Jon Stewart Tears Into Ridiculousness Of CNN And The City Of Baltimore (Video)

baltimore-jon-stewartWhen it comes to the ongoing violence in Baltimore, I honestly don’t even know what to say anymore. We’re not even at a point where we’re discussing racial issues that desperately need to be addressed, we’re just dealing with arguments on whether or not looting and rioting is ever justified.

To be honest on that topic, it never is. I’m not sure how stealing full bags of merchandise from CVS or any other business has anything to do with justice for Freddie Gray’s death. In fact, I don’t believe those committing such crimes care anything about justice either; they’re just using this whole situation as an excuse to steal.

But dealing with race issues in this country isn’t going to be solved by two sides arguing over who’s most at fault, it will be solved when both sides come together to listen to one another speak honestly about why it is that, in 2015, we’re still seeing this sort of nonsense play out.

The truth is we’re not going to “find” answers to these issues anytime soon because people really aren’t asking questions, they’re just pointing the finger at others.

And our media isn’t helping matters much.

Then again, what should we expect? Our media is driven by ratings, page clicks and advertisement revenue – not the quality of the news being reported. Therefore what we see on our televisions, computer screens and smartphones isn’t always what’s factual or true, but what generates the most revenue. And ultimately this all leads to some fairly ridiculous behavior by the so-called “mainstream media.”

That was one of the points Jon Stewart took aim at Tuesday night while discussing what’s been happening in Baltimore, mocking CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for seeming “shocked” that rioting and looting might happen in America – just a few months after the rioting and looting that went on in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Elvis leading a herd of orthodox Jewish unicorns through a city street, that would be hard to believe,” Stewart said. “This sh*t happens all the time. Ferguson was just a few months ago, and you were talking about it.”

He then took aim at the culture of Baltimore itself, pointing out the poor efforts to provide decent employment for the poor by joking that casting for HBO’s The Wire was the last decent employment program in the city.

“You know your city’s fu*ked up when its last most successful employment program was casting extras for a television show about how fu*ked up your city is,” Stewart quipped.

But what bothers me most about what’s going on, aside from these instances where police officers are acting like thugs or criminals are violently rioting and looting businesses, is that we’re at a point where almost no one is actually listening to one another, they’re just trying to blame each other.

And as long as that continues to happen, we’re never going to make progress on this issue.

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Frank DiChutney

    Why don’t you go ask Elijah Cummings how he’s going to make things better. He and his progressive agenda have been in full force for over 30 years.

  • bestfriend

    I wish Jon Stewart would go away so that you’d quit hanging on his every word like it’s gospel.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      maybe you should stop hanging on every word here…..

      • bestfriend

        sssst Ouch!

    • colleen2

      WE like him because he tells the truth.

      • bestfriend

        I could see how people might like that

      • Jim Bean

        Like the four Pinocchio’s Jon got for his ‘one trillion’ being spent of Afghanistan schools? That kind of truth?

  • Frank DiChutney

    Stewart’s claim that we spent $1 trillion on Afghan schools instead of giving any to Baltimore received 4 Pinnochios from the Washington Post Fact Checker.

    Nope, Jon Stewart, $1 trillion wasn’t spent on Afghanistan schools at the expense of Baltimore

    He’s horrible. But hey, he’s just a comedian, right? Clown nose on when it’s convenient, clown nose off when he wants to taken seriously.

  • Frank DiChutney

    Jon Stewart has never spoken about the inner city problems of Baltimore until now with the riots.

    He’s the hypocrite here.

    • Heil Hitler!

      He is a kíke…