Cronkite and Murrow for an ironic millennium

From Maureen Dowd’s interview with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in the current issue of Rolling Stone.

Rolling StoneStewart: “The cornerstone of politics these days is grievance. It’s really hard to keep that going when you’re in power. I’ve admired their ability to hold on to that idea of being aggrieved while maintaining almost absolute control of all functions of government. I love it.”

Colbert: “I think the way you said it the other day on your show was “Bush is not dumb. He speaks to us like we’re dumb.”

Stewart: “It was sort of like his trip to Baghdad. He went for four hours into the Green Zone and comes back and says Iraq is making great progress. It would be like if we went to the Olive Garden and started going, “I understand Italy.”

Stewart: “I still don’t consider myself political. People confuse political interest with interest in current events. The political industry is devoted to the electing and un-electing of officials, and that can be corrosive. If the Republicans don’t lose either house, people will talk about Karl Rove’s genius. There’s no genius. It will be the triumph of machine and money and strategy over reality. I don’t think that’s anything to honor or enjoy.

Edit note: My original post earlier today included the first Q and A as placeholder until I could purchase and read the full Rolling Stone article.