Amazingly, it Jon Stewart and Comedy Central who are doing the work the so-called “Main Stream Media” should be doing.
Stewart’s guest on Wednesday August 29th was Republican Presidential primary candidate, Herman Cain. Stewart asked Cain about the Ad that Romney “approved,” claiming that Obama is removing the work requirement for Welfare recipients, and he wanted to get Cain’s opinion on the truthfulness of the ad and the truthfulness of the Romney campaign. Cain tried all the avenues he could to put his Republican spin on the ad, but Stewart was relentless, eventually reading PolitiFact’s “Pants On Fire” description of the ad.
After being backed into a corner with no way to run, Cain admits that Romney was in fact, lying and the ad was wrong.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the truth tour begins tonight!” Stewart declared after reading from PolitiFact. “Hold on, let me get in my gloating chair.”
Cain insisted that Politifact was just talking about “the language” of the ad: that somehow the word “gutted” was simply too strong. But he still insisted that the rules give states the ability to weaken the requirement.
“I’m not disagreeing with the fact that the language was too strong,” Cain said. “But it gives states the opportunity to so called increase [in employment], but the examples I have been shown, it decreased.”
“No, no, no, no,” Stewart said. “It’s not about lessening them. It’s about making sure it’s not a, I believe the phrase is, ‘One size fits all.’”
“I would agree with that,” Cain said repeatedly.
“It seems to me that not only is ‘gutting’ wrong, but lessening is wrong,” Stewart replied. “That, lessening would still be pants, necessarily not on fire, but certainly smoldering.”
“There are situations where they were looking at lessening, but…” Cain trailed off. “But I’m not… I will go along with your description.”
Then Cain turned to the audience, raised his arms and shouted: “I am sorry! So shoot me!”