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November 12, 2013 01:28 PM UTC

The Daily Show Asks Denver Voters Why They Did Not Vote In Recalls

  • by: ElliotFladen

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Last month's recalls occurred in what was generally Colorado Springs and Pueblo.  No part of Denver was included in the districts that voted.  That of course did not stop the Daily Show from canvassing people on the 16th St. Mall in Denver to figure out why they did/did not vote in the recalls.  


25 thoughts on “The Daily Show Asks Denver Voters Why They Did Not Vote In Recalls

  1. Yep, that part of the report was misleading.  They intentionally set up folks to say they opposed the recall but didn't vote without pointing out that only voters in the affected districts were allowed to vote.  In fact, one person started to mention this, but was cut off.  Another example of conservative media bias trying to make liberals look bad!!!

    OTOH – Senator Morse was brilliant.  And, the idiot who said he actually voted for the recall really was an idiot.

    1. The "this is just satire" excuse gets used whenever they screw something up.  Sorry, but many people expect Stewart to get certain underlying facts of their "satire" correct. 

      1. But Stewart is a comedy show.  Underlying facts are whatever is funny.


        Which reminds me of another time where these knights in armor were travelling around Mercia in armor.  They appeared to be riding horses or something, but it was just them hopiping about with their "page" bhind or to the side knocking two coconut shell halves together.  It was so ridiculously untrue.  There is no way a swallow could carry a coconut, no matter how strong it could grip the husk.  Sheesh.

      2. My reaction was the same as yours on this one, Elliot. I felt it was lame, even as satire for the very reason you cite.

        The people who were asked if they had voted and said no probably didn't live in Morse's district so they couldn't have anyway. Clearly nobody is going to attempt a recall of a Dem over sensible gun laws in Denver and statewide stats are meaningless in connection with specific districts.

        I do believe that without the voter suppression element and with a better turn out Morse would have beaten back the recall but not by the margins suggested by the statewide polls cited. Satire is best when it lets the core truth make the point. Not their finest hour and I love the Daily Show.

        And since you also agreed with me today over on that thread about Coffman on immigration reform, maybe the end really is near.

  2. Elliot, how about writing the producers a letter?  It might even get read on the show. And they will say something like "Oops, our bad."

    This isn't the first time they have gotten something wrong, they just like to try to make a point.   I am disappointed that they did not adhere to all the facty things. It would have been better if they had.

    But I don't think this rises to the level of Rand Paul's interesting use of wikipedia, and certainly not to faux news' pathetic exhibition of false insurance stories, and most definitely not to the level of that idiot pretend pimp framing the ACORN people and continued with his idiocy.  I don't think any of those people are proper Republicans.  They are con men and hacks.  The Daily Show people are comedians.  When we have a two party system each side gets some very interesting characters.  Se la vie.

    I really, really want my true Republicans back.  People who do not live in an imaginary world and actually believing in "the good old days" would be a start.

    1. To be fair,  Elliot didn't say anything about Rand Paul or ACORN or whether he thought this was just as bad or worse than anything in particular. I always give him a hard time when I think he's indulging in look over there evasion or Johnnie does it too excuses. Which is most of time. This, on the other hand, is a perfectly legit criticism, relying entirely on just letting the facts speak for themselves with the briefest of intros.

      Now I'm really starting to worry about that Apocalypse.

      1. We know James Franco will be totally useless in an apocalypse. Elliot, on the other hand, has more promise.  Point taken, though, I was just doing my feeble best to head him off from belaboring the obvious.  That is tiring.  

      2. Our disagreements turn often on the basis that we have a different view of the meaning of some terms (like racism as an example), resulting in a different view of what falls within them.

  3. Sorry, Elliot, I had a brain fart and reposted this in the Tuesday thread without reading your post.

    I loved the segment. I wonder if Jason Jones, the interviewer, knew that only people living in SD3 and SD11 could vote in the recall. I suspect that he did know, and thought it just would be better comedy to interview people on the 16th St Mall in Denver. 

    I really liked his interview with Morse. So funny, so sad, so true.

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