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The Daily Show Correspondents Explain The Economy

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Just over a month ago, the intrepid correspondents from The Daily Show set out on a mission to educate the US public on what exactly 'The Economy' is all about. In their inimitable style they chose five topics to summarize such a broad subject: Banks; Wall Street; Recessions & Depressions; Trickle-Down Economics; and Economists. The challenge as always is to guess where the satire ends and the truth begins as so much of the following five clips is scarily close to the truth.

The Correspondents Explain - The Economy - Banks

Banks are like Giant F##k-You Machines...




The Correspondents Explain - The Economy - Wall Street

Wall Street is a magical place full of douche-bags and where all the super-villains live - you think it's a freeze-ray but no, its a CDS.




The Correspondents Explain - The Economy - Recessions & Depressions

A recession is when times are tough - a depression is the reason why your grandpa yells at you when you use more than one piece of toilet paper at a time.




The Correspondents Explain - The Economy - Trickle-Down Economics

Rock solid theory: "when its raining, people don't like to shop". The rich are above us, and if they drink from the fountain of wealth for long enough, then eventually some of that wealth will trickle out in a golden shower of prosperity.




The Correspondents Explain - The Economy - Economists

Why they are more than just nerdy, high-panted economic yodas with no accountability - and it really doesn't matter if they are right or if they are wrong.




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Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:47 | Link to Comment inkarri9
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Hello - Can you please fix the links?  Thank you.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:51 | Link to Comment akak
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I, too, am always annoyed by Missing Links.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:20 | Link to Comment Missing_Link
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C'mon, akak.  I know you can do better than that.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:28 | Link to Comment Arnold
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Missing Links? Isn't that what Tiger was doing during his sabattical?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:31 | Link to Comment Arnold
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Hey, go easy on us 'Missing Links'.

Or is it we 'Missing Links'?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 01:42 | Link to Comment Burnbright
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that was classic


Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:05 | Link to Comment Clever Name
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Missing Links are a sham perpetuated by the liberal agenda.


Or Sasquatch Jerky?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:58 | Link to Comment BandGap
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The links are very dry, you will have to go fishing or bowling.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:58 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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Rock solid theory: "when its raining, people don't like to shop". The rich are above us, and if they drink from the fountain of wealth for long enough, then eventually some of that wealth will trickle out in a golden shower of prosperity.

Why they are more than just nerdy, high-panted economic yodas with no accountability - and it really doesn't matter if they are right or if they are wrong.

I almost had to trick myself into thinking these were jokes.

The best comedy is ALWAYS rooted in truth.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:12 | Link to Comment veyron
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Unfortunate that comedy central is the one spreading the truth ...

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:40 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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It's ironic b/c

A) The guy who is now one of the major producers of the show (Jon Stewart) wasn't even the 3rd choice they wanted to pick after Kilborn left, but he's probably done more for journalism in America than any journalist in today's "politically correct" era has.  And if you look at the times of peril in history, whether in Empires or Dictatorship, the sharp, vivid truth often comes from the satirists (you can also guess how those societies end up).

B) Viacom is a huge greedy douchebag and is one of the mega corporations contributing to the dumbing down of America and to the fall of our society (not for this show, but for its lobbying efforts).  It's why the links will eventually be taken off of this site (and youtube).

They realize that if the majority of people took this comedy seriously, which the people who know what's REALLY going on do (hence why we laugh), they wouldn't last for long.  But they also know that only 15-20% of the population get the humor in this way, so it doesn't really matter. 

Actually, I think the left-leaning Stewart is at his best during the years when Democrats are in office.  We all know how bat-shit 90% of Establishment Republicans are, and of course the comedy layup that was George W. Bush. 

But you really have to dig in and find humor (which sadly, is at the economic expense of the nation) to blast your own guy.  Stewart essentially inferred Obama was a "pussy" for not going all-in on Single Payer Health Care, which he campaigned on.  And he;s so right; if you are gonna campaing on an ideology (agree/disagree aside), stick to the fucking thing. 

That's why we love Ron Paul, because he may be so radical on things to many people, but at least the dude is fucking consistent and I know where he stands.  Even Stewart (who has had Paul on many times) once asked if if Paul could run as a Democrat in 2004 (b/c like Repubs now, who cant stand Romney, they can't stand Kerry and know he wont win) at a Comedy Central Politcal event.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:35 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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A pretty even handed take....

Note that while JS calls FOX out on their lies and bullshit, he holds his most biting rhetoric for CNN, i.e. implying they are irrelevant and clueless....

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment 5880
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Jon Stewart makes $41,000 per day

Has 3 homes. 2 beachfront properties next to each other

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 07:30 | Link to Comment eclectic syncretist
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Easily one of the best comedy central reports was "The Big Bank Theory"

A classic for the ages.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:41 | Link to Comment Firing Pin
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Wall Street is like a clay-target (skeet) shooting range. You are the clay target. The scumbag bankers are the rich men with over/under shotguns blasting you into bits, congratulating each other when they destroy you. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:26 | Link to Comment juangrande
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"It's good to be the king! PULL!"

Mel Brooks, 'History of the World; Part 1'

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:08 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Best analysis of markets, economics, banks......ever.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:13 | Link to Comment moriarty
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Anyone know how to access these clips in the UK?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:20 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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Try finding them on youtube

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:44 | Link to Comment moriarty
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Sadly no joy as has been my experiance in the past, but we can now get them on comedy central uk web site. Cannot finrd the episode in question though. Ces't la vie but thanks for the tip.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:34 | Link to Comment Ranger4564
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I believe it's the June 10th 2012 episode but looking on the UK comedy central webside showed that episode was missing / not listed with the others.  Barclays / BOE must have paid some big money to have that link removed. ;-)

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:27 | Link to Comment uranian
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go here, do what it says (take 30 seconds), watch video.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:36 | Link to Comment uranian
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having spent a minutes digging that out so that i could watch it from the UK, i am just reminded of why i threw my TV away many years ago. tunlr does work against geo-restrictive sites, though, which is good to know (if you want to access something in the US).

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:32 | Link to Comment i-dog
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Hey ... MANY thanks for that tip, good sir!!!! Works a treat!

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:28 | Link to Comment Jolly.Roger
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These sidekicks are way behind Stewart and Colbert, comedy-wise and insight-wise.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 07:48 | Link to Comment Sofa King Confused
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Q: Does anybody know who jon stewart's older brother is?

A: Larry Leibowitz Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Euronext

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:27 | Link to Comment PrintingPress
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If you're looking to think like a muppet waste your time watching this "humor". 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:53 | Link to Comment Confused
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Let me guess, you knew all about monetary chicanery, and have been telling people for years. 


If you're looking to think like a muppet, continue using catch phrases you learned on the internet. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:39 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Sorry, I learned what a Muppet was back when I was a kid watching the Muppet Babies. If you llike having hands up your ass, then you're a Muppet, likewise if you like perpetrating the ignorance pushed by these videos, you are a Muppet.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:25 | Link to Comment Confused
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So I guess who ever posted the videos on this site is a muppet then? 


Naturally you've been calling people muppets for your whole adult life then. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:30 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Whoever posted the videos is obviously either misguided, or a Muppet with political leanings. They are essentially the same, but one is worse because it's voluntary.


I call them how I see them. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:38 | Link to Comment meltdown
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right click on the link and choose download to real player and it's magic. They play

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:53 | Link to Comment moriarty
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sadly no joy

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:50 | Link to Comment dolph9
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I don't care much for Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.

Seems like a decent guy, but he's just not that good.  It's absolutely grating to watch him.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:58 | Link to Comment Herd Redirectio...
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I grade him a 65%.  He does good work, he comments on the right topics, he sends people in the right direction, but he stops short of being QUITE as critical or satirical (as the case may be) as he should be, IMO.  If he would just tell it like it is that LITTLE bit more people would maybe wake up, and "get mad as hell".

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:37 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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and do precisely what?  half his audience are on food stamps..  the masses are fucked sheep regardles..  the only change is when other smart people take over and then get promptly corrupted since they realize the masses are pathetic sheep and so get on the dole like the last crooks

there are only two ways things really change. Massive war to reset the global power structure and reduce the population... OR...  some new energy source that is way cheaper that spurs insane productivity and prosperity


Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:34 | Link to Comment BKbroiler
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Tue, 07/10/2012 - 01:00 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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How about a massive war for a new energy source?, wait...

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:01 | Link to Comment Esculent 69
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"Jon Stewart has probably done more for journalism in America then any other journalist in today's pc world." He is one of the reasons why people voted for Obama that decided to not do journalism in the lead up to the election of Obama.  He only reports on the economy or fast and furious only when the dear leader can't cover up the obvious and so as to not look biased he then selectively reports on the events without drawing the obvious conclusion.  Remember, Stewie said on Chris Wallace that he doesn't tell the truth to his audience and that his comedy is based on his political ideology. Coimmunists come in all shapes and sizes and "entertainment". 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:07 | Link to Comment Clueless Economist
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spot on...Leibojew might be quite good if he were an equal opportunity comedian.

The way he covered for his Jewboy friend Wiener spoke volumes of his bias.

I have no time for this Liberal assclown.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:02 | Link to Comment adr
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Stewart could be good if he got that freshly made gold plated cast of Obama's dick out of his ass.

Maybe the Daily Show could explain how creating the greatest amount of part time minimum wage jobs in history and increasing the number of people on food stamps, again by the greatest percentage in history, is good for the economy.

Sadly they won't touch that. Stewart likes the Michelle Obama rub down doll with realistic dong.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:09 | Link to Comment Clueless Economist
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lol so true and (and Budweiser) made my evening.


Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:09 | Link to Comment victor82
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Stewart isn't really an honest-to-God comic.

Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, and Richard Pryor were comics.

Stewart is a court jester for the Regime. It doesn't matter which Team, Red or Blue is in power. Stewart is a little harder on the Red Team is all.

Let's be clear; Lenny Bruce wouldn't be caught dead writing jokes for Jack Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson, but Stewart has his people write jokes for Obama all the time. 

Bullshit walks, as they say.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:13 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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Show me one republican talking head who spent more time covering how Ron Paul was purposefully ignored. Maybe he gave all the Ron Paul coverage to set off a fight in the republican party. But at the end of the day his audience is young and he did more for RP than anyone anywhere this year, regardless of what his intentions may or may not have been.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:18 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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By the way allow me to correct myself. Judge Napolitano was all about Ron Paul. I just think Stewart exposed a more democratic audience to Ron Paul and that will pay dividends in the future.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:45 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Who fucking cares about Republican talking heads? This article is about Jon Stewart. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:02 | Link to Comment blindman
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upgrade or reinstall adobe reader. ?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:27 | Link to Comment GregGH
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here is link for Canadian viewers .....



Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:49 | Link to Comment russwinter
Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:46 | Link to Comment IMA5U
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John Stewart is a douche

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:50 | Link to Comment Mercury
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Now explain the wisdom of central planning for us you clever, smarmy fucks.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:15 | Link to Comment Debtless
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A depression is when somehow everything goes to black and white.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:18 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Spain's fixed. Junker says he is going to print up whatever is needed to pay the bank executives. He'll worry about getting the collateral later.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:21 | Link to Comment bankruptcylawyer
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fuck john stewart. his show is the perfect excuse for people on the left to pat themselves on the back for feeling better about hating 'republicans'. 

fuck that audience.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:04 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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@bankruptcylawyer I am psoing this to you because I have read a lot of your posts and usually completely agree with you. But regarding Stewart....I know he oozes liberalism and if you can't tolerate that he will never appeal to you....but relatively speaking he is the best thing out there in the msm. He (through comedy) exposes viewers to issues across all spectrums. I would refer you to his recent stuff on Simplot or even immigration back to Mexico. I know where he socially stands but I think even he is sick of this shit. Look at what he did to Jim Cramer. Has anyone, anyhwere taken Cramer to the woodshed the way he did?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:39 | Link to Comment nick howdy
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You mean you still fall for that left/right bullshit? Congratulations your programming has been thorough and complete.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:44 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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Who are you talking to? I know it ain't me.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:50 | Link to Comment nick howdy
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Pretty funny, but even better, I had to sit through that fucking Volkswagen commercial so many times..I can speak Spanish now..

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 03:18 | Link to Comment Dustin de Wynde
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Bread and Circuses, crumbs off of the table bullshit.

I can't take any of the financial stuff, (especially the so-called "TAKEDOWN" of Jim 'Mad Money' Cramer), that the Daily Show does seriously.

Not with Jon Stewart's brother, Larry Leibowitz, not only RUNNING the New York Stock Exchange, (Leibowitz is the NYSE's Chief Operating Officer, he only answers to The Duncan L. Niederauer), but Herr Mister Leibowitz is also the IRL Miles Dyson of SkyNet/Wall Street.

Leibowitz = Miles Dyson because Leibowitz in his position of being the NYSE/COO is the one persong singly most responible for the switching over of the NYSE's Floor to the machines of High Frequency Trading.

Leibowitz is also no fan of 'Occupy Wall Street' and/or Participatory Democracy in general, so there is that: 

Stewart has had on The Daily Show pretty much EVERYBODY, to include 3 of our US Presidents, (one of them while sitting in Office), and anyone else who is anybody, on down, EXCEPT but that he's never not once had on the guy in charge of the NYSE?

Or even mentioned him?

Does not compute.

Are you going to tell me that when that little bit of theater went down with Jim Cramer that Cramer *didn't* know who Stewart's brother is?

Half the questions that Stewart asks his Pultzer Prize winning guests who write about the Financial Sector about 'How do we fix this?' could be solved outright over Sabbath dinner at his Moms's house by just telling his brother to unfuck whatever it is those Muppet Rapers are doing over there at the shop that Leibowitz runs.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 03:30 | Link to Comment green888
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The USA and UK are both empires of entertainment,

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 04:40 | Link to Comment sandeepyadav
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Seems the links are not working for the above

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 05:58 | Link to Comment Bokkenrijder
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"To me, economics is like the Dutch language. I'm told it makes sense, but I seriously have my doubts." ;-)

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Tue, 07/10/2012 - 07:18 | Link to Comment shutupnsing
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Jon Stewart is O's Court Jester!

Convergence is near!



Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:14 | Link to Comment MeelionDollerBogus
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This is what I miss by having no TV. Well how about that

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