September 11, 2013

Every time “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart satirizes cable news, he risks over-fishing this deep sea. Yet who can blame him for taking out some choice airtime to skewer CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Blitzer asked President Obama to look into the camera and address Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, telling Obama: “You’re being seen right now on CNN and CNN International, around the world, including in Damascus. What I’d like you to do, Mr. President, if you’re amenable to doing it: Look into the camera, talk directly to President Bashar al-Assad, tell him specifically what you think he must do to avert a U.S. military strike.” Obama didn’t take the bait.

Stewart rejoined: “And why you think he deserves the final rose … It’s an interview! Stop trying to make moments.” He also suggested that Blitzer should have tried giving Obama a “Lincoln beard” to wear as he addressed Assad on CNN cameras.

The Erik Wemple Blog prefers to think that Blitzer hatched that question on the fly, on his own, without any input or consent from any other news personnel. The notion that other folks participated in the brainstorm that produced this gimmick is too much.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.