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Jon Stewart on CNN: Wolf Blitzer Asked Michele Bachmann to 'Dumb it Down' (Video)

Stewart says CNN has reduced everything to good or bad, and that's worse than being partisan

CNN may eschew the liberal politics of MSNBC and the conservative worldview of Fox News in the spirit of journalistic objectivity, but Jon Stewart says CNN is being worse than partisan: It's being shallow.

“CNN has moved beyond this simplistic partisan world view to a simplisticier one,” Stewart said on Tuesday's “The Daily Show.”

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Stewart said the network now boils down everything — from the latest developments in a murder trial to the Obama administration's approach to healthcare reform — to the question of whether this is a good thing, or a bad thing.

“The beautiful thing about good/bad is that, like beige, it goes with everything in an equally unsatisfying manner,” Stewart said.

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Cut to Wolf Blitzer pressing Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann to boil down her objections to Obamacare.

“I just want to make this clear: That's Michele ‘I think vaccines give you brain damage’ Bachmann being told by Wolf Blitzer to dumb it down,” Stewart said.

Stewart noted that it's not just Blitzer who is employing the new good/bad mandate and ditching nuance.

“It's like the word went out from CNN HQ, ‘Look, nobody watches this network unless they're in the airport or going somewhere, so 86 the professor talk and just let the people know: Does this story go in my happy bag or my sad bag,'” Stewart said. “Emoticon me. Chop, chop. These people have planes to catch.”

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  • Manitobaman

    The Daily Show's festival of CNN “Good Or Bad Thing?” clips was a classic. Some days Wolf Blitzer and Michelle Bachman deserve each other. I noticed the clip package on the recent government shutdown and debt ceiling debates, revealed another maddening CNN trait. In poll stories, CNN personnel tend to say 56 per cent of Americans think this and 38 per cent of Americans think that or six in 10 Americans believe this is bad.Viewers want to yell back– no 56 per cent of Americans do not believe this—only 56 per cent of the usually a little over 1,000 people who didn't tell the pollsters to buzz off, believe this or that. Sometimes these polls are only 700 people or so.But you usually have to go to CNN's web site to find the poll size. CNN's graphics never bother with this important detail.