Nothing stays fresh for long on these here internets, but some things are worth a second look. Like the recent "Daily Show" segment featuring Chris Matthews getting verbally battered by Jon Stewart. The clip is just as funny/intense as when it aired a few nights ago.
For the record, I like Chris Matthews. Sure, he’s incorrigible and has a tendency to interrupt people when they’re talking. But there’s a genuine joy in his eyes which illustrates how much he loves his job. I find this endearing, as I do his goofy laugh and impish smile. Do I have a man-crush? Perhaps. Matthews regularly takes positions that are anathema to both sides of the political spectrum; he’s a true Contrarian. But I don’t doubt his love for our country, as warped by Dead White Guy-worship as it may be. Plus we’re neighbors — Matthews lives in Chevy Chase. (But don’t we all, really?)
Anyway, it’s hilarious to see Stewart put the screws to him.
Despite the combativeness of the interview (or perhaps because of it), both men appear to be having a blast. Matthews, who probably isn’t used to having the tables turned as such, has an excuse for belligerence; Stewart gets to play the Righteous Joucularist, a role he’s nearly perfected. Everybody’s happy!
Viacom is always quick to put the kibosh on YouTube, so here’s a temporary embed:
If it disappears, you can always watch it at the Comedy Central site. Be sure to tell us what you think. . .