The Daily Show with Jon Stewart once again diverted attention away from criticism of the Obama administration by falling back on the left's main source of self-pleasure: Bush bashing. In a story involving the current presidential administration's potential leaking of top-secret information, the comedy central host could not help himself from diverting the nation's interest in a current scandal with the age-old tactic of dragging up a scandal from the Bush administration. In this way, the scandal now embroiling the Obama administration took a backseat to a years-old story involving the Bush administration.
Stewart was critical of Fox News' Judith Miller, who, in commenting on the leaks of top-secret information, stated that they were "truly injurious to the national security." Critics claim that the White House has orchestrated the leaking of extremely sensitive material to media outlets are designed to improve President Obama's image. But instead of actually discussing a story that is happening today, Stewart brought up a story involving Miller and the disclosing of secret information from the Bush administration that was years-old.
Blaming Bush has always been a favorite pastime of the left; George Bush has been blamed for everything from global warming to bad phone service, but it is getting a little tiresome. Mindless liberals may enjoy the constant Bush-bashing, yet all it does is demonstrate the immaturity of the left by bringing up things from years-ago to divert attention away from their mistakes of today.
Stewart's attempt at diversion also reveals the left's other favorite pastime: justifying their own nefarious activities by pointing to what they believe is worse behavior. In this way, their own behavior is mitigated and the original scandal is no longer being discussed.
On Monday, Stewart stuck to the playbook by first mentioning the Obama administrations leaking of classified information, then diverting the attention of the public by using a clip from Judith Miller, and then bringing up an incident in which Miller was involved in the leaking of information when she worked at the New York Times. By the end of the segment, Miller, and her past, was the center of attention and the current scandal involving the White House leaking top-secret information was quietly forgotten.
On Monday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart followed the script to the letter.