I try very hard to avoid posting television clips simply because hey, you probably have a television. Anything I can contribute in that regard is frankly a little redundant. However, I’m going to break with that not-really-a-rule this afternoon to post this interview of Chris Matthews by my not-really-a-secret mancrush Jon Stewart.
Unlike Stephen Colbert, who brilliantly sends up positions he finds ridiculous by taking them to their most illogical extremes, Stewart has to walk a finer line because well, he’s not a character. It’s the fact that Stewart displays his convictions so nakedly that gives the show so much of it’s power, but that element can often work against him in an interview, as Stewart doesn’t have the facade of a cartoonish character from which he can distance himself afterwards.
I’m showcasing this clip because this rather combative interview with MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews gives great example as to how Stewart’s sincerity sometimes works in the world’s favor. To whit, Matthews’ newest book (which likens life lessons into political campaign jargon) obviously tweaks Stewart’s sense of decency to the point where he simply finds no reason to allow his show to become a platform from which Matthews can shell his pseudo-philosophy. It’s a brilliant insight into what Stewart is willing to do in terms of truly thumbing his nose at those he perceives as contributing to the poisonous nature of our culture.