Jon Stewart walked into a minefield.
Last week, the Daily Show aired a brief segment on the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and the show’s position drew an inordinate amount of friendly fire, including from this site. Stewart clearly wasn’t happy with the way his original segment was received.
So what did he learn from the experience? On Monday night, he let us know.
Stewart returned to the conflict, in a widely-disseminated segment titled We Need to Talk About Israel. Every time he tried to bring it up, Daily Show correspondents popped up from behind his desk and drowned him out with shouted slogans and epithets.
The takeaway was clear: it’s literally impossible to sit down and have a calm, rational discussion about politics in the Middle East. You simply can’t have a constructive conversation about what’s going on in Gaza. Any attempt to do so will surely end in quagmire.
Here’s the problem: Jon Stewart is wrong. And I know that thanks to Jon Stewart.