Video: Exclusive - Marc Thiessen Extended Interview Pt. 1 | The Daily Show | Comedy Central
While the majority of The Daily Show is comedy and satire, John occasionally proves to be an incredible interviewer. He actually is engaging the person he's interviewing, challenging them. In the first part he talks over Thiessen a bit, but apologizes and backs off in the second half. Really well done. He also hit on something a lot of people forget: The two views re: waterboarding are not actually that far apart. "I say we can go this far, you say we can go THIS far."
In contrast, it seems like the 24-hour news channels mostly just sit there and let their "interviewee" spout off some talking points and then call it a day. I recall Giuliani on CNN, a so-called liberal news channel, say "We did not have any terrorist attacks under the Bush administration, we've now had one under the Obama administration. (referring to the Ft. Hood shooting I think, it was a while back)" What? Blatantly false... and it went entirely unchallenged. A similar incident happened on Fox News, although I can't recall exactly who they were interviewing at the time.
John breaks out some good facts and shows how the Daily Show crew went and did some research and prepared for this discussion.
It's so weird to be saying this, but, why can't CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News be more like The Daily Show?
edit: Thread discusses media interviews and such, for waterboarding/torture discussion I'm sure we have a thread for that somewhere.