What: A collection of clips that put last week’s Capitol siege in deeply unflattering context for GOP politicians and the media that exists to assist them.
Who: The editing team at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Why we care: Although it’s a bit long in the tooth, The Daily Show’s tried-and-true technique of a talking-head montage still has the power to pack a punch.
Especially when the editors have so much material to work with.
The show’s latest edition compiles a stultifying collection of powerful politicians and high-rated news anchors, all pushing the big lie that Democrats stole the 2020 election. “Heroes of the Insurrection” lays down some mockingly rousing orchestral music beneath one clip after another of people who should know better, encouraging true believers to “fight” against such tyranny, 1776-style.
I would say that this all looks rather damning in hindsight, but in truth, many observers—ahem—were calling out the danger in real time.
Now that the catastrophic results of such intentionally inflammatory language around election lies are undeniable, surely the people behind it before will have to tone down it now, right? Right?
No, they will not.
Peter Navarro: “The Democratic Party did violence to this country by attacking a president who I believe was legally elected on November 3,” “74 million Americans out there” are “pissed off” like him.
Maria Bartiromo: “We know that there were irregularities in this election.” pic.twitter.com/NFqdKQTjFK
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) January 14, 2021
So much for “unity.”