There wasn’t so much for Jon Stewart to laugh at in the unrest in Baltimore this week, but as usual, “The Daily Show” managed to find one bright spot: cable media.
Stewart noted that the events in Baltimore were another tragic example of intense clashes between civilians and police in a struggling inner city, no strange thing in American history.
“Like Watts and Detroit in the ’60s, Georgia in the ’70s, Miami in the ’80s, L.A. and St. Petersburg in the ’90s, these cyclical eruptions appear like tragedy-cicadas, depressing in their similarity,” the host said.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, on the other hand, was completely dumbfounded. Stewart rolled clip after clip of Blitzer covering Baltimore.
“Hard to believe this is going on in a major American city right now,” Blitzer said in one clip. “This is a scene that a lot of us never anticpated seeing in a city like Baltimore,” he said in another.
“This shit happens all the time!” Stewart said. “Ferguson was just a few months ago — and you were talking about it!”
Roll that clip:
“It’s hard for me to believe that in this day and age — 2014, so many years after Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement — we’re seeing National Guard troops on the street,” Blitzer echoed months ago. “It’s something I didn’t think we’d be seeing again.”
Stewart buried his head in his hands.
“I am worried about you.”
Watch the clip, courtesy of Comedy Central: