Posts Tagged ‘Daily Show’

(VIDEO) Bill demanding drug testing for public assistance advances in Colorado House

Posted on: February 12th, 2012 by The American Independent 1 Comment

A Colorado House committee last week passed a bill to require individuals applying for cash assistance to first submit to drug testing. The bill passed out of committee on a party line vote, with Republicans voting in favor of the measure. (more…)

(VIDEO): Daily Show targets welfare drug-testing law

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by The American Independent 2 Comments

Last night, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart aired a segment highlighting Florida’s welfare drug testing law. (more…)

(VIDEO) Muslim Republican on ‘Daily Show’ calls accusations of terrorist ties ridiculous

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Nezar Hamze, a registered Republican and the executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told The Florida Independent that accusations tying his organization to Muslim terrorists are ridiculous. (more…)

Satirists mock John Kyl for exaggerating stats on Planned Parenthood and abortion

Posted on: April 12th, 2011 by The American Independent 2 Comments

Cable TV news satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert mocked Arizona Senator John Kyl Monday for the way he overstepped in making the case against Planned Parenthood on the floor of the Senate last week. Kyl’s wild exaggeration about Planned Parenthood and abortion, however, served to underline the distortions at the heart of the broader campaign waged against Planned Parenthood since January. (more…)

Bachmann mocked on Daily Show for Planned Parenthood comments

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took on Republicans who are attempting to defund Planned Parenthood, and as an example he used Rep. Michele Bachmann. Bachmann condemned Planned Parenthood’s “express centers” in Minnesota saying that they offer abortion. According to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, they don’t. (more…)

Reps. Bachmann, Kline cosponsor bill that allows hospitals right to deny emergency abortions

Posted on: February 7th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Reps. John Kline and Michele Bachmann are cosponsors of a bill that would allow faith-based hospitals and health care clinics to deny women emergency abortions, pro-choice advocates say. The Protect Life Act would prevent private health insurance policies offered in the health exchanges set up by last year’s health care reform from paying for abortion. It also OKs a “conscience clause” which allows religious people to deny care for women seeking an abortion.

According to the bill, the government “may not subject any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination, or require any health plan created or regulated under this Act to subject any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination, on the basis that the health care entity refuses to” perform abortions, train its staff to perform abortion, or provide referrals for abortions if the hospital or clinic won’t perform them.

As Talking Points Memo reports, the practical application of the bill would be to allow faith-based hospitals and clinics to refuse any and all abortions including when the mother’s life would be saved by an emergency abortion.

“I think a majority of Americans would agree with us that saving a woman’s life should be every hospital’s first priority,” Alexa Kolbi-Molina, an attorney with the ACLU told TPM. “We all know a woman who has faced a complication in her pregnancy … we would hope that when that woman goes to a hospital she would be protected and get the care that she needs.”

“I think a majority of Americans would believe that a hospital should not be imposing their religious beliefs when providing care, especially life-saving care,” she added.

The bill would also ban private health insurance policies that cover abortion from participating in the health insurance exchanges that are a part of the Affordable Care Act. And a part of that ban contains the same language related to “forcible rape” as another bill sponsored by Bachmann and Kline, as well as Reps. Chip Cravaack and Collin Peterson, that generated considerable controversy last week.

That bill would have changed the definition of rape to exclude many forms of non-consensual sex, including date rape and statutory rape. The bill’s author conceded that he would change that language.

The Daily Show’s Kristen Schaal uses humor to demonstrate how the change in the definition of rape in the bill might affect women who have been the victims of sexual assault:

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Daily Show to mock religious arguments in Texas House speaker’s race

Posted on: January 20th, 2011 by Mary Tuma No Comments

State Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin) says he was in on the joke while being interviewed by The Daily Show’s John Oliver. The late-night comedy program correspondent ventured to Austin this week to tape a segment poking fun of the religious undertones that transpired during the recent Texas House speaker race. The piece sought to highlight and mock the vociferous calls by the religious right to elect a conservative Christian speaker rather than state Rep. Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), who is Jewish.

“I am going to look like an idiot, and they are going to have fun at my expense…and that’s OK,” Naishtat said.

The back and forth between Naishtat and the political satirist lasted about 45 minutes in the representative’s office, with several intermittent retakes. While Oliver knew that Naishtat, a fan of the show, understood it was parody, he played along.

“They turn everything around on you, it’s hysterical. He would ask, ‘What was the problem with the speaker’s race? If I answered ‘they tried to inject religion into politics’ he would follow up with, ‘Why don’t you think there should be a Christian speaker?,” said Naishtat.

More seriously, Naishtat, who is Jewish, says he was excited that The Daily Show is drawing nationwide attention to the religious debate in Texas. Offended and angered at the “inappropriate” way the challenge to Speaker Straus was handled, Naishtat described Straus’ critics’ arguments as inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.

He says the show, tentatively scheduled for next Thursday, initially planned to cover the speaker’s race for a segment in an earlier show but postponed the trip.

Pawlenty stops by Daily Show on national media tour

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by Patrick Caldwell No Comments

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty stopped by The Daily Show Wednesday night to chat with Jon Stewart, continuing his media tour. Pawlenty has appeared on a host of television programs this week, ranging from the standard news programs to shows such as The View, as part of his tour promoting his new book, Courage to Stand. (more…)