Jon Stewart is very smart, but he’s no historian. He got little traction when he challenged David Barton on the history of Christian nationalism, and he messed up in describing the scenario wherein Mitt Romney could have become president and Joe Biden vice president (an electoral tie), thus potentially provoking a huge casting problem for Saturday Night Live (Jason Sudeikis plays both men).
But I was impressed last night when he used 18th- and 19th-century American history to slap down the gripe from Fox News that the recent election demonstrates “the decline of traditional America.”
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Best of Times|
What say you, fellow historians? A teachable moment? A teachable clip? Does Jon Stewart get it right? Will your students get it?