As Iraq falls to pieces, Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show,” as usual, went to the archival footage. He showed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2001 urging the overthrow of Saddam Hussein; he showed Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol warning about Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction; he showed Paul Wolfowitz talking about Iraq’s ability to finance its own reconstruction.

“Those idiots were ostracized, never heard from again,” Stewart joked.

In light of recent events, he continued, the news media have “rushed to get the band back together again”: Kristol appeared on ABC News on Iraq; Wolfowitz on NBC News; and Graham on CBS News and CNN. None of those fellows, however, has reaped the exposure of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was all over the television last week in the midst of the Iraq breakdown. Or, as Stewart put it, “And since John McCain was one of the wrongest before and during the war, it’s only fitting that in this current crisis, he was on so many shows, you’d think he just won ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ”

“We had that war won, and we blew it,” McCain said in one of his media ops. After abridging some of McCain’s hawkish views on overseas hot spots, Stewart finished, “The John McCain military victory plan for America is the same as the John McCain media strategy: Be everywhere, forever.”

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