Though Jon Stewart professes to be an equal-opportunity comedian, conservative pundits have long accused him of carrying a flag for the left. But in the last two weeks, the Daily Show host has gone after MSNBC and the White House with a series of sharp jabs. Stewart cut Rachel Maddow
, Keith Olbermann
, and Chris Matthews
down to size and still had a few barbs left over for President Obama's irrepressible use of a teleprompter.
Stewart's shots at the left have put him in an unfamiliar position: conservative poster boy. In an sharp, informative piece by the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz
, conservative columnist William Kristol said Stewart's inner neoconservative was coming to the fore.
"Jon has always been a crypto-neocon," he e-mails. "Could he be coming
out of the closet? . . . A neoconservative is a liberal mugged by
Joining the Stewart-Right lovefest was conservative blog Hot Air, which has repeatedly harangued Obama for his teleprompter use. Leading Hot Air blogger Allahpundit
embedded the Daily Show clip in a post last week deriding the President, approvingly quoting Stewart in the title.
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