Jon Stewart Criticizes Tucker Carlson's Visit to Russia

Jon Stewart's Latest Critique: Carlson's Russian Fascination.

by Nouman Rasool
Jon Stewart Criticizes Tucker Carlson's Visit to Russia
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Jon Stewart, the famed comedian and past "Daily Show" host, recently took Fox News host Tucker Carlson to task over his trip to Russia. A dynamic 10-minute segment saw Stewart return to his old show February 12, not shying away from topics of controversy such as his recent pointed comments on Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

In Stewart's latest monologue, he touched upon Carlson's controversial trip to Russia to interview President Vladimir Putin. Stewart criticized Carlson's excuses for going on the trip, sardonically noting that the television personality was claiming he had a journalistic obligation.

The Stewart goes on to lampoon the Carlson's crusade, which he gives some noble quest of freedom of speech, having a duplicitous window dressing. The segment also showed how Carlson marvels at the Russian banal lifestyle, by pointing at grocery stores and even their trolleys.

Carlson had liked some of Moscow's comforts, such as the subway, which he'd praised as better than any then in the U.S. and had given special mention to the shopping carts with coin slots. He thought they would keep people from stealing the carts.

The slot system's example made by Stewart was laughably small.

Stewart Critiques Russian Romanticism

Stewart bluntly scolded Carlson's romanticizing of Russian life, taking the opportunity to point out a distinct contrast in luxuries between the day-to-day in Russia and the political situation.

He kept insisting on the arrest of the citizens respecting the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which shows the difference in freedom in Russia and America. Stewart wasn't going to pass up a chance to address Carlson's comments on Russian bread and grocery pricing, taking that as a metaphor of an overly simplified view of world economics.

He also closely followed the ideological line of Carlson in his critique of the ideological line of Putin in terms of a cultural war between the values of being "woke" and "unwoke". Stewart capped his monjsonologue with a sarcastic tweak, suggesting that Carlson's sunny impression of Russia might have been more believable if not for the "meddling assassins" clinging to Navalny's death.

This last note not only served to reinforce the grim realities of Russia, but it also reinforced Stewart's facility in harnessing humor into serious commentary.