It’s not often that I’ve found myself yelling at the television, “Yes! That’s exactly it!” or joyously agreeing with flailing arms—except for when I’m watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart was always the guy you knew you could count on when you needed someone to be on your side. I’ll miss his brilliant way of mixing the serious with the lofty, poignancy with the idiosyncrasies, and ultimately how much gravitas he brought to a late night talk show on cable—often more gravitas to any real news program. And that’s why I’ll really miss him: he’s a voice we desperately need among the loud, yelling, convoluted chatter that unfortunately takes precedent in our news media. Jon, I hope you grace our television screens real soon, in some form or another, because you’ll truly be missed.
There is something very wrong and unsettling about a lot of our commercial news media. And especially when it comes to recent coverage, or non-coverage that is, of “Muslims.” There is far too much generalizing, and far too much sensationalizing. This compilation from Media Matters of Reza Aslan on CNN – discussing what he sees as overblown generalizations and incorrect facts on Islam in the wake of the developments of ISIS – is a great example of the misinformation, and ultimately discrimination, that is exacerbated through our news outlets.