Jon Stewart vs. Betsy McCaughey

In case you missed this last week, this extended interview was a classic take-down by Stewart as he just demolished McCaughey’s insane talking points about healthcare reform. The clip here is just a brief excerpt edited for the Rachel Maddow Show but you really should check out the complete interview (much of which didn’t air on the TV show) at either Comedy Central or the Comedy Network for the full effect.

If you’re unfamiliar with McCaughey, James Fallows at The Atlantic sums her up this way:

Elizabeth “Betsy” McCaughey also needs no introduction to Atlantic readers. She has brought more misinformation, more often, more destructively into America’s consideration of health-policy issues than any other individual. She has no concept of “truth” or “accuracy” in the normal senses of those terms, as demonstrated last week when she went on The Daily Show. Virtually every statement she has made about health-reform proposals, from the Clinton era until now, has been proven to be false. It doesn’t slow her down.

Which rather begs the question as to why she receives so much attention from the media…

Coincidentally, in the wake of the TDS interview, which resulted in widespread ridicule of McCaughey’s claims, she immediately resigned from her position on the Cantel Medical board of directors.


9 Replies to “Jon Stewart vs. Betsy McCaughey”

  1. From you Atlantic link”

    I do understand – and wrote before — about how difficult it is for the mainstream press to decide that one party to a controversy is making things up, doesn’t care about facts, and will keep saying whatever it wants. I also recognize that when a campaign of falsehoods has a political effect, the effect itself can be worth writing about.

    I’m so tired of this American crap-0-la. Only because it is now missing the “political effect” that is, in fact, occurring. Wingnuts will do and repeat whatever they’re masters tell them to and the spin required to do that is not that complicated.

    The real political effect is on everyone else, whose intellectual and emotional energy is drained by being forced to react to the endless fabrications and vilification.

    There will be no way out of it until the rest start operating as if these people simply don’t exist. However, since many, many Democrats themselves are quite happy with this situation, I doubt that’ll ever happen.

  2. If Democrats are not responding to their detractors like Barney Frank did the other day, they are failing.

  3. Again … the problem is ideology. There was once a time when political parties were loose associations of individuals who shared some core principles, but who may have disagreed on the means to propagate or defend them.

    The old Conservative Party was founded on the principle of loyalty to Crown & Commonwealth, and based on the idea that Canada was greater than the sum of its parts. Beyond that, there was an ebb & flow between mercantilism, protectionism and trade reciprocity. Policies were adopted to fit SITUATIONS (a situationalism as it were …) that confronted the nation from time-to-time.

    The same could be said for the old Liberal Party. A little less so at times, as the devotion to the abstracts of “individual” and “market” were a little stronger in that party, but to be fair, it was generally a party of principles and pragmatism.

    Something happened in the late 1970’s however. Now political parties were said to possess “belief systems” or “values” that would in general form part of a litmus test that adherents had to cling to as if the gospel – or else forgo the embellishment of being a “Conservative” or “Liberal.”

    Since then, if you do not pledge allegiance to “the shopping list” you are an apostate, or perhaps even – a “socialist”!

    It just demonstrates how insipid and banal we – as a society – have become.

  4. TG:

    I applaud Barney Frank. It is high time some of our longer-serving politicians looked some citizens in the eye and said:

    “What is your problem – are you stupid or something?”

  5. I don’ t think we have exactly the same problem as in the USA, ATY. I think our longer-serving politicians and retired politicians should start with the media. I think the time might be just about right to *start* a war with people who buy ink by the barrel, since they’re over a barrel now anyway.

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