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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Politician: 0 Daily Show: 2

It must be rough to be Joe Pitts, the senator from PA who was mercilessly mocked by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's The Daily Show last week.

Pitts is upset about how his comments made during the hearing before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (in which violent video games were the subject, but nothing really seemed to be learned by any of the parties involved) were "misrepresented" by Stewart and is all but asking for an apology from The Daily Show's host.

Now, in case you missed the post here at Geeks Are Sexy which actually showed the segment of The Daily Show in question, here's a quick recap of how it went:

Pitts: It's safe to say that a wealthy kid from the suburbs can play 'Grand Theft Auto' without turning to a life of crime, but a poor kid who lives in a neighborhood where people really do shoot cops and steal cars and deal drugs might not be so fortunate.

Stewart: [old guy accent] Wealthy suburban kids don't do that kind of thing... like my good friends those fine Columbine boys...

Pitts: There's almost certainly a child somewhere in the America who is going to be hurt by this game. Maybe his dad is in jail or his big brother is already down on the corner dealing drugs.

Stewart: Maybe he buys a gun. Steals a car. Tries to run. [starts singing] In the ghetooo... in the gheeetttooooooooo. Seriously, the House of Representatives is filled with insane jackasses.

While Pitts may claim his words were misrepresented, it seems more like he was caught sticking his foot in his mouth and is now trying to backpedal as quickly as possible so that he might salvage his re-election campaign.

For more information about this story, check it out here at GamePolitics.


  • "Insane jackasses" doesn't even begin to cover this.

    By the way, in the time it took this twit to whore for one more closet white supremacist vote (assuming he put in an honest 8 hours of work, which is unlikely), the War on Terror (TM) cost us approximately $59M.

    And we're losing!

    Thank God the Pharisees and Saducees running the American Nazi, er, Republican party have their priorities in order!

    By Blogger Jeff O'Connor, at 8:49 AM  

  • Man, it is Jon Stewart:)

    @kiltak : I am reading your blog every day but I don't have my much time to comment due to my projects. Au revoir mon ami!

    By Blogger Gøkberk, at 4:07 PM  

  • Eh, violent video games are this year's gay marriage: it's a hot button that has a lot of people overly concerned about something that really shouldn't be an issue. As a result, our politicians are being a bunch of morons and making comments like Pitts' without being truly informed on the subject.

    By Blogger vansau, at 12:02 AM  

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