Obama did offer lavish praise for a couple liberal pundits--Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, the New York Times's Paul Krugman, and Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan. "I don't watch a lot of TV news," said Obama. "I don't watch cable at all. I like The Daily Show, so sometimes if I'm home late at night, I'll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart's brilliant. It's amazing to me the degree to which he's able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do."
The president said he reads every single New York Times columnist, and that liberal economist and columnist Paul Krugman "[is] obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there."
Obama went on to say that he does "read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going," but he didn't single out any conservative commentators for praise.
He added, "There are a handful of blogs, Andrew Sullivan's on the Daily Beast being an example, that combine thoughtful analysis with a sampling of lots of essays that are out there. The New Yorker and The Atlantic still do terrific work.
Paul fucking Krugman? Really??? And Andrew Sullivan, anti-Israel to the point of virtual anti-semitism, who spent the better part of 2008-2009 with his nose up Sarah Palin's uterus? And Jon Stewart, Mr. Clown Nose himself, is...brilliant?
If you've thought the president's campaign seemed a bit irrational, and his polices incoherent and illogical, now you know why.
He's taking his intellectual cues from the New York Times op-ed pages and from Comedy Central.
Not that there's a significant difference.
Krugman, Sully, and Stewie...