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The Daily Show Take on the You Tube Debate

July 30th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

A few days ago I posted on the general fiasco that was the You Tube/CNN democratic debate. Now The Daily Show has their own take on how absurd the whole thing was, and I urge you to watch the video if only because it’s a good laugh. They mock how the debate was aimed at making “politics hip for young people” and yet failed miserably. It should be obvious that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are together becoming a powerhouse of fantastic political satire (Colbert, Steinem and Fonda on cooking with feminists anyone?)

As for their take on the You Tube debate, it should be noted that the piece features (and, well, mocks) a group of hard-drinking left-wing, liberal youth, who are better known south of the border as a group called Drinking Liberally,  (“Promoting democracy one pint at a time,”) a group that boasts 207 chapters in 44 states plus DC. Despite the obvious satire, Drinking Liberally really is making politics and a very important upcoming election very accessible for young (albeit of-drinking-age) people. The grassroots organization describes itself as follows:

An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it’s not taboo to talk politics.

As for Drinking Liberally having a sense of humor about The Daily Show piece, they most certainly do. As it says on their website:

Do they mock us? Yes. Is it loving? We think so.

Watch the very funny video here.

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