If you’re on Facebook, you’ve seen the teasers:
If you’re unfortunate enough to follow the average “destroyed” link, you’ll see “Daily Show” producers play an out-of-context clip, followed by Jon Stewart’s silent mugging for the camera and hoots of audience approval. Target DESTROYED.
Left-leaning sites like Upworthy, Huffington Post and Raw Story have run these headlines several times a week for months now. A quick Google search tells the tale:
- “Jon Stewart destroys”: 451,000 hits
- “Jon Stewart slays”: 46,300 hits
- “Jon Stewart trashes”: 372,000 hits
- “Jon Stewart wipes the floor”: 804,000 hits
And that doesn’t count the common misspellings of John or Stuart. Often, “The Daily Show” host is replaced with Stephen Colbert (60,900 destroys) or John Oliver (217,000 destroys), but the pattern is predictable.
Needing to up the ante from the all-too-common “destroyed,” progressive sites are intensifying the descriptions. Stewart now regularly “flays,” “eviscerates,” and even “disembowels” the bêtes noires of the Acela corridor.
By November I expect even tougher headlines: “SEE Jon Stewart DRAW AND QUARTER Fox News and put Bill O’Reilly’s HEAD on a PIKE as a BLOODCURDLING warning to others!”
This headline format has long been clichéd, but if it didn’t draw eyeballs it would have been dropped years back. This says less about the click-starved writers and more about their readership. To maintain their personal sense of superiority, progressives need to sit in the seat of the scoffer. They used to spend their time mocking those who dared question President Obama as self-evident fools and racists.
Now that Obama’s failure is obvious, they’ve had to move on to other targets. Defending his disastrous record would make his fans look like the unsophisticated rubes, and they can’t have that. Instead, they focus on a stumbling Fox News host, an errant red-state legislator, or any citizen whose comments can be edited to inject the left with their daily dose of smug.