The Daily Show on Comedy Central is great at exposing hypocrisy and stupidity in politics, society, and pop culture. And as a fan of the show, I tune in regularly to laugh at the humorous way they make their points.
But on last night’s show, when they ran the segment in this video, I wasn’t laughing as much as I was physically uncomfortable. (For some reason, I can’t embed the code for the clip, so you’ll have to click here to watch.)
It wasn’t the children featured at the science fair that made me nauseous. They were awesome! But the footage of the presidential candidates avowing such hardline stances against solid scientific ideas made me queazy (old news, I know), and the interview with Republican Strategist, Noelle Nikpour, made me want to slap myself in the face with my own feet.
Now, I realize that Skepchick readers are among the most scientifically literate people on the planet, and I know that not everyone is as bright or as well-informed as you all. But it is safe to say that Nikpour is representative of a large portion of the political right in the United States, and to demonstrate such piss poor reasoning and apparently have no clue that she’s doing it, is very alarming.
It shines a very bright light on why we are here; why we care about promoting critical thinking and good science. Irrespective of someone’s political views, he or she should be able to reason properly, or at least recognize when they have failed to do so when it is pointed out to them so blatantly.
At any rate, I don’t even know what questions to ask to start today’s discussion. So, you guys can weigh in with opinions about this from any angle you want. You all are always great at that anyway. Or you can shake your head in disgust like I did for an hour after the show last night.