Sunday, August 17, 2008

Probably Elsewhere Too



Today's New York Times asks if Jon Stewart of The Daily Show is the most trusted men in America, and then looks at why this may be. With my subscription to Showtime Arabia I get to watch Mr. Stewart every day followed by Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report, a fact that my daughter in New York finds hilarious since she has to follow it online as she, being an impoverished grad student, doesn't have a cable subscription. I read my news online, following the BBC World, New York Times, Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune among others through Google News. I haven't trusted television news for many years. The Daily Show is the only "news" show that I watch and I find that it keeps me remarkably up to date with American politics, certainly as up to date as I want to be.

Perhaps it would bear examining Jon Stewart's following in the world outside of North America as well. He is incredibly popular in the Middle East among English speaking viewers for his ability to get to the point of the matter, eliminating the political fluff. I am delighted that my cable subscription gives me access to his sanity on a daily basis. It's funny the things you find in Egypt....


copyright 2008 Maryanne Stroud Gabbani

10 comments:

Mona said...

I just happened upon your blog while looking at The Brass Crescent, I too live in Egypt, and I love watching Stewart and Colbert every night!

Molly said...

My husband and I would erupt into giggles everytime the commercial advertising the show came on and both Stewart and Colbert spoke in heavily accented arabic. I'm so going to blog about it. hahahahaha I love having showtime.

Akinoluna - a female Marine said...

I love both those shows! But I'm overseas and usually can't get them to play online. :-(

Mona said...

I giggle out loud when those commercials come on! Shukran Habibi!

ahmed said...

i want know what is your opinion about egypt

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

I have about five years of weblog here that talks in detail about my opinion about Egypt. Try reading it.

Mona said...

Heehee!

Vile said...

right on Q, Stewart rocks.

Susie of Arabia said...

We have the Showtime subscription here in Saudi too and I'm thrilled that we get the Daily Show and the Cobert Report. They were among my favorite shows before we left the states.

suscipe said...

Can you see the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC? I found her a month or so before the election and watch her every night: mainstream news in the US can be very biased.