Someone once said that s truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. I would add that sometimes The Daily Show makes more sense of the news, than the actual press does. This segment is one such a time, where Jon Stewart walks us through the most ridiculous news coverage about the current situation between Hezbollah and Israel, as it is being interpreted by evangelical Christians as a sign of the “end of days,” better known as Armageddon. Not that it’s a story not worth exploring, because it is. But it is the context that the reporters are situating the story. If the story was raising the questions like:
“What does this mean for US Foreign policy?
“Does the religious viewpoint that we are nearing the Apolcolypse impact who supports Israel in it’s policy and military stragy against its neighbors?”
“What does that mean for how politicians will talk about this crisis (and what types of solutions they offer) given the upcoming mid-term elections?”
These would perhaps be somewhat meangingful to the discussion, because evangelism definitely influences the American (and moving towards global!) political landscape. But no! The kind of skepticism–or attempts to even so, or looking at several angles/arguments of an issue are completely missing from this news stories. It’s not like we’re talking about global warming, which at this point is irrefutable. We’re talking about the Book of Revelations – a religious text, mind you.
Now, the Daily Show clearly edited the stories significantly, but, I saw two of the ones they feature in their entirety, and the reporters spoke with all earnestness about the Apocalypse as if the sea were presently turning blood-red, and the Four Horseman were waving from the windows with the crowd of tourists outside their TV studios in Midtown, Manhattan.
This, is what our media is, people. Watch the clip.