and read the reviews it's the best fucking book ever. See "loved by a certain demographic" above.
You mention Limbaugh. I wouldn't put him in the same boat with JS but I remember when I first heard him, or least think I heard him. He was unknown to me when I was driving through the Arizona desert, a place where you're lucky to pull in one station, and this guy who I later assumed was Rush was just going on about all this outrageous stuff. When I finally reached home I tried to describe what I heard to my politicaly aware roommate but I really couldn't begin to articulate what I heard. I really don't care about him. Everybody was choking on the schadenfreude when he ended up hooked on Oxy's, but whatever.