Financial News Media: The Simulacra of Capitali$t Discourse

edit:  This is only an edited version of the interview.  For the full version (because Viacom needs us to visit their crappy sites) from dailyshow.com click HERE.

the t.v.’s got them images
t.v.’s got them all
it’s not shocking!
every half an hour
someone’s captured and
the cop moves them along…
it’s just like the show before
the news is
just another show
with sex and violence…

After getting a chance to watch Jon Stewart’s face to face interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer I am INFINITELY grateful for the existence of the Daily Show. As an aspiring marxist/postmodernist intellectual I am TICKLED by the incredibly paradoxical situation of a “fake” news program whose “fake” host actually presents intelligent and straight forward perspectives which although laced with humor are often insightful and fair, whereas a “real” news network feeds us pro-capitalist bullshit propaganda and attempts to pass it off as objective. WTF?!

What interesting times we live in.

Please take the time to watch the entire interview where Jon Stewart picks apart Jim Cramer and forces that sorry excuse for a financial adviser to concede a number of shocking truths such as the fact that Mad Money is NOT a reliable source of financial information, but is just an entertaining “recommendation” on how to manage your finances. People lost their homes and entire life savings while the fat-asses who run financial institutions made their wealthy carcasses even wealthier on the words and advice of assholes like Jim Cramer and Stewart gave him a well deserved earful for his bullshit of recommending purchases of Bear Stearns stock.

Watching Cramer back peddle and sweat bullets in sheer terror of having to face up to his role in helping to perpetuate a false sense of security in the unpredictable and unstable nature of the capitalist free markets’marvelous.

To anyone who actually thinks that our news media is a reliable source of information, you are sadly mistaken. To anyone who thinks that CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, or even CSPAN are of a higher class than the crap on Comedy Central such as the Daily Show, you need to read between the lines. Jon Stewart put it best when he stated the Cramer and himself were “both snake oil salesmen to a certain extent”, but the issue was that people such as Cramer attempt to “pass off snake oil as vitamins.” The Daily Show is just a bunch of shit, but (in an INCREDIBLE IRONY) unlike other news programs it has the decency to admit that it is just a bunch of shit. Now… it’s time for me to skip ahead to the sports section for some “real” news.

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